Police

As a result in recent safety threats on campus and a new philosophy, there will be noticeable changes with the Bradley University Police Department

The BUPD is committed to enhancing safety and security on campus, and the department is evaluating the use of security technology on campus as well as campus security said Chief Brian Joschko.

“The BUPD has increased officer presence on bicycle patrols to further deter these incidents,” he said.

Joschko said they are also working to enhance pedestrian safety and lighting on, and off, campus.

One initiative the department is working on is to ensure student safety for those who live in the Main Street Commons apartments.

“[We are] working closely with the developers of Main Street Commons to ensure adequate use of lighting, access control, and security cameras,” he said.

Officers are also proactively attempting to keep students safe by looking for loud parties, among other potential safety risks, Joschko said. When they see them or if a noise complaint is made, they will stop and advise those hosting a party before writing citations.

Although, if a noise complaint is received after an officer advised the occupants of the precautions, they may face consequences.

“If the residents do not comply and either another complaint is received or if the officer believes the noise is excessive, citations will be issued,” Joschko said. “And the residents will be referred to the university judicial system for appropriate action.”

Even though this new philosophy allows loud parties to receive a warning, no exceptions will be made for under age drinking.

“Officers will intervene if they believe alcohol is being consumed underage or if they believe that it is being consumed to excess,” Joschko said. “During those investigations, the officers are looking for voluntary compliance from students.”

Although security can be provided by the BUPD, Joscko said keeping campus safe is a community effort.

“Safety is a shared responsibility and we ask all community members to immediately report any activity that they believe may be suspicious,” he said. “During night hours, students should walk in groups or call BUPD for safety escorts.”

In addition to making changes to provide a safer environment for students, Joschko said the department has instituted a community-orientated approach to campus.

“The change means that students, staff and neighbors should see more officers on foot and bicycle patrols engaging with the community,” he said. “This philosophy also changes how we approach issues in the community, such as noise complaints or parties.”