How license plate readers are helping University Police solve crimes

URBANA, Illinois – The University of Illinois Police Department has long made technology a key piece of its police work – its security network of more than 2,300 cameras has provided critical evidence in countless criminal investigations. But February will mark just one year since it began installing and incorporating an emerging technology – automated […]

Two loaded guns recovered during DUI arrest

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois – University of Illinois Police arrested a Champaign man and recovered two loaded handguns during an impaired driving investigation early Monday morning. Police initially stopped a vehicle driven by Ronald J. Bufkin, 29, at 12:37 a.m. Monday near Fourth and Chalmers streets, Champaign, after he disobeyed a stop sign. A police officer quickly […]

‘All-clear’ issued after unconfirmed bomb threat

Update (8:32 a.m. Friday) Police have issued the “all-clear” Illini-Alert message, and normal activity can resume at Davenport Hall. The building was thoroughly checked by the East Central Illinois Bomb Squad and K9 units. No evidence of explosives was discovered. An investigation into the threatening call will continue. Original post URBANA, Illinois — On Friday […]

Gun arrest assisted by license plate reader

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, Illinois – University of Illinois Police on Tuesday morning arrested a woman in Urbana after she allegedly displayed a handgun from the driver’s seat of her moving vehicle while traveling through campus. Within minutes of the road rage incident, an automated license plate reader helped police find the alleged offender’s vehicle. Sashay S. Pirant, […]