University Police Officers patrol the campus and an area around campus between College Rd, Maple Ave, Naper Rd and Green Trails.
University Police Officers have jurisdiction anywhere in DuPage, Cook and Sagamon Counties.
Patrol officers are assigned to work one of four shifts to provide around the clock police service to the University community. Officers are assigned to patrol specific areas on campus in marked squad cars, mountain bicycles or on foot. Officers also use covert and tactical patrol methods such as plain-clothed patrol when required to address specific crime problems.
Patrol officers respond to crimes in progress, traffic accidents, reports of suspicious activity, and request for assistance ranging from medical to persons locked out of their offices/residence hall rooms. Patrol officers conduct initial investigations of most crimes reported on campus and are often the first point of contact that the campus community has with the University Police.
Officers are assigned to an area on campus as their "beat". Officers are assigned to patrol these areas most exclusively and become familiar with the area and university community. Patrol officers use a proactive problem solving approach and work with the university community in their beat toward reducing crime through crime prevention and education.
The Benedictine University Police Department integrated the use of bicycles into its patrol operations in 2007.
Currently this unit consists of 2 specially trained officers. The bike unit employs the use of 2 specially designed and outfitted Trek mountain bikes. Benedictine University Police bicycles are outfitted with aggressive all-terrain tires and off-road suspension systems.
Officers assigned to the Bicycle Unit must complete a basic training course with a department instructor and complete an annual 8-hour refresher training course to maintain bicyclist-officer certification. Police Cyclist training includes instruction on operating the bicycle trough various skills courses, up and down stairs, over obstacles, multi-mile endurance rides, bicycle maintenance skills, and rider physical conditioning.
Bicycle officers can exercise the option to ride throughout the entire year, dependant upon weather conditions and staffing. The Bike Patrol Unit is an additional facet of the department's proactive approach to law enforcement and service to the community.
Since its inception, the Bike Patrol Unit has become an invaluable asset. The Bike Patrol furthers the community relations by increasing the Police Officer's visibility and approachability, while allowing this unit's inherent mobility for quick response times and increased efficiency in patrolling the inner areas of the largely pedestrian academic area, and parking lots.
Furthermore, due to the agility, speed and stealth-like characteristics of the bicycles, officers assigned to the Bike Patrol Unit are able to quietly and quickly surprise suspects engaged in criminal activity.
The Benedictine University Police Department integrated the use of a Canine trained to detect illegal drugs in 2010.
Currently this unit consists of a Golden Retriever and a specially trained police officer.
The K9 Officer and his partner "Sophie" are required to attend specified training by the State of Illinois for drug detection. Sophie must continue to train regularly to maintain her certification K9's training includes instruction on various skills courses, up and down stairs, over obstacles, finding various types of drugs and working with her handler and partner.
The K9 Unit is yet, another facet of the department's proactive approach to law enforcement and service to the community. Since its inception, the K9 Unit has become an invaluable asset and welcomed "face" to the Community.