Message from the Chief

Darren MitchellOn behalf of the dedicated men and women of the Northern Illinois University Department of Police and Public Safety, I would like to thank you for visiting our website. I hope that you take a few minutes to explore the valuable information offered here about our department resources, operations, and the various other public safety services that we provide to the university community.

The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors is our top priority. We are committed to providing the highest level of professional police and public safety services to foster a safe learning and working environment for all. As we carry out our mission, it is my hope that our services and programs will strengthen our connection to the university and DeKalb community.

The NIU Department of Police and Public Safety is committed to unbiased, fair and equitable treatment of all persons when enforcing the law and providing police, security and community services.

We are a full-service police agency operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our organizational values are reflected in our mission statement and are carried out by all department members. Our staff consists of highly trained, certified law enforcement officers supported by an outstanding group of civilian employees. In addition, we have cross-trained officers to serve as paramedics to improve medical response time for critical care, making our department one of the finest agencies in Illinois.

Our dedication to community policing enables us to understand the importance of cooperation, education, and police-citizen partnerships. Our commitment towards this style of policing allows us to be part of the fabric of the NIU community and assist us in cultivating true partnerships with the community we serve.

We welcome your feedback on how we can provide better service. To share your comments, suggestions and ideas, please feel free to contact me at 815-753-1212 or In addition, we are always available for walk-ins at our department located on campus at 395 Wirtz Drive.

Darren Mitchell
Chief of Police

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Non-Emergency Phone Number: 815-753-1212


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