NIU president gives statement on FBI search - – Rockford’s News Leader

NIU president gives statement on FBI search


Northern Illinois University President John Peters released a statement Friday on the recent FBI search of the NIU Police Department.

In statement, Peters said investigators focused on electronic and paper records in the department dating back to 2005. He offered no other details on the over eight-hour search, but said it caused "distress." He also said, "it is impossible at this early stage to determine what specific actions may have occurred that necessitate such a response." Peters said he has told all faculty and staff to give investigators their full cooperation.

The search came just weeks after the departments chief, Donald Grady was fired in the wake of an investigation into a former officer who was indicted on sexual assault charges. Grady had been put on leave during that investigation and the charges against the officer were eventually dropped.

The FBI would not comment on the search, other than it was part of an "ongoing criminal investigation" that involved Illinois State Police, the Department of Education, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

President Peters' full statement can be found here.

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