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NIU report: Lead agency assignments and responsibilities

Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010 2:36 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 18, 2010 4:32 p.m. CDT

A look at the agencies that responded to the Feb. 14, 2008, shooting at Northern Illinois University and their responsibilities, as worded in NIU’s Feb. 14 report, which was released Thursday:

Northern Illinois University Dept. of Public Safety

The Northern Illinois University Department of Public Safety (NIUDPS) was the primary response agency during the February 14, 2008 shooting. NIUDPS maintained responsibility for all investigative initiatives following the incident and all subsequent follow-up investigation activities. ... Agencies assigned as the “lead” for any particular function were responsible for summarizing their investigative findings and providing all information and evidence they collected to NIUDPS for review. NIUDPS was then responsible for acceptance of the materials and either suggesting the lead agency investigate further or NIUDPS conducted follow-up investigations as they deemed necessary and appropriate. ...

NIUDPS was the lead agency for enhanced day-to-day operations to include motorized patrol, foot patrol, and ensuring the continued safety and security for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors on the DeKalb Campus of NIU. All police operations and administrative support for investigating organizations were managed by NIUDPS personnel. All equipment, facilities, and logistics were handled by NIUDPS.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was assigned as the lead agency for crime scene processing, evidence collection, and behavioral analysis and motivation. FBI personnel were assisted by persons from the Illinois State Police and NIUDPS.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was the lead agency investigating the history, purchase, point of purchase, acquisition and/or ownership of the firearms possessed or used during the shooting. They also interviewed all persons who were injured during the incident. ATF personnel were assisted by persons from NIUDPS as required.

Illinois State Police

The Illinois State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation was the lead regarding the location of all potential victims and witnesses. They were also responsible for interviewing any witnesses to the event and assisted the FBI in crime scene processing. Analysts from the Illinois State Police scanned all reports and documents related to Kazmierczak’s background, converted them into an Adobe PDF format, and compared them to other investigative documents to ensure the review had not resulted in overlooked or missed information. Illinois State Police investigators were assisted by persons from the City of DeKalb Police Department, City of Sycamore Police Department, and NIUDPS.

City of DeKalb Police Department

The City of DeKalb Police, assisted by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, City of Sycamore Police Department, Illinois State Police, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and NIUDPS, was the lead for collecting and processing information regarding the shooter, including but not limited to: his education, work history, criminal and traffic histories, his medical/mental biography, his whereabouts prior to the shooting, friends, family and other associates, search of his room in DeKalb and other places of abode, and locating evidence related to his actions on February 14, 2008.

City of DeKalb Fire Department

The DeKalb Fire Service (DFD) was the lead for emergency medical response and transport services. DFD personnel were assisted by persons from the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) and NIUDPS.

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