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LEXIPOL- Imperfect Recall: How Memory Impacts Police Use of Force Investigations

 

From LEXIPOL website

By Jason Helfer

Human beings, regardless of training and experience, are not robots. They have unique physical attributes, states of health and life experiences that shape the context in which they perceive their world.

And police officers are human beings. A job title, training or experience does not mean an officer’s brain will process information any different than that of a civilian. And yet, too often the expectations the public—and even law enforcement agencies—places on police officers fail to account for the limitations of sensory input and processing.

 


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2017/2018 Legislative Update is posted on website

The 2017/2018 Legislative Update has been posted on the MTU1 website.  

This Publication is a comprehensive listing of legislative changes

 

 

 


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Preventable Collision?

Objectively labeling a collision as preventable can sting, but it can also nurture good judgement

By David Kinaan  |   Oct 31, 2017

Caliber Press article

The term “preventable” can be a hard word to stomach—especially when you were just involved in a traffic collision that may have been your fault. It might imply that you should have known better and you did something wrong or failed to take an action that would have avoided the collision. Not an easy thing to accept when you’re a cop.

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Executive Institute Newsletter- October 2017

ILETSBEI NEWS

 

Executive Institute October Newsletter

This edition of ILETSBEI news features the Recommendations on Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment and Decontamination Products for First Responders Against Exposure Hazards to Synthetic Opioids, Including Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogues by the Interagency Board.


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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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NATIONAL AND ILLINOIS YOUTH SUBSTANCE USE: RISK FACTORS, PREVALENCE, AND TREATMENT
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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