Institutional Mission Statement
Wheaton’s mission statement expresses the stable and enduring identity of the College - our reason for existence and our role in society and the church. All the purposes, goals, and activities of the College are guided by this mission.
Wheaton College exists to help build the church and improve society worldwide by promoting the development of whole and effective Christians through excellence in programs of Christian higher education.
This mission expresses our commitment to do all things - "For Christ and His Kingdom."
Public Safety Department Mission Statement
The Wheaton College Department of Public Safety is dedicated to the protection of life and property and to the prevention of crime, fire and accidents. Through a variety of services offered and through community-oriented patrol, we strive to meet the needs of the members of the campus community.
Crime Prevention Through Preparation
The Wheaton College Department of Public Safety is dedicated to the protection of life and property and to the prevention of crime, fire and accidents. Uniformed officers are on duty 24 hours a day patrolling campus facilities, streets and parking lots. Through preventative patrol, emergency response, and educational programs, Wheaton College Public Safety strives to promote an awareness of safety among students, employees, and visitors. Public Safety is also a service-oriented department. Through a variety of services offered and through community-oriented patrol, we strive to meet the needs of the members of the campus community. All Public Safety officers are trained in Red Cross First Aid & CPR (w/ AED) and carry automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in their vehicles. Some are Red Cross instructors and others Illinois licensed Emergency Medical Technicians. Public Safety officers are in direct radio contact with the 911 center (DU-COMM) and can request medical and police resources much faster than a person calling 911. If there is an emergency on campus call x5911. Since they're in and around campus, Public Safety officers are able to respond faster than other agencies (ambulance, fire, police). The College has more than 70 buildings (academic, administration, and recreational facilities; residence halls; apartments; houses; athletic fields) and each has a different address! As a caller, you may only know that you're "in the library" or "at the softball field" but have no other way of explaining your location to the 911 dispatcher. Public Safety officers have access to all locations 24/7 and are familiar with the "ins and outs" of all campus buildings.
Raising Student Awareness of Crime Prevention
At the beginning of each school year, the Chief of Public Safety and other Public Safety personnel address all incoming students to inform them of the role of the Public Safety department and what they as students can do to assist in the prevention of crimes. Students are urged to use good sense to protect themselves and their property, including keeping an eye on their valuables and locking their doors when they leave their rooms, among other things. Students are also encouraged to report any crimes in a timely manner. At the conclusion of the presentation, students are encouraged to ask questions. The Chief of Public Safety makes a similar presentation to the parents of all incoming freshmen during Orientation to inform them of the practices the College has in place to protect their children and their children’s property.
There are also separate presentations for new faculty and for incoming Residence Life staff which address the same topics.
Investigation and Enforcement
Public Safety oversees the reporting and investigation of all criminal incidents on the campus and strongly encourages all victims to make timely reports. Public Safety officers are non-sworn, but are authorized to make an arrest according to Illinois law. Pursuant to 725 ILCS 5/107-3, a Public Safety officer has authority to make an arrest if the officer “has reasonable grounds to believe that an offense other than an ordinance violation is being committed.” This includes any felony or misdemeanor committed in an officer’s presence. Persons committing these criminal violations on campus are taken into custody and given to the Wheaton city police for prosecution through the criminal justice system.
Wheaton College Public Safety maintains a close working relationship with the Wheaton Police Department. In case of an emergency that poses a threat to the safety and well-being of those on campus, the police are immediately notified and Public Safety plays a support role to their efforts. The Public Safety and Wheaton P.D. officers communicate regularly on the scene of incidents that occur in and around the campus area. There is no written memorandum of understanding between Wheaton College Public Safety and the Wheaton Police Department.
In the event of a crime that occurs on or near campus that constitutes an ongoing threat to the campus, a timely warning will be issued to the campus community. One or more of the following methods will be used: text messages and phone calls via Send Word Now; notices on the marquee signs; campus wide emails; live audio announcements through the college’s emergency speaker system.
Public Safety is responsible to see that all parking regulations are enforced on campus including the issuing of parking permits for all vehicles. We also enforce all parking regulations on campus property including issuing citations.
Public Safety, along with Risk Management, also facilitates Wheaton College’s compliance with all local, state, and federal laws which have a direct bearing on campus security.
Mass Communication (Timely Warnings)
When a situation occurs that the campus community needs to be notified, such as dangerous weather, violence on campus, and any situation that is critical for safety you will be notified by Public Safety in one or more ways.
- Send Word Now…will call to notify you of the situation. This can be by voice or text message.
- Marquee boards and speakers, including live or pre-recorded announcements.
- Campus wide email.
We will send out a message that details what the situation is and specific directions on how to respond. It is important to take all calls seriously and to pay close attention to any instructions given.