University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Police Department

  • Agency: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Police Department
  • Address: 1110 W. Springfield Ave, Urbana, 618o1 IL
  • Chief:
Phone: 217-333-1216
Fax: 217-244-1979

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Police Department is located at 1110 W. Springfield Ave, Urbana, 618o1 IL. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Police Department phone number is 217-333-1216.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Police Department News

Police Officer Milinkovic (or rather, Gunnery Sergeant Milinkovic, USMC Retired) was honored with the opportunity to speak to his fellow veterans and supporters today during the University of Illinois Naval ROTC Veterans Day luncheon today at the Illini Union. GySgt. Milinkovic joined the Marine Corps on Sept. 11, 2001, and was given the opportunity to opt out of his contract once the global climate changed following the attacks on the World Trade Center. He chose to stay. By the time he retired, he had completed three tours in Iraq, received two Navy commendation medals and received the Purple Heart following wounds suffered as a result of mortar fire near the Iraq and Syrian border. To the veterans in attendance, he said this: “For those of you who have served, we will never forget. We are forever in your debt.”

Thank you to all of our veterans, here at UIPD and around the country, for the sacrifices you have made and your dedication to the safety of our communities. "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." --John F. Kennedy

"When this position came open, I always tell people, and I really mean it, that I feel like I won the lottery because I still get to wear that orange and blue. I just have a different patch on my shoulder and a different number, a badge number." Officer Tara Hurless might be fighting crime now, but when she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she was the all-time leading scorer in Fighting Illini Soccer history. Now she's a hall of famer. She sits down in the interrogation room to talk about that experience and how it has helped her as a police officer.

An update regarding yesterday's incident which prompted a Campus Safety Notice. The offender has been identified.

We're sorry we have to do this, but our SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY comes from the NHTSA. Watch the forecast when you're heading out to school or work tomorrow morning. Remember that icy roads make it much more difficult to stop. Increase your following distance and SLOW DOWN! ❄

A Campus Safety Notice has been posted. This notice includes photos of the person who is believed to be responsible for this crime.

Lots of fun today at Fighting Illini Women's Basketball Field Trip Day. Giving students safety tips and checking out the bomb robot on the concourse. And an #illini win to cap it off!

TRAFFIC TUESDAY 🚴🚶🚗 You told us where the problems are, and we're listening. Wanted to give you a quick look at our whiteboard in the briefing room. Our officers will be focusing in on these areas this week. So don't say we didn't warn you! Keep 'em coming. Let us know in the comments where we should be focusing more efforts so we can keep all of our pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists safe.

Officer Martinez spoke with students and their families this morning during Latino Family Visit Day at the ARC. Great conversations!

Today we say congratulations and best wishes to Bruce Dixon, who is retiring after 50 years of service to our university community. That's right, FIFTY YEARS. Five. Zero. Bruce started as a police officer in September 1968 and retired as a police officer in 1999. He has continued working for us as a cash escort and other various duties since then. At the time Bruce started, UIPD had not yet become a fully-sworn law enforcement agency. That process began two years later, and Bruce was there for the beginning of that transition. He was one of the original members of our bomb squad unit, and spent a lot of time as a field training officer, showing new recruits how to be professional and effective as law enforcement officials. Officer Dixon helped to lay the groundwork for what UIPD is today, and what it will be for many years to come. Bruce has had a profound impact on our department and our university community over five decades. Please help us in thanking him for his 50 years of service, and best wishes in his next phase of life.

Congrats, K9 Bane! (And Officer Lewis too, we suppose). More to come on this! 🐶

Live from Community Police Academy. Make sure to stick around for the explosive ending.

SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY: Today's tip is weather appropriate... Wipers on, headlights on. The Illinois Vehicle Code requires that you have your headlights illuminated any time environmental conditions are such that your windshield wipers are on. Be safe driving this evening! And remember that wet roads mean it takes you longer to stop. Increase your following distance and SLOW DOWN! 🚗☔

Now it's time for YOU to tell us what to do! Comment below the locations and intersections where you would like to see us enforcing traffic and pedestrian laws — like speeding, illegal pedestrian crossing, bicycling the wrong way or anything else. The most popular intersections in the comments will be passed on to our patrol supervisors for extra enforcement. Especially on a campus like ours with many roadway and sidewalk users, traffic conflicts pose a huge public safety risk. We enforce traffic and pedestrian laws with safety in mind, and we try to address problematic behaviors before someone gets hurt.

UPDATE: The person previously pictured in this post has been identified, and the photo has been removed. Original post: OK, folks, we need your help again solving a crime... We are interested in speaking with this person regarding the Oct. 15 theft of a U. of I. student's clothing from the south laundry room at Orchard Downs, 2012 S. Orchard St., Urbana. Theft is the most common crime on college campuses everywhere, and ours is no exception. Hundreds of items are stolen from our campus every year, with the value of stolen property into the tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars. We do everything we can to identify offenders and hold them accountable when they contribute to these kinds of negative quality of life issues for our campus community members. If you know this person or have any information about this incident, please contact the University of Illinois Police Department at 217-333-1216 or police@illinois.edu. You can remain anonymous by contacting Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477, online at 373tips.com or by downloading the P3 Tips mobile app. All messages to Crime Stoppers are electronically stripped of identifying information.

“This first class has been a great opportunity for us to build relationships with members of our campus community,” said Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police Craig Stone. “Class participants will be graduating with a new understanding of what university police do and why they do it, and our officers will be leaving with a new understanding of what our community expects of them.”

SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY: This is an easy one. Register your bicycle. It's suuuuper quick, and it could save you a huge hassle later if it's ever lost or stolen. Go to go.illinois.edu/mybike.

K9 Chewy is doing his best impression of Chase from Paw Patrol. Could make for a good Halloween costume!

🚓 UIPD LIVE 🚓 Follow us as we go on a live ride-along with night shift patrol.

Fun stuff tonight at Community Police Academy! Our participants learned about traffic stops, got to run some radar on Pennsylvania Avenue, and then they met K-9 Chewy and learned about the work he does with finding evidence and tracking.

🚨 PROGRAMMING ALERT 🚨 If you're mindlessly scrolling through social media tonight at 10 p.m., scroll over to our page where we'll be broadcasting a LIVE ride-along with our night shift patrol. It's live, so even we don't know what's going to happen! Probably nothing, but there's only one way to find out...

SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY: Emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time. Take two minutes now to think about what you would do if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to act to protect yourself or others.

Safety tip of the day: Use SafeWalks! By walking in groups, we significantly reduce our risk of being targeted by a criminal. You never have to walk alone at night. Just call 217-333-1216 and ask for a SafeWalks escort.

K9 Bane and Officer Lewis are doing a great job in training! Bane, our third K9, will be joining the department in coming weeks and will be a wonderful addition to the resources we have to keep our campus community safe. Stay tuned for more info.