Safety and Security

Bradley University makes every attempt to provide a safe and secure campus.

The Bradley University Police Department (BUPD) is committed to working in partnership with Bradley University’s students, faculty, staff, and community members utilizing a community-oriented policing approach focusing on proactive patrols and innovative outreach. The BUPD will promote public safety and crime prevention through education and enforcement. The BUPD will safeguard life and property, preserve the peace, prevent and detect crime, and enforce the law, while protecting the rights of all citizens in order to promote a safe living environment, a positive learning experience, and an enhanced quality of life.

Its officers are commissioned by the State of Illinois, have full law enforcement powers on and off University property, and are trained to respond to crimes in progress as well as medical-related emergencies. Bradley University Police are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; conduct foot, bike, and vehicular patrols of the campus, residence halls, and near off-campus areas; and make crime prevention presentations to student groups and others. Bradley University Police also coordinate patrol and call responses with City of Peoria and Peoria County law enforcement agencies. Bradley University Police also monitor and oversee the University’s security cameras and security systems.

Numerous clearly marked emergency blue light telephones are located strategically on and off campus. All ring directly into a police dispatcher and automatically display the location of the caller so that help can be dispatched.

Students, faculty, and staff should remain aware of their surroundings and immediately report suspicious activity, people, or vehicles to the Bradley University Police Department by activating an emergency blue light phone, dialing 309-677-2000, or dialing 9-1-1. Vehicles should be secured and valuables left out of sight. Residence Hall rooms, classrooms, labs, and offices should be locked when not in use. Do NOT allow people you do not know to access secured buildings, especially residence halls.

All residence halls have limited access, with some halls having all outside doors locked on a 24-hour basis and others having main doors unlocked during daytime hours. Card access is required to enter any residential portions of the buildings. Residence hall student security staff make rounds during the night.

Security-related concerns and campus crime information are reported to the campus community through the Bradley University’s Police Web site, university email, and other media.

The "safety alert," otherwise known as a "timely warning," serves to notify students, faculty and staff about incidents that have already occurred but represent a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. The decision to issue a safety alert is determined by the BUPD Chief of Police or designee based upon assessment of all known facts surrounding the crime including, but not limited to, the nature and location of the crime, the degree of continuing danger to the campus community, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. A safety alert is informative in nature and provides general safety tips. Safety alerts are distributed via email to all university students and employees and posted on the Bradley University Police Department homepage.  

The "foreWarn alert," otherwise known as an "emergency notification" whose use is also determined by the BUPD Chief of Police or designee, is based upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus.  A foreWarn message provides instructions for specific emergency action to take place, such as evacuate, take shelter, shelter-in-place, or lock down.  The notification system includes one or more of following modes of communication: text messaging, a telephone hotline (677-4000), email messaging, audix messaging, public address announcements and the University’s homepage.  The use of the text message portion of the foreWarn system is restricted to life-threatening events or severe weather. 

For more information, see http://www.bradley.edu/police and http://www.emergency.bradley.edu.

Students may borrow from the University Police Department engraving equipment to mark valuables such as electronic equipment and bicycles. Officers can assist with jump starting vehicles and unlocking vehicles. Literature on safety and security is also available. The Bradley University Police Department offers many crime prevention programs including a Vacant House Watch Program during class recess periods and safety demonstrations such as R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense). 

The Bradley University Police Department is located at 1200 W. Main Street in the Campustown shopping center at the intersection of St. James and University. The patrol boundaries are east to Sheridan, south to Moss Avenue, west to Western, and north to Columbia Terrace; however, the BUPD does have full jurisdiction and arrest powers in both the City of Peoria and Peoria County.

The Bradley University Police Department has a Student Safety Advisory Committee composed of student volunteers who will assist with reviewing and making recommendations on a wide variety of safety-related issues.  

Safety is a SHARED responsibility. A safe campus can be achieved only with the cooperation of the entire University community—students, faculty, staff, and visitors. For more information about crime prevention and crime statistics for the campus and local neighborhood, see http://www.bradley.edu/police/crime/.

Student Patrol & Hilltop Safety Cruiser

Bradley University Police Department offers two services in which students, faculty, and staff may be escorted within the Bradley Patrol Area:

Student Patrol

The Student Patrol, operated by trained student employees outfitted in reflective vests and equipped with flashlights and two-way radios, provides walking escorts for students, faculty and staff to travel safely from place to place on and within close proximity to campus. The Student Patrol currently operates on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. when school is in session during fall and spring semesters. A valid Bradley ID card must be presented at the time of service. To request the service, call (309) 677-2800. When not providing escorts, the Student Patrol conducts foot patrols of the campus and immediate area.

Hilltop Safety Cruiser

The Hilltop Safety Cruiser, operated by trained student employees driving a uniquely marked Bradley van, provides shuttle transports for students, faculty and staff to travel safely from place to place between the areas of Moss Avenue to Columbia Terrace and Western Avenue to Sheridan Road. The Hilltop Safety Cruiser operates daily between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. when school is in session during fall and spring semesters. A valid Bradley ID card is required to utilize the service. To request the service, call (309) 677-2800 or just flag down the van. Safety escorts provided by Bradley Police Department officers are available 24 hours a day and can be obtained by calling (309) 677-2000.