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February 19, 2013

NIU dismisses Grady from police force

DeKalb, Ill. — Northern Illinois University announced today that Donald Grady has been relieved of his position as chief of the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety. Grady had been on administrative leave since November 10, 2012.

The university's decision to dismiss Grady was made after an administrative evaluation, which included a review of the Rifkin matter, NIU police department records and Grady’s internal pre-termination hearing earlier this month.

Grady’s NIU employment termination officially took effect at the close of business hours Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.

Since November the NIU police have been under the direction of a new leadership team led by Bill Nicklas, Acting Director of Public Safety and Acting Chief of Police Darren Mitchell.

“In recent months,” Nicklas said, “the department has enhanced coverage in the campus residence halls and classroom buildings to be more visible and responsive to students.”

The department is also taking significant steps to strengthen its partnership with the City of DeKalb’s Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies. The NIU Police recently joined the DeKalb County Major Case Squad, and are working closely with DeKalb Police in patrolling Greek Row and other parts of the northwest quadrant of the city, close to campus.

“The men and women of the NIU Police Department remain devoted to our longstanding commitment to community policing,” Nicklas said. “Their shared focus is engagement in campus living and learning spaces, and cooperative patrolling in our neighborhoods.”

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Media Contact: Bradley Hoey, NIU University Relations 
Phone: (815) 761-2541
Email: bhoey@niu.edu