The Shield

Sheriff’s Office partnership brings safety increase

Sheriff’s Office partnership brings safety increase

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

February 5, 2020

When Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office finalized a partnership with the university to have deputies patrol the campus in 2018, Sheriff Dave Wedding said it would lead to a safer campus. Domestic violence dropped from five to one, dating violence from six to five and drug law violations on campu...

Three dating violence reports in one week

Three dating violence reports in one week

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

January 21, 2020

There have been three different dating violence reports on campus in a five day period. The first one was reported Jan. 15 at 6:21 p.m. at O’Daniel South. At the same time, there was a simple assault incident reported, according to the crime log at the Public Safety building. The second one was ...

White supremacist flyers found on parking lot vehicles

White supremacist flyers found on parking lot vehicles

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

November 12, 2019

White supremacist flyers were discovered on vehicles on a campus parking lot this afternoon, marking the second time in four months the flyers have been placed on vehicles on campus. Public Safety became aware of the flyers in the third and fourth row of Parking Lot C towards the north side this afternoon...

Public Safety to release new safety app

Public Safety to release new safety app

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

October 1, 2019

We have so much technology at the tips of our fingers in today’s world. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube crowd our phone screens but a new app is gaining popularity. Wildfire, a safety app where users can report crimes and post warnings for their surrounding area, was created in 2015 for ...

Public Safety continues investigation into white supremacist flyers

Public Safety continues investigation into white supremacist flyers

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

September 3, 2019

Public Safety is continuing its investigation into flyers left on campus by a white supremacist group weeks before students arrived for the fall semester. “We are actively investigating it,” Public Safety Director Steve Bequette said. “Hopefully, something will break.” A staff member working...

Man arrested on campus for warrant

Man arrested on campus for warrant

Noah Alatza, News Editor

December 6, 2018

A man discovered in the university's parking lot late Wednesday afternoon has been arrested. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office took Brian J. Myers, 46, into custody on an outstanding warrant from neighboring Gibson County. The arrest was made along University Blvd. shortly after 4:25 p.m., ac...

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...

Racist flyers found on campus ahead of midterm elections

Racist flyers found on campus ahead of midterm elections

Noah Alatza, News Editor

November 6, 2018

Public Safety is investigating racist flyers found in the university's parking lot Monday, Director of Public Safety Steve Bequette said.  A hate crime was reported on campus at 1:05 p.m. Monday according to the university's incident crime log. Public Safety Staff Sgt. Tami Jaramillo confirmed to The Sh...

New bus line added to campus

New bus line added to campus

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor

October 22, 2018

The Metropolitan Evansville Transit System (METS), has added a new bus line to run on USI’s campus. The new White line is the third bus line on campus and will run simultaneously with the Blue and Red lines from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Service for the new line began on October 1. “It’s been ...

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

Assistant Director joins 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

USI, Sheriff’s Office formalize safety 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...

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