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- Between 12:25 and 1:41 a.m. on Jan. 28, BUPD received multiple 911 calls for noise complaints at a private Institution Place residence. The responding officer observed a party at the residence with individuals entering and exiting through the front door. The officer spoke to the property owner who agreed to keep the noise down. Thirty-five minutes later, BUPD received a second 911 call for the same residence. The officer returned and gave the property owner a final warning. A third 911 call was made 30 minutes later. The officer returned and issued a municipal ordinance violation notice to the property owner. The party dispersed shortly after and there were no further complaints.
- At the end of a Bradley men’s basketball game on Jan. 24, a Bradley student at the Peoria Civic Center alerted BUPD of a non-Bradley-affiliated individual who had been repeatedly approaching them after basketball games since December and acting in a “creepy” manner. Officers warned the individual, aged 59 years old, to stay away from the student.
- On Jan. 24, BUPD investigators admonished a student for improper use of the University Police’s silent witness reporting system, a method of anonymously reporting crimes or suspected crimes. The investigators’ verbal reprimand came after a months-long investigation of repeated unfounded claims made to BUPD via the silent witness reports. Between Nov. 16, 2023 and Jan. 21, 2024, BUPD received four silent witness reports; all were vague and later found to be factually baseless after thorough investigations. All four reports contained information identifying the student and a friend who was the subject of the student’s repeated false claims. The student, who identified themself to officers, was instructed to stop submitting false reports to BUPD.
- At 12:50 p.m. on Jan. 21, BUPD officers assisted the Peoria Police Department in the apprehension of two out of four suspects who fled PPD officers in a stolen vehicle. The two individuals captured by BUPD, aged 10 and 14, fled on foot after a brief vehicle pursuit ended in a crash. A BUPD officer pursued the suspects on foot before taking the juveniles into custody. Both were charged with theft of a motor vehicle and fleeing and eluding police. They were transported to the Peoria Police Station. The pursuing officer’s keys were lost during the foot pursuit. Two keys, one to the officer’s squad car and the other to an internal BUPD office door, were not located after an extensive search that deployed the use of metal detectors.