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Elections, on-campus police to be improved

By James Green | January 27, 2014

NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips spoke about his plans for NIU’s police department at Sunday’s Student Association Senate meeting.The Senate also approved the formation of a committee to look into possible improvements for Senate elections.Phillips said...

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Police warn of winter’s slick roads

By James Green | November 26, 2013

Snow made for slick and dangerous roads Monday, and that trend will continue through winter.NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips said one of the most common bad habits of drivers is not adjusting behaviors for poor conditions.“A lot of people don’t think...

Faculty examine admissions standards

By James Green | November 21, 2013

The process for admissions was cleared up for the Faculty Senate at its meeting Wednesday afternoon, and the Student Association announced that it will form focus groups.Admissions and RetentionEric Weldy, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management vice...

Students unperturbed by crime in area

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 6, 2013

Incidents like the one Friday at the Travel Inn might lead to concerns, but the Student Association has not heard comments about NIU’s safety, said Mike Theodore, SA chief of staff.Friday, a group of men fought, leading to at least one shot and two...

Cops: Pot theft led to Travel Inn gunfire

By Northern Star Staff | November 3, 2013

Police have made 12 arrests in regard to an incident where at least one shot was fired at about noon Friday at the Travel Inn, about a half mile from NIU.A theft of pot resulted in a fight that led to the gunfire in the Travel Inn parking lot, 1116 W....

Senate, police chief talk Travel Inn

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 3, 2013

Bill Nicklas, vice president of Public Safety, and NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips spoke with Student Association Senate about gunfire Friday at the Travel Inn.The Senate’s Sunday meeting also featured an appearance from Eric Weldy, vice president of...

Cozzi’s view: Police should have issued text advisory in Travel Inn incident

By Danny Cozzi | November 1, 2013

At least one shot was fired Friday on Lincoln Highway near the Travel Inn during a gunfire incident.NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips said a fight took place in the Travel Inn parking lot. DeKalb police said at least one shot was fired, but there were only...

Changing Gears: Improperly placed bikes to be seized

By Allison Krecek | October 17, 2013

They lean against benches, hug trees and trip up traveling students: Bikes that aren’t secured to racks.The NIU Police Department has started notifying students that if their bike isn’t locked up in a designated area it will be confiscated. They attach...

NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips is set to retire in mid-April.

Police chief looks for ways to work with city

By Rachel Scaman | September 17, 2013

NIU’s new police chief will meet with DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery to brainstorm ideas on working together.Tom Phillips, the campus’ new police chief, had his first day of duty Monday and has been laying out his plans for the university police...

Editorial: Expectations for Phillips

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 17, 2013

A call for change is one thing NIU’s new police chief needs to hear. He says he’s already on it.The point that NIU needs change has been made since before the scandal-plagued departure of former chief Don Grady. It was made before FBI agents invaded...

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NIU names new police chief

By Kelly Bauer | August 28, 2013

Tom Phillips will be NIU's new chief of police starting Sept. 16.Phillips, who was not available to comment Wednesday, was a deputy chief at the University of Chicago Police Department. He will be introduced to the Board of Trustees as its meeting Thursday....