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Crime report details decrease in arrests, discipline

Crime report details decrease in arrests, discipline

Noah Alatza, News Editor

November 7, 2018

On-campus arrests and overall disciplinary actions have fallen to their lowest levels in over three years. The annual Security and Fire Safety Report released by the university in early October sheds new light on campus crime reports from the 2017 calendar year. The report is mandated by the Jeanne...

Transition period going ‘smoothly’ for new sheriff’s deputies

Transition period going 'smoothly' for new sheriff's deputies

Noah Alatza, News Editor

October 16, 2018

The transition period of having Vanderburgh County sheriff's deputies regularly patrol campus has been going “extraordinarily well,” Director of Public Safety Steve Bequette said. “The impact is readily apparent even though we have had off-duty deputies here a long time,” he said. “I think...

Assistant Director joins Public Safety

Sam Preston joined USI in May as the assistant director of Public Safety.

Noah Alatza, News Editor

September 11, 2018

Director of Public Safety Steve Bequette said the biggest challenge he faced was trying to find someone to fill his own shoes. Bequette was assistant Public Safety director for nine years under former director Stephen Woodall until January 2018. Now, 26-year veteran Vanderburgh County Sheriff depu...

USI, Sheriff’s Office formalize safety partnership

University President Ron Rochon (left), and Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding (right) greet members of the media outside Rice Library Aug. 21 to formally announce a USI-VCSO security partnership.

Noah Alatza and Riley Guerzini

August 21, 2018

Raindrops fell as USI officials and Vanderburgh County Sheriff's deputies gathered to formally announce an agreement between the university and sheriff’s office. Five full-time sheriff deputies will be patrolling on campus as part of the newly created USI Patrol Unit within VCSO’s Operations D...

Public safety investigating two late night ‘suspicious persons’

Public safety investigating two late night 'suspicious persons'

Noah Alatza, Community Engagement Manager

January 21, 2018

A University freshman says she was chased and almost attacked late Thursday night. According to the university's crime log, a suspicious person was reported on campus Jan. 19 at 12:31 a.m. near the Bigger Building in O'Daniel South. The case was closed at 1:09 a.m. because no suspects or witnesses were...

Bequette named Public Safety Director

Bequette named Public Safety Director

Noah Alatza, Staff Writer

January 9, 2018

The university has tapped assistant director of public safety Stephen Bequette to lead its security enforcement department. Bequette served as the assistant director for the last nine years and worked at the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department for 34 years prior to joining the university. ...

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