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New Law Allows FOID Cardholders to Carry Switchblades


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Estimating the Cost of a Problem Officer

Richard R. Johnson, Ph.D.
August, 2017

Dolan Consulting Group- Research Brief

Law enforcement is a high-liability profession. Lawsuits against law enforcement officers and agencies absorb an inordinate amount of personnel time and agency resources. Officers and supervisors have to be interviewed or deposed, attorney fees have to be paid, documents have to be gathered and copied, meetings are held with city officials, and insurance companies must be consulted. It all results in one expensive, time-consuming mess. 


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New Method You Can Use to ask ILETSB Questions

ILETSB Director Brent Fischer has instituted a new way for you ask the training board about the policy activities, or other training board specific topics that are affecting you.

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Video - Trauma Our Dispatchers & Civilian Employees Face.

In this talk from WINx Chicago 2017 sponsored by Guardian Tracking, Connie Fraser talks about the trauma our dispatchers and civilian employees face.

Do you consider your dispatcher as part of your team? It could save your life?

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Community Policing is Not Soft on Crime: The Evidence

Community Policing is Not Soft on Crime: The Evidence 
  Research Brief - Dolan Consulting

Richard R. Johnson, Ph.D.
August, 2017

Dolan Consulting Group is committed to the principles of community-oriented policing. Unfortunately, we sometimes encounter push back from attendees in our courses that suggest community-oriented policing strategies are some form of a “hug-a-thug” philosophy that is soft on crime and criminals. We are often baffled when we encounter such views as we struggle to understand how community-oriented policing strategies, designed to include law abiding citizen input to determine crime priorities and responses, could be considered soft on crime.

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Third Circuit Agrees w/ District Court- Officers had a reasonable, articulable suspicion to conduct a terry stop


August 2017

From Public Agency Training Agency

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August/September 2017 Training Classes

Check out the August/September 2017 Training Classes

There is still time to get in on a few of the August classes and please register for the September classes as soon as possible.

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July 2017 Criminal Case Law Quarterly

Free copy of the July issue 

Criminal Case Law Quarterly

Illinois Prosecutor Services, LLC

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Traffic Incident Management Training No Longer Expires


REMINDER: As of June 15, 2017, IDOT has changed their protocol as it relates to tow operators and traffic incident management training. They have eliminated the two-year expiration date on the cards and are no longer requiring tow operators to come back for a refresher. 

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The Patrol Officer's Perspective on Rewards and Punishments
The Patrol Officer’s Perspective on Rewards and Punishments 
Dolan Consulting Group - Research Brief
Richard R. Johnson, Ph.D.
 July, 2017
Decades of extensive research in psychology has revealed that people respond to rewards and punishments in the workplace.1Law enforcement officers are no exception. We are generally motivated to engage in, or refrain from, specific behaviors because of the rewards and punishments associated with those behaviors. 
Private industry often links pay and other rewards to specific employee performance goals. High performance often results in pay raises, swift promotions and bonuses. Failing to live up to the performance standards in the private sector often means that a potential year-end pay bonus is denied or that an under-performing employee will be included in the company’s next round of reduction-in-force layoffs. 
In the public sector, however, we usually do not think of using employee rewards. This is, at least in part, due to the nature of civil service rules that make using formal rewards difficult.  Public sector employers generally cannot offer pay bonuses or an unscheduled promotion to reward excellent work.  

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Report: Middle School Suicide Rates More Than Doubled Since 2007

From Campus Safety

Report: Middle School Suicide Rates More Than Doubled Since 2007

The annual rate skyrocketed from 0.9 suicides per 100,000 middle schoolers in 2007 to 2.1 suicides per 100,000 middle schoolers in 2014.

Suicide rates have drastically increased for all age groups under 75.

Recent statistics have shown a disturbing rise in suicide among middle school students in America.

From 2007 to 2014, suicide rates have doubled among children ages 10 to 14, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The annual rate skyrocketed from 0.9 suicides per 100,000 middle schoolers in 2007 to 2.1 suicides per 100,000 middle schoolers in 2014.

Suicides have now surpassed the death rate from car crashes in that age group for the first time, according to

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Video-Police and Community Relations; Respecting the Differences that Define Us

Published on Jul 18, 2017

In this powerful talk from WINx Chicago 2017, Captain Harold Love (ret.) talks about Police and Community Relations; Respecting the Differences that Define Us.

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New Wellness Center: Stress/Substance Abuse Therapy for Cops Only

It looks like something good is on its way!

From Force Science Bulletin #341

I. New wellness center: Stress/substance abuse therapy for cops only

An innovative medical treatment facility, exclusively for LEOs burdened by substance abuse, stress overload, marital problems, or other wellness-threatening issues, is scheduled to open within the next few months, not far from the Force Science Training headquarters in a Chicago suburb.

Dubbed St. Michael’s House, after the archangel patron of warriors, the special, nondenominational facility will occupy the entire floor of a private medical center and offer both residential and out-patient services for officers and their families.

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NAMI Sauk Area 5K Run

The NAMI Sauk Valley 5K run will raise funds that will help law enforcement officers in the MTU1 region attend mental health awareness training via reimbursement grants to the agencies.




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Upcoming Classes Offered by the Illinois Fire Service Institute

Outside Training Opportunity 

This training is NOT being presented or endorsed by MTU #1. Rather, is being posted to advise of its availability.
Please register according to the instructions provided below, as MTU #1 is unable to assist you with registrations or provide any additional information on this training.


Upcoming Classes Offered by the Illinois Fire Service Institute

For information, including prerequisites and/or to enroll, visit:



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An Introduction to the Darknet and Bitcoin

Article for IN Public Safety

By Jinnie Chua, Assistant Editor of In Public Safety

The Darknet is an encrypted network where many criminals in today’s digital age are doing business. All manner of illegal things and services are available for purchase on the Darknet. There are individuals engaging in drug dealing, human trafficking, terrorism, hit for hire, tax evasion and much more.

To keep up with the growing rate of crime on the Darknet, it’s important for officers to have a solid understanding of how it works. Earlier this year, as part of American Military University’s Law Enforcement Webinar Series, Jim Deater gave a presentation on the basic knowledge officers need to have about the Darknet.

”In every corner of the world, wherever there’s data service, the Darknet is probably being used,” said Deater. “The more you understand and the more you know, the better off you are to face it.”

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When is a CDL Required?

from the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association

The world of truck enforcement is a world of never ending questions. Most people will agree the second heaviest regulated industry in the United States needs rules and regulations. Most people will also agree there is a great deal of discontinuity in the dissemination of these laws, how they are to be interpreted and how they are to be enforced. This level of discontinuity gives birth to such organizations as the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association. The article this week will cover one of these laws – the Uniform Commercial Driver’s License Act.

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Effective Jan 1, 2018 Agencies must Have Written Policies for Investigating Sexual Assault/Abuse
On or before July 1, 2017, watch for the release of the guidelines being developed by the Office of the Attorney General so you can develop your required written policies/procedures under this new law.Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act. (web link)Section 15. Sexual assault incident policies.(a) On or before January 1, 2018, every law enforcement agency shall develop, adopt, and implement written policies regarding procedures for incidents of sexual assault or sexual abuse consistent with the guidelines developed under subsection (b) of this Section. In developing these policies, each law enforcement agency is encouraged to consult with other law enforcement agencies, sexual assault advocates, and sexual assault nurse examiners with expertise in recognizing and handling sexual assault and sexual abuse incidents. These policies must include mandatory sexual assault and sexual abuse response training as required in Section 10.19 of the Illinois Police Training Act and Sections 2605-53 and 2605-98 of the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.(b) On or before July 1, 2017, the Office of the Attorney General, in consultation with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board and the Department of State Police, shall develop and make available to each law enforcement agency, comprehensive guidelines for creation of a law enforcement agency policy on evidence-based, trauma-informed, victim-centered sexual assault and sexual abuse respo

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Grant Funding for NARCAN


First Responders? Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Cooperative Agreement (CFDA No. 93.243)

Purpose: To allow first responders and members of other key community sectors to administer a drug or device approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose.

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Opportunity to help the families of fallen heroes, both military and first responders
Michael Luster is one of Illinois' finest. He is a retired Illinois State Police Investigative Master Sergeant, from Springfield, IL and a song writer, part of the song writing duo, Luster & McCoy. 
Michael has written a song titled, No One Knows How I Feel, sung by Elizabeth McCoy and recorded in Nashville, TN. He has also created a video to go along with the song and it was placed on YouTube on 03/21/17. 
Michael has committed to donating the proceeds of the individual iTunes downloads of this song, to the families of fallen heroes, both military and first responders. Check it out here.

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