Northeastern Illinois University Office of Public Safety

  • Agency: Northeastern Illinois University Office of Public Safety
  • Address: 5500 N Saint Louis Ave, Chicago, 60625 IL
  • Chief:
Phone: 773-442-4100
Fax: (773) 442-4110

Northeastern Illinois University Office of Public Safety is located at 5500 N Saint Louis Ave, Chicago, 60625 IL. The Northeastern Illinois University Office of Public Safety phone number is 773-442-4100.

Northeastern Illinois University Office of Public Safety News

Veterans Day 2018 In June of 1954, Congress officially amended the Armistice Day Holiday, commemorating the end of World War I to Veterans Day. Veterans Day was enacted to honor the service and commitment of all those who served and defended our country in the Armed Services. November 11th is recognized annually as the day to honor our veterans. Today NEIU recognized those members of our community, students, faculty and staff who are Veterans, with a ceremony in the Recital Hall. The NEIUPD is proud to have department members who not only serve the NEIU Community, but who have also proudly served our nation. The NEIUPD is grateful for the service of Police Officer Pablo Castro (Marines), Officer Carlos Collazo (Army/Marines), Administrative Assistant Rosetta Cash (Army), Officer Kurt Engelhart (Air Force), Sergeant Tony Loster (Marines), Security Guard Marcus Winston (Army National Guard) and Lt. Paul Kruszynski (Army). The NEIUPD is thankful of our own members who serve NEIU and who have served the United States of America. We thank all veterans who have served our country! We hope all veterans enjoy their day of honor!

During the past couple of weeks the NEIUPD welcomed two new full time employees. Alicia Lee was hired as a NEIUPD Security Guard and will be assigned to the El Centro Campus. Denise Orozco was recently hired as a telecommunicator. Our police department could not function without the support staff that assists our sworn officers in keeping the NEIU community safe. Alicia Lee is a current NEIU student and a licensed security officer who most recently was employed at Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie. We are glad to have her prior work experience and knowledge as part of our team. Denise is an NEIU alum and her most recent jobs prior to coming to our department were all in the field of customer service. As the call taker responsible for screening calls for service and determining how best to respond to those calls,. her prior experience in dealing with customers on a daily basis will benefit her well as a telecommunicator. With both having prior student time at NEIU they have a definite interest in keeping our campuses safe for all. The NEIUPD is proud and excited to welcome Security Guard Alicia Lee and Telecommunicator Denise Orozco!

On Wednesday October 3rd, the NEIUPD was one of hundreds of police departments around the country to participate in the 3rd Annual National Coffee With A Cop Day. This event allowed members of the NEIUPD to meet and greet faculty, staff, and students for some coffee and conversation. Over a hundred members of the NEIU community stopped by to visit with our officers. The NEIUPD wants to thank all those who stopped by to say hello.

On Friday September 28, 2018 Northeastern Illinois University recognized those employees who have dedicated various numbers of years to the NEIU Community. This annual recognition ceremony celebrates years of service in five year increments. The NEIUPD was proud to have 11 employees recognized for their commitment and dedication to NEIU. The police employees recognized, both sworn and civilian, were recognized for time serving NEIU ranging from 5 to 20 years of service. Pictured are Rosetta Cash (20 years) and Marta Ruiz (10 years). Other police honorees included (20 years) Sandra Johnson, (15 years) David DeClet, Arturo Galindo Jr., (10 years) Gabriel Lopez, Jose Orozco, Sharon Terry, (5 years) Pablo Castro, Carlos Collazo, and Isaac Franco.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Wanted for Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Traffic Crash 017th District (Albany Park) About the Crime: On Sunday, September 23, 2018, at approximately 5:20 p.m., a silver colored Dodge Charger vehicle bearing Illinois License Plate AL53664, was traveling eastbound in the 3300 block of West Devon Avenue. The Dodge struck a 67 year old pedestrian, who was standing on the southeast corner of Devon and McCormick Blvd. After impact, the Dodge and it's driver fled eastbound on Devon Avenue without rendering aid or leave identification and render aid to the injured. The Dodge will have extensive front end damage. The Major Accident Investigation Unit encourages anyone who may have any information about this crash to contact the investigative unit at 312-745-4521 Reference: RD# JB-447920

ALERTA COMUNITARIA: Buscado para Salir de la Escena de un Accidente de Traffico Fatal Distrito 17 (Albany Park) Sobre el Crimen: El domingo, 23 de septiembre de 2018, aproximadamente a las 5:20 p.m., un vehículo de color plateado del cargador del regate que llevaba la matrícula de Illinois AL53664, viajaba hacia el este en el bloque 3300 de la Avenida del oeste de Devon. El Dodge golpeó a un 67-sí-viejo peatón, que estaba de pie en la esquina sureste de Devon y McCormick Blvd. Después del impacto, el Dodge y su conductor huyeron hacia el este por la Avenida Devon sin prestar ayuda o dejar la identificación y prestar ayuda a los heridos. El Dodge tendrá un extenso daño frontal. La principal unidad de investigación de accidentes alienta a cualquiera quién puede tener cualquier información sobre este desplome para entrar en contacto con la unidad de investigación en 312-745-4521 Referencia: RD# JB-447920

Latino American Heritage Month On September 19th, as part of Latino American Heritage Month, the Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown presented service awards to six local Hispanic police officers. The ceremony was held at the Daley Center. One of those recognized for his service was our own Officer Isaac Franco. Officer Franco is a native of Peru and has served the NEIU Community for 6 years. The NEIUPD is proud to recognize Officer Franco for receiving this award. Other awardees included Chicago Police (CPD) Officer Miguel Cisneros, CPD Sgt. Benny Martinez, retired CPD Officer Vidal Cordova, retired CPD Officer Mario Silva, and Cook County Sheriff Deputy Christina Medina. Congratulations to All!

President Gibson's Inauguration On Thursday September 13th Northeastern Illinois University celebrated the inauguration of President Gloria Gibson. President Gibson is now the 7th president to serve the NEIU community. The event was well staged and attended with wonderful music and speakers to celebrate the event. A thanks to all NEIU community members who participated and a special thanks to members of our department who ensured the safety to all. NEIUPD members who participated included Officers Galindo, Collazo, Whitfield, Englehart, Sgt. Brehmer, Lt.'s Kruszynski and Schulz, along with Telecommunicators Mohomes and Chelmecki and student employee A. Douglas.

During the past week the NEIUPD had the opportunity to train for various scenarios using a virtual reality simulator. The NEIUPD opened this training up to members of the Chicago Police Department, and officers from the the 17th District in particular. NEIU is situated in the CPD's 17th District and the NEIUPD enjoys a great working relationship with 17th District officers. The NEIUPD was honored to have Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson stop by our office to observe the training.

The NEIUPD is Hiring!!! Several vacancies need to be filled within the Northeastern Illinois University Police Department. Job opportunities include open positions for Sergeant, Police Officer, Security Guard, and Telecommunicator. The NEIUPD is proud to serve the NEIU community by providing public safety and security at all NEIU properties. If you are interested in a career in law enforcement there are great opportunities to explore with the NEIUPD. Please check the NEIU Human Resource link for descriptions and requirements. Please follow the application instructions posted by the Human Resource staff for each position that you may interested in. We hope you will consider a career with the NEIUPD. For more information about the Northeastern Illinois University Police Department check out our web page at

On Wednesday May 23rd the NEIU Residence Hall (The Nest) hosted a Police Appreciation Day. The NEIUPD is very grateful to the Nest staff and residents for taking the time to recognize the work done by our department to make the Nest safe and secure for all to enjoy. The NEIUPD enjoys a strong partnership with the Nest. For more information about residing on campus please check out the link to the Nest. Pictured is Officer Gabriel Lopez and Nest Staff Brian Jones and Toya Fullbright.

This week, May 13 – 19, is National Police Week. This week is dedicated to the memory of those officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in 2017 while serving their communities. Locally in the state of Illinois 6 officers died in the line of duty in 2017. The NEIUPD officers proudly serve the NEIU community with their daily mission of ensuring the safety and security to the entire NEIU Community. This week we are grateful for the support shown to our department and to the entire Law Enforcement Community and all first responders. To learn more about National Police Week go to

May 5th marks the 14th Annual Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Run To Remember. This year I will run the 5K race in memory of my life long friend Paul Bauer. Commander Paul Bauer was killed in the line of duty on February 13, 2018. I have called Paul a friend since the age of seven when we started first grade together. In addition to growing up together we share 30 years of Chicago Police Department memories. For the past 20 months I have been proud to serve as Chief of the NEIU Police Department. I will run representing the NEIUPD and invite all you to participate with me in anyway you can as a member of "Team NEIUPD". For more information on how you can be part of Team NEIUPD and the CPMF Run To Remember please click on this link. Thank you for all your support of the NEIUPD and CPD!!! - Chief John J. Escalante

The Northeastern Illinois Police Department will join agencies around the country celebrating the week of April 8-14 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. This week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and celebrated annually, honors the men and women who manage emergency calls for service, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to citizens and first responders. The Northeastern Illinois Police Department is staffed by five full time telecommunicators whose daily professionalism helps keep the entire Northeastern Illinois Police Department community safe and protected Our Department is grateful and appreciative of the job our "TC's" perform and we want to acknowledge them and all Telecommunicators who proudly serve their respective agencies and communities! Thank you all for the work you do!!! Pictured are NEIU TC's (L to R) Tanesha Mohomes, Travis Stickel, and Emily Chelmecki. Not pictured Sandra Johnson and Spencer Hendrixson.

IMPORTANT NOTICE! We are currently taking inventory of personal property we have found over the years that has not yet been returned to the owner. We here at the police department will be contacting the property owners we know of and then giving everyone one last chance to come take a look and recover their property that might have been lost, stolen, or illegally possessed. We have a variety of property such as phones, wallets, shoes, lap tops, tablets, chargers, etc. So if you have lost property, had property stolen, or other, come to the NEIU police department with proof that it is your property and have a photo ID, driver’s license, or written authorization from the owner and pick up the property.

The NEIUPD has the responsibility to provide safety and security for the entire NEIU Community. In order to provide the highest level of professional service to our community the NEIUPD trains for various scenarios including worst case scenarios such as active shooter and bomb threats. On Sunday January 21, 2018 the Chicago Police SWAT and Bomb Squads provided valuable presentations for our department to help us be better prepared to respond to a worst case scenario. The CPD Narcotics Unit and Chicago Department of Health also conducted an informative session on the Fentanyl crisis affecting so many. NEIU remains one of the safest universities in the country and we continue to ask our community that "if you see something, say something". The NEIU Police would especially like to thank SWAT Officers Patrick Leyden and Matthew Fetzer, Bomb Squad Sgt. James Egan, Explosive Technicians Mark Flynn and Antonio Allen, Narcotics Sergeant Sean Martin and Dr. Liza Pilch of the Chicago Department of Public Health. Pictured is NEIU Officer Joseph Eversole in the CPD bomb suit under the direction of Explosive Tech Mark Flynn.

The Northeastern Illinois University Police Department is proud and excited to officially welcome its newest officers. Police Officer Sebastian Czerech is now nearing the end of his probationary period after being hired last January. Last week, January 3rd, we welcomed new hires Paul Whitfield and Dexter Johnson. Both Whitfield and Johnson will now begin their official training to become fully certified police officers. We are excited to have all three as members of the NEIUPD and we are confident they will represent our Department and the University professionally and honorably. For more police news go to:

NEIU Police Job Opportunity – Full Time Telecommunicator No police department can function effectively without a properly trained professional telecommunications staff. The role of a police telecommunicator is essential to daily operations. The telecommunicator receives all requests for police service both emergency and non-emergency and all police responses are based upon that initial request for service. The NEIUPD is excited to announce a job opportunity for the telecommunicator position. For additional information including a complete job description and the application process please see the attached link. *** Note: Completed applications should be brought to the HR office before the close of business 1/23/18.