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Winter 2018 IPS Criminal Justice Publication Digest

The 2018 Winter issue of the Criminal Justice Publication Digest has been added to the website.

The digest is a complete listing of all 0ct-Dec 2017 cases analyzed in

the Illinois Prosecutor Services 2017 quarterlies.





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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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Important Announcement-Mandated Training Records


In regards to agencies being able to view their mandated training information on LEDI.

The ILETSB staff have the information transfer system ready, but are waiting to roll it out around the 1st of the year (2018).

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Remember the FREE-ILETSB Executive Institute On-line Training

The ILETSB Executive Institute provides Law Enforcement FREE online courses that meet state mandates.

Today’s criminal justice practitioner strives for training that is relevant, engaging, and focus-centered. Equally important for some, is the modality in which the training is received. This is why the ILETSB Executive Institute introduced a series of cost-free online courses that gives criminal justice practitioners the flexibility to learn from home or at work.


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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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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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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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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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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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IDNR guidelines for Reporting Recreational Boating Accidents

The Memorial Day weekend festivities are upon us, and with it the possibilities for watercraft related crashes/incidents. Law Enforcement agencies should contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources if they become aware of, or begin investigating a crash/incident that meets the criteria being supplied below. The IDNR encourages local agencies to take measures to preserve a watercraft crash scene just as they would when investigating a traffic crash.

Below are the guidelines used by IDNR when determining if they must be notified. 

Recreational Boating Accident

A recreational boating accident means a recreational vessel, a numbered vessel, or a documented vessel is being used by its operator for recreational purposes and one or more of the following events occur involving the vessel or its equipment.

The MTU1 does not speak for the IDNR and is simply passing on this information to enhance the cooperative efforts already in place amongst numerous agencies.

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Appellate District Decisions are not binding upon other Appellate Districts

Courses being taught throughout the state include cases from various Appellate Districts.  Please  remember that decisions made in one Appellate District are not binding upon other Appellate Districts.

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FBI will retire Summary Reporting System (SRS) and collect crime data only through National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)

New in the CJIS Link

Going NIBRS, Part 1: Two States Share Their Stories

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension stresses the importance of communication and shares valuable lessons that may benefit other agencies planning to transition to NIBRS. Details

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New Infographic on the Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in Law Enforcement

Police Foundation Releases New Infographic on the Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in Law Enforcement

Ensuring the safety of the public is a core mission for all professional law enforcement agencies. In pursuit of this mission, law enforcement leverages many different types of tools, including new and emerging technologies. One of these latest technologies is the small-unmanned aircraft system (sUAS).

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The New Website is On-Line


The new MTU1 website is now On-Line

We are now tracking training via your Police Training Board Number (PTB)

Everyone will need to create an account to access the restricted pages


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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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Blue Campaign- End Human Trafficking
The Blue Campaign is the unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice.Through the Blue Campaign, DHS raises public awareness about human trafficking, leveraging partnerships to educate the public to recognize human trafficking and report suspected instances. The Blue Campaign also offers training to law enforcement and others to increase detection and investigation of human trafficking, and to protect victims and bring suspected traffickers to justice. To view all available Blue Campaign resources, please visit our resources page.DHS is responsible for investigating human trafficking, arresting traffickers, and protecting victims. DHS also provides immigration relief to non-U.S. citizen victims of human trafficking. DHS utilizes a victim-centered approach to combat human trafficking, which places equal value on identifying and stabilizing victims and on investigating and prosecuting traffickers. Victims are crucial to investigations and prosecutions; each case and every conviction changes lives. DHS understands how difficult it can be for victims to come forward and work with law enforcement due to their trauma. DHS is committed to helping victims feel stable, safe, and secure.DHS provides a web-based

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Strangulation & Domestic Violence Calls
Please review this Strangulation Information and download the attached PowerPoint printout.Strangulation(.pdf)When documenting injuries, refer to the definitions below to determine if it's "choking" or "strangulation."CHOKING = internal obstruction of the airway.STRANGULATION = form of asphyxia characterized by closure of the blood vessels and air passages of the neck as a result of external pressures on the neck.Ligature Strangulation if death results, these are almost always homicides. Garroting by telephone cord, rope, wire, clothing or other meansManual Strangulation Hands or forearms Standing or kneeling on the neckBe sure to check for these signs with the victim & take photographs of injuries:THROAT/NECK Redness Bruises Rope or cord burns Neck swelling Neck pain; spots from ruptured capillaries Tiny red spots, red linear marks, bruising, impression marks, scratch marks, claw marksEYES/FACE Red eye (petechieae) Chin abrasionsVOICE/BREATHING Loss of voice Raspy breathing or hoarseness Sore throat Difficulty swallowingOTHER SIGNS Light headed or head rush Fainting/unconsciousness Nausea or vomiting Involuntary urination or defecation Pulmonary damage/coughing up blood Miscarriage hours or days later

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Resource Information on the Brady/ Giglio Topic
The Northwest Illinois law Enforcement Executives Association (NWILEEA) held its winter conference in Galena, IL during the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend. The Monday morning presentation was by Attorney Jill Leka on Brady and its Progeny: What's a Police Chief to do?The training communicated that an agency needs to:-have a policy on how to deal with this mandate;-and agencies need to educate their officers on this topicBelow are some links to documents that may be helpful in designing your agencies policy and other documents you may use to manage the workflow. Here are document links for:Model policiesUrbana, IL Brady policyWashington Association of Sheriff's & Police ChiefsModel Brady Policy(also has sample letters and notification forms)Training Bulletin (San Diego County Sheriff)Public Defender Handbook on the Brady- (their view of the ruling)Below are links to MTU1 website posts and a few other links. Some agencies have had their officers read and sign off on reading these articles, as one method of training on this topic.June 2016 MTU1 website news articles -Article- Brady/Giglio Disclosures Don't Make Your Boss Have To Write A Letter from the Police Chief MagazineArticle Brady/Giglio Disclosure Requirements Law & Order MagazineArticle- Brady/Giglio Disclosure Requirements, Part 2 Law & Order MagazineArticle- Brady/Giglio Disclosure Requirements, Part 3 Law & Order MagazineArticle- Brady/Giglio Disclosure Requirements, Part 4 Law & Order Maga

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Update to Attorney Generals Information & Forms for the Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act
The implementation materials/forms for the Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act are posted on the MTU1 website under the members tab. Some of thispreviously distributed informationhas been revised following some initial feedback and questions.Go to the websiteto locate the links for the forms.Go to the MTU1 website page here "Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act."Go to the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) website for a full list of the sex assault lawsSince ourlast posting of information on this topic,3 additional forms have been released (not all police related). Confirmation of Transfer of Sexual Assault Report to Law Enforcement Agency Having Jurisdiction This from may be used by agencies when sending a written report of a sexual assault incident, which occurred in another jurisdiction, to the agency having jurisdiction. This same form may then be used by the receiving agency to provide the required confirmation and information to the agency having taken the initial report. Patient Consent: Collect and Test Evidence or Collect and Hold Evidence This consent form will be used by hospitals to obtain consent to perform a medical forensic exam and collect evidence. It will also be used to obtain consent from the victim to test the evidence or indicated that the victim has declined testing at this time and that the evidence is to be stored. There is a section on the bottom of the 2nd page for a law enforcement officer to complete if the victim comes to

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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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