Emergency Versus Non-Emergency


At the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety, we don’t want you to be afraid to call us because you aren’t sure if you should.

It is common for people to be unsure if they have an emergency. Generally speaking, an emergency is a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action and that may result in personal injury or damage to property. If you need help immediately, call 911.

If you want to report something that can wait a few minutes, please call the non-emergency number, 815-753-1212.

We appreciate your concern and encourage you to reserve the emergency 911 lines for those who need immediate assistance.

Emergency: 911

Non-emergency: 815-753-1212