Crime Prevention and Safety Programs

The UIC Police provide a number of crime prevention and safety programs and services to encourage prompt and accurate reporting of all crime, to enlist the campus community’s assistance with crime prevention, and to educate students, faculty and staff about personal safety.

Crime Prevention and Safety Programs

Community Relations Program

The Community Relations Program includes workshops and dissemination of crime prevention information on topics such as the responsibilities of the UIC Police, the UIC Red Car service, information on sexual misconduct and other crimes, motor vehicle and bike theft, and personal safety information for students, faculty, and staff. These programs are available to the campus community upon request and can be tailored to focus n particular aspects of crime prevention and safety.

The UIC Police participate in new student orientation programs and provide crime prevention tips and safety information to incoming students. The program also helps new international students incorporate common-sense crime prevention techniques into their daily lives.

A member of the UIC Police department serves as a liaison to Campus Housing and addresses law enforcement and security issues within the residence halls, participates in the orientation and training of Campus Housing staff and private security agency staff employed by Campus Housing.

COPS Program

The Campus Oriented Policing Strategy (COPS) program is also part of Community Relations. The purpose of the program is to keep the UIC community safe and enhance awareness of personal safety. 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 the problems.

The COPS program includes:

  • Education for students, faculty and staff on personal safety and Startel operations.
  • Education for faculty, staff and students on individual response in emergencies.
  • Interaction with Campus Housing staff to ensure safe student housing.
  • Education for the campus community on quality of life issues (e.g. teach initial actions during emergencies, educate “No Smoking” distances)
  • Advisement on building/office security infrastructure.
  • Addressing building and parking structure safety issues.
  • Development of restroom safety tips and localized building notification protocols.
  • Implementation of campus-wide bicycle registration program and additional bicycle patrol.
  • Establishment of safety programs such as Child Seat Safety for Newborns at UIC Hospital.
  • Liaison with Chicago Police Department and Assistant State’s Attorney on specific campus and community safety issues.

The campus has been divided into geographic areas, 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. Everyone is encouraged 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
  • East side of campus, south of Taylor Street: Officer Margaret Chiczewski Call (312) 735-7082 or email
  • West side of campus, west of Wolcott: Officer Braulio Deanda Call (312) 672-2312 or email
  • West side of campus, east of Wolcott: Officer Terry Williams Call (312) 735-7083 or email

Please note that the cell phone numbers for the COPS officers should NOT be used in emergency situations. Call 312-355-5555 (or on campus 5-5555) for an emergency.

Student Patrol

The Student Patrol was established in 1980 to act as the “eyes and ears” of the police and to handle routine calls for service. The Student Patrol is comprised of approximately 85 students and provide an invaluable service to the University community. The student patrol members are deployed 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, at pass desks and on walking patrols to observe and report suspicious or criminal activity to the department.

The Student Patrol is responsible for:

  • Providing after-hours walking escorts for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
  • Verifying the identification of persons requesting access to campus facilities.
  • Locking and unlocking buildings.
  • Providing 24-hour access control at fixed posts.

UIC Night Ride/Off-Hour Paratransit Service

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

The vehicle used for this purpose was previously 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.

This service is available only to individuals possessing a valid UIC I-card. The I-card is required to ensure the safety of the driver and other passengers. The UIC Night Ride service operates between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., seven days a week. To arrange for transportation within the designated areas, call 312-996-6800.

Alarms and Electronic Surveillance

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 tele-communicators and police officers. Closed circuit television systems monitor high-risk and sensitive areas.

Safety Communication

In addition to the UIC Emergency Notification System and Urgent Crime Alerts, the University may utilize a variety of communication methods to inform the campus community about imminent safety threats. Communication methods will be employed based on a number of factors that will be evaluated for each incident (i.e. such as the nature and extent of the threat, the location or buildings involved, the technology available in that building or area, the time of day). Other communication methods may include use of the city’s warning sirens, public address systems, fire alarm systems, digital signage, handheld or vehicle-mounted bullhorns, portable radios, mass media, door-to-door notification and social networking sites.

Crime Reporting/Prevention Strategies

In addition to crime reporting by members of the UIC community, the UIC Police employ additional methods to encourage the reporting of campus crime. The Fleet Watch Program has physical plant staff who operate radio-dispatched maintenance vehicles and act as “eyes and ears” for the police. The Campus Watch Program operates as an extension of the Fleet Watch Program that relies on parking lot attendants, building service workers, and other staff members to report in-progress crimes or suspicious activities. The Walk and Talk Program has officers on walking beats interview students, faculty, and staff regarding the reporting of crime and safety concerns. Engravers mark valuables to discourage theft and assist in the recovery of stolen items for Operation Identification.

Security Surveys

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.