The University Police Department operates under authority granted by the State of Illinois (Private College Campus Police Act-110 ILCS 1015/26 [formerly Illinois Revised Statutes, 1991, Chapter 144, Section 1950] ). Its officers are commissioned by the state and have full law enforcement powers on University property (as well as city and county property). All University officers receive the same training as municipal police officers and are armed and empowered to make arrests and issue tickets.
The men and women in the department are graduates of either the Illinois State Police Training Academy or the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Police Training Institute, where they are required to complete a 480-hour training program required of all municipal officers in the state. Upon completion at the Academy, new officers are tested to receive state certification. Successful officers are put on probationary status up to a year for review and evaluation. All officers are required to have a high school diploma and may pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees under Bradley's Tuition Reimbursement Program for employees. The department continues to stress the importance of education and training for all personnel. All have received training in emergency medical procedures, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Officers continue to receive annual in-service training directed toward the needs of the campus often exceeding 40 or more hours per officer each year.
Whenever possible, officers are sent to refresher training programs, provided by a number of agencies such as: the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board and Central Illinois Police Training Center; Northwestern University Traffic Institute, Secretary of State; the University of Illinois Police Training Institute; Campus Crime Prevention Programs; and the Illinois Law Enforcement Media Resource Center.
Officers conduct foot, bicycle, and vehicular patrols of the campus and residence halls and are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The university police also have battery jump starter units and a tire inflator unit available to the university community.
The primary functions of the university police are to protect life and property within and beyond the University community. Campus officers have complete authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on or off campus. If the offense is committed by a University student, officers may also refer the individual to the Student Judicial System.
The university police and city police share concurrent jurisdiction and provide police services for Bradley-owned on- and off-campus student residences, as well as fraternity and sorority residences. University police have direct two-way radio contact with the city Police Communications System. The Department is also connected to the city of Peoria's police computer which allows for municipal and state access to vehicle or criminal information. The city maintains a Community Police Office in the vicinity of the University to address community and off-campus student concerns. The two departments have a close working relationship, based on cooperation, providing each other with patrol assistance and backup as necessary, which includes participation in the Crime Stoppers Program.
University police work cooperatively with many other municipal agencies, including the Peoria County Sheriff's Department, the Peoria Heights Police Department, and the Peoria Park District Police, as well as state and federal agencies. The department is linked by radio to the Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network (ISPERN).
Police Services Agreement BradleyUniversity-City of Peoria File No. 87-350 and Mutual Law Enforcement Agreement, Peoria Police Department-Bradley University Police Department, County of Peoria the Sheriff of Peoria County and the Bradley University Police Department.