The Northern Illinois University Department of Police and Public Safety teamed up with DeKalb Police Department and the University Village Tenants’ Association for a free day of fun and basketball the afternoon of Saturday, April 25.
Originally scheduled for Welsh Park’s Russell Road basketball courts, the basketball game was moved to Anderson Hall due to inclement weather. The games featured teams made up from approximately 10 players from the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety, 10 from DeKalb Police and about 20 residents from University Village.
“Being part of the same team in a basketball game is a metaphor for what we want to be in the community–a good teammate. By working together on a team, we hope to get to know our neighbors better and build a better understanding of each other,” said NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips.
Chief Phillips also joined Sycamore Police Chief Glenn Theriault, DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery and DeKalb County Sherriff Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie in a “Pie the Police” event Saturday morning at Sycamore High School to support efforts to put an end to child abuse. The chiefs took a pie in the face for charity at the event.