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International Public Safety Association's Rescue Task Force Guide

Police /Fire/ EMS working together- Rescue Task Forces

The International Public Safety Association’s Rescue Task Force Committee created a Rescue Task Force Guide

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Force Science News-Use Of Force Perceptions

Use Of Force Perceptions 

From Force Science News

Civilian beliefs about use of force by police are often shockingly far from reality

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Fighting the Opioid Crisis through Substance Use Disorder Treatment by ICJIA

Fighting the Opioid Crisis through Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Study of a Police Program Model in Illinois

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

Seeking to more effectively help individuals suffering from opioid use disorder, police departments across the country are embracing a deflection model that offers treatment access to those in need. Researchers interviewed representatives of seven law enforcement agencies employing treatment program models in Illinois to better understand operations, leverage lessons learned, measure sustainability, and inform other agencies as they implement their own programs.

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Helping Domestic Violence Victims
Helping Domestic Violence Victims 
Richard R. Johnson, Ph.D.
Dolan Consulting Group 
September, 2017
Domestic violence (DV) calls pose a number of physical safety and legal liability risks for law enforcement officers. These calls involve crimes between people with complex relationship issues that can make investigating these crimes very difficult for officers. In fact, one study that surveyed patrol officers from 13 different municipal police departments in the Chicago metro area revealed that, despite the physical dangers associated with DV calls, officers’ greatest frustrations with handling these calls were associated with DV victims. Approximately 38% of surveyed officers indicated that dealing with victim behaviors was their greatest frustration about handling DV calls. Specifically, officers expressed frustration over victim behaviors such as refusing to cooperate with their investigation, recanting statements, refusing to testify, or refusing to end the relationship with the batterer....

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Highway Grade Crossing - Emergency Notification System (ENS)

Highway Grade Crossing - Emergency Notification System (ENS)


Recently, the ILETSB’s counterpart in Wisconsin sent out Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Emergency Notification System (ENS) flyers to all law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Wisconsin.  These flyers explain the use of the blue placards at every train crossing throughout the United States and Canada. 

Download the training flyer

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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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July 2017 Criminal Case Law Quarterly

Free copy of the July issue 

Criminal Case Law Quarterly

Illinois Prosecutor Services, LLC

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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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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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Study-Majority of First Responders Face Mental Health Challenges in the Workplace

Majority of First Responders Face Mental Health Challenges in the Workplace

University of Phoenix Releases First Responder Mental Health Survey Results

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Examining the Facts on Implicit Bias

Examining the Facts on Implicit Bias

Richard R. Johnson, Ph.D.  May, 2017 from the Dolan Consulting Group - Research Brief
A number of sources have claimed that public employees are influenced by implicit biases. The U.S. Department of Justice, the Police Executive Research Forum, and the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, for example, have suggested that law enforcement officers hold unconscious, implicit biases against people of color.1 It has been argued that these implicit biases cause police officers to enforce the law in ways that discriminate against members of racial minority groups. Similar claims have been made against prosecutors, judges, and probation officers as an explanation for the disproportionate representation of racial minorities in our prisons and jails. Allegations have also been levelled against teachers and school administrators, suggesting that they treat white students preferentially over minority students, and that they do so as a result of these same unconscious, implicit biases.

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Force Science News - Appeals court issues guidelines for UOF in non-criminal emergencies

Force Science News- Appeals court issues guidelines for UOF in non-criminal emergencies

Facing a medical emergency and a use-of-force dilemma, did this sheriff’s deputy do the right thing?

The deputy, working road patrol for the Oakland County (MI) SO, responded one June afternoon to a call at a residence near Detroit where four paramedics were struggling to help a man overcome a life-threatening diabetic crisis.

According to later documents in the case, a finger prick had established that his blood-sugar level was “extremely low at 38,” the normal range being 60-110. Left untreated, the “medical emergency” could “lead to prolonged seizure and death.”

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Why Priority Management Trumps Time Management
“Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of
how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.”
John C Maxwell, best-selling author, speaker, & consultant on Leadership.
If you’re a knowledge worker, you’re probably undervaluing your time. If you waste a lot of time doing administrative things, creating your own systems and hacking excel, Google docs, and the like, you’re probably not making the most of your time. There’s also likely rudimentary tasks that you should be outsourcing to save you time, whether it be asking someone else to help you, hiring a Task Rabbit, or using a 3rd party tool or service.

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Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority During stages of ongoing, yet incomplete, cognitive development, youth may be more inclined to take risks and experiment with drugs and alcohol and are often heavily influenced by their peers, leading to negative outcomes. Nationally and in Illinois, traditionally high drug use categories of marijuana and alcohol appear to be stable or falling and youth use of other drugs remains relatively low. READ MORE

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Pew Research Center- Ferguson Effect Real, Survey Finds
Behind the BadgeAmid protests and calls for reform, how police view their jobs, key issues and recent fatal encounters between blacks and policeBy Rich Morin, Kim Parker, Renee Stepler and Andrew Mercer

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HIG Interrogation Best Practices Report
HIG Interrogation Best Practices Report This report was prepared by the FBI-administered High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group and summarizes best practices for interrogation that do not involve the use of force. Here are a couple excerpts and there is some interesting information on pages 12-13.

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Resource Publication-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Guidelines to Enhance Community Trust
New Guidance for Law Enforcement Released: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Guidelines to Enhance Community TrustDear Friends,Earlier today, we released new recommendations for local law enforcement agencies considering the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for public safety purposes. Community Policing & Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Guidelines to Enhance Community Trust provides comprehensive guidance on all aspects of UAS use in public safety, including operational, training, and legal and regulatory compliance considerations.

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IACP Guide-Protecting Civil Rights: A Leadership Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement
A resource and information page from the International Association Chief's of Police website. This information will be useful if your are developing your Organizational Accountability:Managing Use of Force policy.Protecting Civil Rights: A Leadership Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law EnforcementProtecting Civil Rights:A Leadership Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law EnforcementPrepared by the International Association of Chiefs of PoliceSeptember 2006Download PublicationPart 1: Executive Summary, Acknowledgements, Table of Contents, Chapters 1 to 2 Part 2: Chapters 2 to 5 Part 3: Chapters 6 to 8, Appendices Order Printed Copy from COPs: Publication Request Form (PDF Fax Form)The effectiveness of the police depends on the trust and confidence of the community. If civil rights of individuals or groups within a community are compromised, public trust and confidence in the police are diminished. Without trust, police become less legitimate in the eyes of the public. Compromised relations with the community result in strained relations and in less effective law enforcement. With funding from and collaboration with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), a component of the US Department of Justice, IACP produced this guide as a comprehensive overview of the civil rights issues and challenges that face today's law enforcement leaders. The guide describes the processes by which agencies with alleged "pattern or practice" civil rights violations are investig

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2016 Illinois State Police Offense Code Index book
The 2016 Illinois State Police Offense Code Index bookhas been added to the "Manuals & Major Publications"(weblink) page of the MTU1 website where you can download it in .pdf format.This page is located under the members tab.

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IACP 2006 article- Unconstitutional Policing: The Ethical Challenges in Dealing with Noble Cause Corruption
Police Chief Magazine | Unconstitutional Policing: The Ethical Challenges in Dealing with Noble Cause CorruptionBy Thomas J. Martinelli, J.D., Adjunct Professor, Wayne State University, Detroit, MichiganWhen uncovered as a pattern or practice, the police crimes defined as noble cause corruption can result in constitutional rights litigation that can financially cripple agencies. In promoting police integrity, the U.S. Department of Justice repeatedly emphasizes the duty of law enforcement agents to respect the value and dignity of every person, including criminal citizens.1 The Department of Justice has recently emphasized this message, and has entered into consent decrees with cities stemming from allegations of patterns of police abuse of authority.Rogue officers are tempted to engage in noble cause corruption in situations where they perceive no administrative accountability and decide to push the constitutional envelope, even though police must know and respect the constitutional laws upon which their very authority is derived. Departmental leaders must address noble cause corruption by defining what it is, what fosters it, and how to eliminate it.What Is Noble Cause Corruption?Noble cause corruption in policing is defined as "corruption committed in the name of good ends, corruption that happens when police officers care too much about their work. It is corruption committed in order to get the bad guys off the streetsthe corruption of police power, when officers do bad t

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