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University Police Officers and Staff

Command Staff

Debra Vanderploeg, Interim Chief of University Police - Ext. 1104

She began her career in 1998 and worked municipal for five years when she left to raise her girls. After nine years, she returned to law enforcement in higher education at BU. "I very much enjoy interacting with students and staff and my goal as a University Police Officer is the success and safety of the students." After almost five years, she left BU for another opportunity. Three years later, she returned home to BU, where she began her higher education law enforcement career.  She attended Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) which is a specialize curriculum that aims to reduce the risk of serious injury or death during interactions between persons with mental illiness and police.

When not at work she likes spending time with her three children and husband.

Brad Wilcoxon, Sergeant - Ext. 1102

Brad Wilcoxon has 30 years of municipal law enforcement experience. He retired from the Elmhurst Police Department after 23 years, where he served in both the patrol and evidence unit. Prior to the Elmhurst Police Department, he was employed with DuPage County Corrections for six years.

Police Officers

Jamal Sykes, Police Officer - Ext. 6651

Jamal has 12 years of both municipal and higher education law enforcement experience.  Before coming to Benedictine, he worked as a police officer with Blue Island Police Department, also at Triton College, and a security officer with Elmhurst College.  He is also trained as a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer.

Royce Williams, Police Officer - Ext. 6670

Royce became a police officer later in his career after working 20+ years as a commodities broker both in Chicago and London.

He has worked as a patrol officer both on the south and west sides of Chicago, and has a daughter attending school at Benedictine.  Royce is also a student of the M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior program at Benedictine.  Royce enjoys interacting with the University community and positively impacting students, staff and faculty.

In his free time, Royce enjoys fitness and family.

Dispatch Staff

Claude Ortega, Dispatcher

Claude handles phone calls, walk-ins and radio calls from the community, visitors, faculty, staff, students and officers. Dispatchers operate 24/7, 365 days a year. On campus, there are emergency call boxes and we have emergency & non-emergency lines.

University Police

Parking Garage, Lower Level
5720 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532
Emergency: Dial 911
Non-Emergency: (630) 829-6122