The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

Ryan Risinger, current active chief of the Univeristy Police Department, is a candidate for the position of UPD Chief.

Current acting UPD chief a candidate for permanent position

Luke Taylor, News Editor October 17, 2021

The current acting chief for the University Police Department is one of the candidates for the permanent position of Eastern police chief. Ryan Risinger has worked for UPD since 2005 and says that his...

Real-life scares are not ‘fun and games’

Megan Keane, Columnist October 16, 2019

Halloween is approaching, and I crave being terrified. I prefer a scary movie over a chick-flick or action movie on any given day. But why is that? It’s actually really weird if I stop and think...

A police car sits outside Douglas Hall Tuesday morning after law enforcement responded to a report of a gun in the building. No gun was found.

Threat to campus found to be not credible

JJ Bullock, Editor-in-Chief October 15, 2019

A threat issued to Eastern’s campus early Tuesday morning was found to be not credible by law enforcement following a day of investigations, false alarm emergency calls and questions from a concerned...

Jed Smock, a member of Campus Ministry USA, returned to Eastern’s campus to preach his faith in the Library Quad on Tuesday afternoon. The campus police supervised the event as Smock spoke about drugs, sex and streaking.

FEATURE PHOTO: ‘Brother Jed’ returns, again

Elizabeth Wood, Photo Editor October 8, 2019

Jed Smock, a member of Campus Ministry USA, returned to Eastern’s campus to preach his faith in the Library Quad on Tuesday afternoon. The campus police supervised the event as Smock spoke about drugs,...

UPD talks role on campus, safety

Dominique Brown, Staff Reporter August 21, 2019

In a town with multiple police forces, the University Police Department stands out. Chief Kent Martin, who has been with the department since 1997 and has been serving as chief of the department since...

UPD enforcing summer parking

Staff Report May 14, 2019

Eastern’s University Police Department is enforcing parking rules and regulations over the summer, so students driving to school still need to purchase permits to avoid receiving citations. UPD is...

City Council honors cops who saved person’s life

Corryn Brock, Associate News Editor March 6, 2019

The Charleston City Council honored police officers from the Charleston Police Department and the University Police Department and approved all action items on Tuesday. The officers were honored for...

Shooting victim was 26-year-old male flown to Urbana hospital

Corryn Brock, Associate News Editor March 4, 2019

A 26-year-old man was shot in the abdomen early Sunday morning near 7th Street and Buchanan Avenue. The victim was transported to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and then flown to Carle Foundation Hospital...

UPD, U.S. Bank work to combat online scams

Analicia Haynes, Editor-in-Chief October 25, 2018

The number of employment scams and online scams has increased this semester and the U.S. Bank branch on campus is teaming up with Eastern and the University Police Department to inform students about these...

University Police Department Chief Kent Martin hopes to begin training of ALICE, an active shooter response program on the campus of Eastern. The program, according to its website is the No. 1 active shooter civilian response training for organizations. Martin said you does not have to look far to see the benefits of the program.

UPD to expand use of ALICE

Chrissy Miller, News Editor October 3, 2017

After becoming a certified ALICE trainer, University Police Chief Kent Martin now plans to expand the use of the program throughout the campus community. ALICE is a training program that helps educate...

UPD, CPD collaborate for active shooter response training

Leon Mire, Associate News Editor March 19, 2017

The University Police Department and Charleston Police Department used McAfee Gym Tuesday and Thursday over spring break to train officers for active shooter scenarios. Brett Compton, patrol officer...

Joel Stewart, the new university police officer, is sworn in by Lynette Drake, the interim vice president for student affairs earlier this month.

New officer hopes to be good face for UPD

Chrissy Miller, Staff Reporter October 20, 2016

Though he has lived in Charleston his whole life, new university police officer Joel Stewart said he was never really around Eastern’s campus growing up. That changed when he got the position and...

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