The Harper College Police Department has joined the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System Mobile Field Force (NIPAS). Harper College is a community college based in Palatine, Illinois, serving more than 35,000 students annually in Chicago’s northwest suburbs.

NIPAS is a multijurisdictional task force that includes trained members of more than 100 area police agencies. Together, the group works to form a coordinated, rapid response to civil disturbances, public demonstrations and other events involving large or disorderly crowds that require a response by public agencies. 

Harper's Police Department is the second community college police force to join NIPAS, which is almost completely comprised of municipal police departments.

With the NIPAS partnership, Harper's Police Department will have access to equipment and additional officers in an emergency. The additional resources can also be deployed to assist with crowd control.

As part of the agreement, Harper's police department will provide one officer to the NIPAS Mobile Field Force team. The partnership covers the college's Palatine campus, as well as the Harper Professional Center in Schaumburg and the Learning and Career Center in Prospect Heights.