In an ongoing effort to support the safety of our community members, the Eastern Illinois University Police Department continues its focus and concentration on increased foot and bike patrol. The University Police Department consists of 17 sworn officers and patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The increased foot and bike patrol will allow for closer interaction with students than vehicle patrol. The University Police work closely with the Charleston Police and other local agencies. As always, we encourage students to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity by calling 911 or the non-emergency dispatch, 217-581-3212.
10/14/2015 Update on the robberies referred to in the letter from September 22:
Arrests have been made in 3 of 4 robbery cases. It is anticipated that additional arrests will be made soon on the pending case.
From: On Behalf Of Adam Due, Chief - University Police Department
Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 6:58 AM
Subject: Letter to the EIU Community
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
Over the last week, multiple robberies have been reported by members of our campus community. This is uncharacteristic of our community and of great concern to both the University and the City of Charleston.
The University Police Department (UPD) and Charleston Police Department (CPD) work together as a team to keep our community safe, with the UPD patrolling on campus and the CPD patrolling off campus. Our departments are working very closely to solve this past week’s crimes. The UPD patrols our campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Officers patrol on foot, on bicycles, and in cars. Most officers are in uniform, but some are in plain clothes. Last week, we increased the foot patrol of Eastern’s officers to increase the presence of officers in less traveled areas and to allow officers to see and hear more than they can in cars. EIU also utilizes approximately 650 cameras for safety and security purposes.
When incidents occur that may pose a threat to the health or safety of our campus community, we share that information through email and/or text messages. The information that is shared in those messages may be limited for a variety of reasons. The amount of information shared with police is sometimes limited. In some cases, victims don’t see the suspect or are unable to give a description of the suspect; in other cases, victims and witnesses may give conflicting descriptions of suspects. At times, a description that is given by a victim or witnesses is so vague that it does not help to narrow the field of possible suspects. The email and/or text messages are sent in an effort to heighten the awareness of members of the campus community and to remind individuals to exercise safety precautions.
The UPD has been asked if this past week’s incidents involved the use of weapons. None of the robberies that occurred this past week have been classified as armed robberies.
The most recent incident, which occurred yesterday near the basketball courts at 4th Street and Roosevelt, was dispatched as a robbery but was reclassified as a theft. It involved juveniles stealing the unattended property of individuals playing on the basketball courts. Two individuals were apprehended.
The suspects involved in one case might or might not be involved in multiple cases. The UPD and the CPD continue to work diligently together to bring closure to each of these crimes. We are confident that we will be able to restore the sense of calm and security that is familiar to our community.
At all times, please remember to exercise good judgment, take care of one another, and report any suspicious activity as soon as possible.
Chief, University Police Department
Eastern Illinois University Police
The Eastern Illinois University Police Department, located at the corner of 7th and Grant, provides service and protection to the campus community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The 23 person force of armed and commissioned police officers have full arrest power and are graduates of the Illinois Police Training Institute. All are trained in emergency response procedures, first aid, and firearms proficiency, and are provided continuing training opportunities to upgrade their skills.
The Department enforces state laws and University regulations. All criminal incidents are investigated. The University Police Department maintains a cooperative relationship with the Illinois State Police, the Coles County Sheriff's Department, and the Charleston Police Department. The University Police Department is a member of the East Central Illinois Drug Task Force, which is comprised of 7 law enforcement agencies responsible for street level investigations. The department receives its dispatching and Emergency 911 service from CECOM.
R.A.D. Rape Aggression Defense
The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. We provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth, and is the key to our free lifetime return and practice policy for R.A.D. graduates.
Please take the time to talk to our R.A.D. Instructors. Fill out a card of interest in person or print one online so that we can let you know when we will be conducting the next class. Please contact us with any questions you may have concerning R.A.D. at (217) 581-3213.
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