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General Crime Prevention Programs

The UIC Police conduct security surveys to identify sources for improvement for security and risk prevention. Meetings are held with university administrators to review and update security systems as part of the Building Representative Network. The UIC Police provide input regarding the use of certain locks, special doors and frames, lighting and parking facility layouts, etc. as part of design process for campus structures.

The Startel alarms are kiosks that, when activated, provide direct voice link to the Police Department while a blue strobe light flashes. Currently, there are more than 1,000 strategically placed Startel alarms on campus. Computerized-access systems and extensive alarm systems are monitored by trained telecommunicators and police officers.

Closed circuit television systems monitor high-risk and sensitive areas. Engravers mark valuables to discourage theft and assist in the recovery of stolen items for Operation Identification.

COPS Program

This new program intends to keep the UIC community safe and enhance awareness for personal safety. Campus Oriented Policing Strategy, or COPS, is designed to enhance the quality of life within the campus and the surrounding community. COPS officers will actively seek out problematic situations that may adversely affect the safety and security of the campus, work with UIC faculty, staff and students, and implement problem solving techniques to address those problems.

The campus has been divided into four sections, with a different officer for each area. Each officer is directly responsible for engaging UIC Deans (or designee), Department Heads, employees, and students to identify and positively address the complex issues that negatively impact the quality of campus life.

Some examples of the COPS program at work are:

Address building and parking structure safety issues.
Educate students, faculty and staff on personal safety and Startel operations.
Enhance quality of life. i.e., teach initial actions during emergencies, educate “No Smoking” distances and coordinate between campus entities and UICPD for more specialized services.
Advise on building/office security infrastructure.
Interact with Resident Housing to ensure safe student housing
Provide additional campus bicycle patrol.
Work with the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women to make women’s restrooms safer.
Liaison with Chicago Police Department and Assistant State’s Attorney on specific campus and community safety issues.
Establish programs specific to buildings, such as Child Seat Safety for Newborns at UIC Hospital. Implement campus-wide bicycle registration program.

Although some may have already met COPS officers, we encourage you to reach out to your COPS officer by calling UIC Police Telecommunications at 312-355-5555. The officers in the COPS program are:

East side of campus, north of Taylor Street: Officer Cesar Canizales call (312) 208-4138 or email canizale@uic.edu
East side of campus, south of Taylor Street: Officer Margaret Chiczewski Call (312) 735-7082 or email mchicz2@uic.edu
West side of campus, west of Wolcott: Officer Braulio Deanda Call (312) 672-2312 or email deandab@uic.edu
West side of campus, east of Wolcott: Officer Terry Williams Call (312) 735-7083 or email twmsjr@uic.edu

Please note that the cell phone numbers above should NOT be used in emergency situations. The 312-355-5555 (X5-5555 – on campus) number should be used for an emergency.

The Community Relations Officer and the Campus Oriented Policing Strategy (COPS) Officers are qualified to give safety talks to departments and can tailor the session to focus on particular aspects of safety relevant to that building or area. By establishing regular communication with the officers, we can work together to make the campus safer. Some examples of programs where campus security awareness and safety presentations are made include the annual new student orientation programs where more than 3500 freshman and transfer students attend and the international student orientation which serves approximately 1000 incoming undergraduate and graduate students.

Please keep in mind these safety reminders to help keep our community safe:
Seek out education on good safety behavior.
Always maintain situational awareness and preplan your response to an emergency.
Ask, “May I help you?” if you see someone who looks unfamiliar.
If you see anyone suspicious, call campus police.
If an incident does occur, report it to campus police immediately at 312-355-5555.

Student Patrol

The Student Patrol is made up of approximately 85 students and is deployed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at pass desks and on moving patrols to observe and report suspicious criminal activity. They are responsible for:

Locking and unlocking buildings
After-hours escorting of faculty, staff, students, and visitors
Twenty-four hour access control at fixed posts in campus buildings
ID verification of persons requesting access to campus facilities
To maintain quality of services, Student Patrol members receive 16 hours of initial classroom instructions and three weeks of on-the-job training.

Red Car Service/Off-Hour Paratransit Service

The Red Car/Off-Hour Paratransit Service is an escort service that provides transportation to university employees, students, visitors, and other authorized individuals between university facilities and from university facilities to points of public transportation, or to private residences within a designated area. This service is overseen by UIC Facilities Management.

The vehicle used for this purpose is popularly known as the "Red Car" and operates within the following general boundaries:

Halsted Street on the East Eisenhower Expressway on the north Western Avenue on the west
Roosevelt Road on the south
Services are also extended to include the Chemical Engineering Building and the Access Living location at 614 West Roosevelt Road.
The University of Illinois also has an extensive Campus Violence Prevention Plan to address potential threats to campus safety.

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