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Police to work on racial sensitivity

By Kierra Frazier | December 1, 2019

DeKALB — Increased training could be coming to the DeKalb and NIU Police Departments this month to teach officers how racial and emotional intelligence can serve the community. Interim Police Chief John Petragallo said there needs to be continuous...

Upcoming events: week of Oct. 7

Upcoming events: week of Oct. 7

By Northern Star Staff | October 6, 2019

MondayBoard of Trustees Professor Seminar: Ross Powell, Board of Trustees professor of geology and environmental geosciences, will give a seminar on NIU’s research into climate change 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room....

Survivors of sexual assault are not alone

By Haley Galvin | March 28, 2019

Every 92 seconds, a person experiences sexual assault, according to according to Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network statistics.Sexual assault is more common than people realize, and it is even more prevalent on college campuses. Compared to 18 percent...

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Safety Bulletins need to be sent out more often to make students feel safer

By Lisa Lillianstrom | October 7, 2018

When it comes to feeling safe on campus, students want to know what is going on so they can keep an eye out for unsafe situations, which is why safety bulletins are necessary and should be sent out more often.The NIU Police Department sends bulletins...

DeKalb County Sheriffs Officers stopped a vehicle for driving without lights on at the corner of Annie Glidden Road and Stadium Drive at 2 a.m. Sunday. The driver, David M. Stearns, 19, of St. Charles, did not admit to drinking, but failed field sobriety tests. Police arrested Stearns for DUI, DUI over .08, driving without lights on when required and unlawful consumption of alcohol. The other passengers, Garret H. Pahlke, 19, Adam C. Taylor, 19 and Trevor T. Schatzlein, 19, all of St. Charles, were arrested for unlawful consumption of alcohol. DeKalb County Sheriffs Officers stopped a vehicle that failed to yield to another vehicle and not use a turn signal on the corner of Annie Glidden Road and Hillcrest Drive at 3:52 a.m. Sunday. The driver, Chad J. Keller, 25, of Milwaukee, Wis., admitted he had been drinking and failed field sobriety tests. Police arrested Keller for failing to signal, DUI and DUI over .08, and transported him to the DeKalb County Jail pending bond. Police responded to an apartment in the 1000 block of Lincoln Highway for a report of subjects trying to break into the apartment at 7:40 p.m. Saturday. Police arrested David J. Vogt, 27, of Chicago, for disorderly conduct, battery and obstructing a peace officer, Michael J. Vogt, 20, of Freeport, for disorderly conduct and Brett R. Westerland, 19, of Coal City, for unlawful consumption of alcohol, using a fictitious drivers license and obstructing a peace officer. Complainants called police at 9:24 p.m. Friday because they were worried about their friend, who they told police was intoxicated. Police located the subject, Justin V. Korff, 24, of DeKalb, in the 300 block of East Sunset Place, where he had defecated in the front yard of a residence. Police issued Korff a citation for defacing public property and released him.

Campus Crime April 2018

By Northern Star Staff | July 9, 2018

 The following was taken directly from the NIU Police Department. Anyone mentioned is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The NIU Police Department provides police reports at niu.edu/public safety.April 51. At 11:18 a.m., someone...

Freeman: hatred opposes university’s fundamentals

By Northern Star Staff | March 19, 2018

Hate flyers, stickers and posters have been spotted around campus.Acting President Lisa Freeman condemned the postings and said the message being distributed does not align with the university's mission of diversity and equality, according to a March...

Under the lens: A look at DeKalb crime

By Lindsey Salvatelli | November 16, 2017

Crime Under The Lens is a two-part series that investigates the recent increase of violence in DeKalb and its affect on residents.DEKALB - More than a week has passed since the sound of gunshots rang out on the northwest side of DeKalb, but the gun violence...

SA Senate addresses gun issues

By Jessie Kern | November 6, 2017

DeKALB — Concern regarding safety on and around campus continued to take prominence in student discussions during this week’s Student Association Senate meeting.The SA Senate hosted Jason John, NIU deputy police chief, to provide an update about the...

Police increase Halloween patrol

By Michael Urbanec | October 30, 2017

DeKALB — As Halloween approaches, students prepare for a week full of costumes and candy, but the recent influx of shootings may damper the excitement for some.Since the start of the semester, there have been five shootings located in the northwest...

Angela Kaminski, licensed clinical social worker, speaks to students about supporting survivors of domestic violence at the Got a Minute? Series Wednesday night.

Students learn to support survivors | Event series combats domestic violence

By Morgan Fink | October 12, 2017

DeKALB — NIU officials continued to host their Got a Minute? Series for university and DeKalb community members Wednesday to shed light on the resources available to domestic violence survivors.The four-part series, which is being offered as part of...

16-year-old arrested for shooting

Shots fired into crowd

By Northern Star Staff | October 11, 2017
Crime scene
The above data reflects the amount of occurrences for various crimes at NIU’s DeKalb campus in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The data was collected for the 2017 to 2018 Annual Safety and Security Report, which is published in compliance with the Clery Act.

Clery Report shows drop in campus crime

By Morgan Fink | October 2, 2017

The 2017-2018 Annual Security Report released on Friday showed a trend of decreased offenses on the DeKalb campus.The report is required to be released under the Clery Act, a federal law which orders the disclosure of campus security policy and crime...