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City officials OK patrol radios

By Jessie Kern | April 5, 2018

The DeKalb City Council unanimously approved the proposal for the police department and fire department to purchase $171,000 in public safety radios.The City Council held a Special City Council Meeting Wednesday to discuss the purchase of these public...

DeKalb Police have changed their way of communication since Feb. 14, 2008

DeKalb Police have changed their way of communication since Feb. 14, 2008

By Northern Star File Photo | February 12, 2018

Students are tended to outside of Cole Hall at Northern Illinois University Thursday,Feb. 14, 2008.  A gunman opened fire inside of a large lecture hall classroom injuring several. A man opened fire with a shotgun and a handgun wounding several people Thursday afternoon before apparently killing himself, authorities said.  (AP Photo/Jim Killam, Northern Star, HO)

Police awarded federal grant | Funding to support mental health study

By Lindsey Salvatelli | November 16, 2017

DeKALB — The DeKalb Police Department has been the recipient of a federal grant to provide a better response when dealing with people with mental illnesses.Police officials applied for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Police-Mental Health Collaboration...

Donation sites for Thursday’s storm request monetary donations only

By Northern Star staff | April 13, 2015

DeKalb donations sites have been overwhelmed with supplies and are requesting donations be in the form of cash, check or gift card, according to a DeKalb Police news release.DeKalb police will continue to collect cash, checks or gift cards. Monetary donations...

A DeKalb Police patrol car is parked near the 7-Eleven at the corner of Hillcrest Street and Annie Glidden Road in January. This is just one of the streets in the area that has been watched by the Police Department to reduce crime.

DeKalb PD report: Sex offenses fall, meth offenses up

By Keisha Howerth | April 15, 2014

According to the DeKalb Police Department’s Annual Report, from 2012 to 2013, some major crimes have decreased.Sex offenses decreased by 24 percent, with 41 cases in 2013 and 54 in 2012. Burglary decreased by 11 percent, with 191 cases in 2013 and 215...

The new DeKalb Police Station along Lincoln Highway has caused stir among some members of black student organizations due to its proximity to the Center for Black Studies.

Police station’s location draws ire of some students

By James Bartley | November 6, 2013

As the DeKalb police station prepares to open at its new location, a debate about it being located across from the Center for Black Studies continues.The station is located at 700 W. Lincoln Highway and is near the Center for Black Studies, 621 W. Lincoln...

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...

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Homecoming weekend ‘busy’ for local police

By Ryan Chodora | October 15, 2013

Homecoming weekend gathered a crowd and crime this weekend.The DeKalb Police and Fire departments had to increase their staffs over the weekend to keep up with the increased activity in DeKalb, bringing in additional help.“It was an extremely busy weekend...

DeKalb reacts to Obama’s gun control plans

By Brooke Shinberg | January 23, 2013

President Barack Obama introduced a series of legislative measures and executive orders centered around reducing gun violence during a national address on Jan. 16. The speech outlined 23 points that Obama said he hopes will decrease gun violence and crime...

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22 Pike fraternity members face arrest warrants in relation to student’s death

By Kelly Bauer | December 17, 2012

On Monday, arrest warrants were issued for 22 Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members in relation to the Nov. 2 death of David Bogenberger, a pledge and NIU freshman. Bogenberger was found unresponsive Nov. 2 at the Pi Kappa Alpha house, 1020 W. Hillcrest Drive....

New police station faces redesigns

By Brooke Shinberg | November 7, 2012

The new DeKalb police station is starting to take a new shape because of recent redesigns. The police station is being built on 700 W. Lincoln Highway. However, the original blueprint included more resources than are currently being included. Resources...

Local police offer advice for ensuring personal safety in city

By Brooke Shinberg | November 5, 2012

On average, the city of DeKalb faces a violent crime every 36 hours, and there is a sexual assault every eight days. There are a few simple things people can do to help ensure their own safety. “I think as far as the assaults, whether it be sexual or...