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DeKalb Police to hold lethal force discussion

By Northern Star staff | March 4, 2016

DeKalb Police will hold a community demonstration and discussion about the use of lethal force by police officers.The event will be from 1-4 p.m. March 12 at the DeKalb Police station, 700 W. Lincoln Highway, and will feature discussions on threat levels,...

Then-senior psychology major Brooke Harris defends herself from her opponent, an NIU campus police officer in full protective gear, in April 2014 during the Rape Aggression Defense program. The goal of the class is to educate women in case of an attack, said Lesley Rigg, interim vice president for Research and Graduate Studies.

DeKalb Police to teach self-defense

By Northern Star staff | November 3, 2015

The DeKalb Police Department will hold self-defense courses for women throughout November.Officer Allison Benthusen and detective Paul Mott will provide attendees with information on defensive tactics and mindset, basic principles for self-defense and...

Police collect 225 pounds of pills for Prescription Drugs Take-Back Day

By Northern Star staff | October 19, 2015

The DeKalb Police Department's Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Sept. 26 weighed in at 225 pounds of unwanted medication.The police department provides a medication drop box, located inside the station, 700 W. Lincoln Highway, to alleviate potential...

Police to conduct child safety check

By Northern Star Staff | September 17, 2014

The DeKalb and Sycamore police departments will conduct a child safety seat checkpoint 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday outside of Hy-Vee Floral, 2700 DeKalb Ave.Certified child passenger safety technicians will provide free safety seat inspections as a part of...

City’s CodeRED warning system to launch after test

By Keisha Howerth | June 15, 2014

The city plans to launch a test call for the CodeRED alert system in coming weeks.Chad McNett, DeKalb community relations officer, said the test call was pushed from the end of May to train more dispatchers and get them comfortable with the system. The...

Police, DEA to team up for event

By Northern Star Staff | April 20, 2014

The DeKalb Police Department will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.The event will provide an opportunity for residents to safely dispose of unwanted, expired or unused prescription...

CodeRED provides residents with emergency notifications

By Keisha Howerth | April 9, 2014

The city of DeKalb is encouraging residents to register their contact information into the new CodeRED alert system.The DeKalb Fire Department will conduct  a test call at the end of May once more residents register. The CodeRED system will send out...

Crime app updated to keep city ‘cleaned up’

By Keisha Howerth | February 11, 2014

The DeKalb Police Department is looking to increase awareness for abuse and neglect of animals for the iWatchDeKalb app with its recent updates.The iWatchDeKalb app added two categories users can report issues for: code enforcement violations and crime...

‘Heroes’ provide presents

By Porsha Stennis | December 1, 2013

The DeKalb Police Department and Target hope to help even more children this year than its Heroes and Helpers program usually does.In 2011, the Benevolent and Protective Association, a group of officers who raise money to sponsor youth groups and events...

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Buckle up for the holidays

By Stoney Stone | November 25, 2013

In an preventative effort to curb reckless behavior, local officers are planning roadside safety checkpoints throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.Officers will check for seat belt use as Illinois law requiresall passengers in a vehicle to wear a seat belt....

City officer recognized with ‘distinguished’ award

By Keisha Howerth | November 12, 2013

Community relations officer Chad McNett is being recognized as a contributing member of his community.DeKalb’s officer was one of six candidates chosen this year to receive Highland Community College Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The foundation...

Community relations Officer Chad McNett describes a holding pen, which will be cushioned for intoxicated criminals, in the booking room of the new police station Tuesday. The station is set to open in 10 to 14 days. 

New police station embraces technology

By Lark Lewis | October 29, 2013

The DeKalb Police Department will be able to call a new building their home in 10 to 14 days.Talk of the Police Department getting a new facility has been in the works for more than 10 years, and the new building, located at 700 W. Lincoln Highway, is...