Safety Alerts

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November 14, 2019

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at approximately 12:18 p.m., Bradley University Police and Peoria Police responded off-campus to the area of N. Garfield Avenue and W. St. James Street for several reports of shots fired. Upon investigation, a juvenile was taken into custody without incident after admitting to firing a handgun. It is not believed that the juvenile fired the weapon at a person. On November 14, 2019, a student located a broken window and a bullet within the St. James Apartment complex. At this time we believe the bullet was fired by the previously arrested juvenile. No injuries were reported.

If you witnessed this incident or have any information, please call Bradley police at 309-677-2000 or Peoria police at 309-673-4521.

Do Your Part to Stay Safe

The Bradley University Police Department is a fully sworn police department with 21 officers who work to keep the Bradley community safe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 day a year. The BUPD patrols the campus as well as a significant area off campus. It works closely with other local law enforcement agencies, but safety also requires you to take action. A safe campus can be achieved only with the cooperation of the entire university community—students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Please remember:

  • Report suspicious people immediately to the Bradley University Police Department by calling 309-677-2000 or using one of the emergency blue light phones on and around campus.
  • During the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. when the spring and fall semesters are in session, utilize the Hilltop Safety Cruiser program by calling 309-677-2800.
  • Use the Bradley University Police Department escort programs by calling 309-677-2000.
  • Do not leave your property, vehicles, homes or residence hall rooms unsecured.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk in pairs or groups, especially during the evening and night.
  • Do not become distracted by talking on your cell phone or listening to music through headphones.
  • Travel on well-lit, busy streets and avoid walking through alleys or parking lots.
  • Be aware of places along your path of travel that could conceal a criminal (shrubbery, building recesses, etc.). Avoid or keep a distance from these areas when possible.
  • Take note of suspicious vehicles, especially those that appear to be circling the block or driving unusually slow. If you observe a suspicious vehicle, relay its description and location to the Bradley University Police Department by calling 309-677-2000 or using one of the emergency blue light phones on and around campus.
  • If you think someone is following you, cross the street, head for a well-populated, well-lit area and contact the Bradley University Police Department.
  • If approached, give up your property.