Administrative Services

Campus Safety: The Blue Light Callboxes

Two women looking at a call box

There are 51 blue light emergency call boxes installed across the Western Illinois University campus. Over the years, these call boxes have been upgraded to include American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance features, highly visible reflective markings and a flashing strobe light when the system is activated. "It is imperative for the safety and well-being of our students that we have these emergency call boxes in strategic locations around campus," said OPS Director Bob Fitzgerald. "If we prevent even just one criminal act from occurring because of the presence of the blue lights, then the system is working."

How the Call Boxes Work

The systems are identified by two blue lights which are placed on top of poles with red and blue boxes attached. Anyone may notify police officials at ANY TIME of the day or night, 365 days a year, by pushing a button on the box. The call automatically goes to the OPS telecommunicator who then sends an officer immediately to that location. In addition, when a person presses the button, they can remain in direct verbal contact with the telecommunicator until police arrive. The flashing blue lights serve as a beacon to responding officers and others in the vicinity.

Office of Public Safety
Mowbray Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
PublicSafety@wiu.edu

EMERGENCIES: Dial 911

Phone: 309/298-1949
Parking Services: 309/298-1921
Access Control: 309/298-1940
Fax: 309/298-2884

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