Two Northern Illinois University police officers received commendation from the City of DeKalb at a recent city council meeting. NIU patrol officers Wey-ni Langdon and Jorge Sanchez were among just three outside agency honorees at the special ceremony, which honored a total of 25 law enforcement personnel.
Day patrol officer Langdon was recognized for her actions during a domestic stabbing incident and night patrolman Jorge Sanchez received commendation for his assistance in a warrant service, which led to the recovery of handgun and a substantial amount of drugs.
“DeKalb and NIU police are working together to really make a difference in this community,” said NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips. “I am proud of Officer Langdon and Officer Sanchez, and I am honored to serve this community at their side.”
On January 28, police responded to a check for wellbeing request on High Pointe Drive on the city’s south side. DeKalb Police officers Thomas Petit and Mario Nonnenmann—along with Langdon—made the initial entry into the residence moving toward the sounds of a disturbance inside. DeKalb Police Officers encountered a man actively engaged in a knife attack on his parents, stabbing both his step mother and father multiple times. Police stopped the attack, and emergency medical treatment was provided to the victims at the scene.
On May 24, Sanchez was among the officers that attempted to serve an arrest warrant at an apartment on Regent Drive. As officers prepared to engage the occupants of the apartment, they were able to look through a window and see illegal narcotics and paraphernalia inside in plain view. By engaging in proactive policing measures in an attempt to arrest an offender wanted on a warrant, officers identified further criminal activity, coordinated their investigation, executed a search warrant and seized nearly 100 grams of cannabis, 34 grams of cocaine, additional suspected narcotics and paraphernalia, several hundred dollars in cash, and a Glock handgun from repeat offenders.
“These are great examples of the co-policing efforts between NIU and DeKalb. What you see here is collaboration at its best,” Phillips added. “The old adage is true that actions speak louder than words.”