Tom Phillips: We all contribute to a safe, happy Homecoming

NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips
NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips

I get excited every year during Homecoming week about the great opportunities to highlight Northern Illinois University and our fantastic social activities that lead up to Huskie football’s annual Homecoming game on Saturday.

Homecoming is probably the quintessential campus event that draws so many NIU alumni, students, faculty, staff, family and friends to our community.

In an effort to ensure that all who live and visit our community have an enjoyable and memorable experience, NIU Police and Public Safety works months in advance of Homecoming on planning and development of campus and community safety initiatives. Community safety is our top priority, and we collaborate on safety initiatives with both the DeKalb Police and Fire departments as well as agencies from across the county and state. This collaboration results in an increased public safety presence on and off campus to manage the tremendous influx of visitors to NIU and the DeKalb community. Our mission is to maintain organized traffic and pedestrian flow, provide security for numerous special events and to ensure that students, faculty, staff, and visitors have an opportunity to enjoy the exciting festivities.

The Northern Illinois University campus is a safe one, but a large university campus and its surrounding community will not be crime free. NIU and DeKalb police and other partner law enforcement agencies work together to prevent crime and to quickly identify and arrest offenders when crime occurs.

You, too, play a very important role in keeping our campus and community safe.

  • Be alert, and trust your instincts. Be aware of your surroundings. If a situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Contact police if something looks suspicious or out of place. Any information, no matter how small, can contribute to preventing a crime.
  • Watch out for each other. Don’t be a bystander. Call 911 immediately if you or someone else is in danger.
  • If you hear or see a fire alarm, leave the building immediately. Just because you cannot see flames or smoke does not mean you are safe – a fire or other hazard could be in another part of the building and rapidly spread to where you are.

Go Huskies!Please take a moment to review the Campus Safety resources below to stay informed and keep yourself and others safe on and off campus.

Maintaining a safe community is a shared responsibility, and we all can contribute to ensuring that this year’s Homecoming celebration is the best to date.

Be safe, have fun and go Huskies!

Tom Phillips is the chief of NIU Police and Public Safety.

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