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PBA voted-in at Northwestern University

In a union election, 18 police officers create the Northwestern University Police Benevolent Association

Kris LaGrange's picture
Mar 07, 2017

Out of the 24 full-time and regular part-time police officers employed by Northwestern University; 18 voted for union representation and 6 voted against it - thus ratifying the Northwestern University Police Benevolent Association. Ballots were counted on March 3, 2017. 

Excluded from the union is the chief of police, lieutenants, sergeants, confidential employees, office clerical employees and professional employees and supervisors. 

Under Illinois state law, University Police officers have the same enforcement powers and responsibilities as municipal police officers and county sheriffs. All University Police officers must graduate from a state-approved police academy and pass a comprehensive field and firearm-training program. Most officers and supervisors have a bachelor's degree and some have advanced degrees. Northwestern University Police maintain close working relationships with the Evanston and Chicago Police Departments. Officers have jurisdiction on city streets on and near campus.

Northwestern University Police work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and the department has the primary responsibility for crime prevention, law enforcement, parking control, emergency preparedness / response and security at special events. They also house the Office of Emergency Management and the Residential Security Program.

Northwestern University Police patrol the campus and designated jurisdictional areas near campus on foot, mountain bikes, T3 mobile units and squad cars, and make routine security checks of campus buildings. They also operate the department's Communication Center which involves responding to calls for assistance, monitoring the University Blue Light Police Emergency Telephones and closed circuit camera alarm systems, and serve as an informational resource for members of the Northwestern community and the general public. They also maintain working relationships with the Evanston and Chicago Police Departments, the Illinois State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Northwestern University Police Benevolent Association joins in with 812,000 union members across Illinois, including 264,000 public employee union members. Congratulations to the Northwestern University Police Benevolent Association. 

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