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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Article- Millennial Thoughts on Peelian Principles
In 2017, let's live up to the ideals at the heart of modern policingBy Elijah Woodward| Jan 4, 2017

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SB2370- Have You Made Adjustments for Custodial Interrogations of Minors?
On August 22, 2016, Governor Rauner signed SB2370 into law. Thisbill raises the age from 13 to 15 for a requirementthat children be represented by lawyers during custodial interrogations for homicide and sex offenses. Public Act 99-0882 will take effect Jan. 1, 2017.SB2370 aims to better protect children accused of crimes, and better protect their rights through legal representation. As set forth on the Illinois General Assembly website, the bill:"Amends the Juvenile Court of 1987 and the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. Provides that a minor who was under 18 at the time of the commission of any offense must be represented by counsel throughout the entire custodial interrogation. An oral, written, or sign language statement of a minor made without counsel present throughout the entire custodial interrogation of the minor shall be inadmissible as evidence in any juvenile court proceeding or criminal proceeding against the minor. Provides that in a proceeding under the Criminal Code of 2012, a minor who was under 18 at the time of the commission of the offense must be represented by counsel throughout the entire custodial interrogation of the minor and an oral, written, or sign language statement made without counsel present shall be inadmissible in any criminal proceeding against the minor."The bill also requires videotaping all interrogations of children under age 18 for any felony and or somemisdemeanor cases and includes a uniform "Miranda warning". Below are some o

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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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Article-On Policing the Mentally Ill
The general public has no idea--& that's the pointBy Jeff Shannon| Nov 21, 2016 Photo psyberartist. .featured-image-container { position: relative; margin-bottom:20px; } .featured-video-overlay { position: absolute; bottom: 0; width: 100%; padding: 10px 0; background-color: rgba(0, 88, 108, 0.5); z-index: 1000; color: white; text-align: right; } .featured-video-overlay span { margin: 0 10px; } .featured-video-overlay h3 { margin:0; }

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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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Appelate Court Decision: All This in One Case! -Informants, P.C. for Traffic Stops, Consent Searches, Someone Elses Car, Temporary Detention, Handcuffing, Dog Sniffs & Terry Stops O'My!
Appellate Case Posted 10-7-16Search and Seizure: Reversed and remanded:The fourth amendment requires more than some minimal level of objective justification for making a Terry stop. However, independent corroboration of significant aspects of an informant's predictions can impart a degree of reliability on the informant's other allegations sufficient to support an investigative stop. Fourth amendment guarantees are not implicated when police conduct a search pursuant to a voluntary consent. An individual who does not have a possessory interest in a vehicle cannot challenge the search of either the exterior or the interior of the car.No. 2016 IL App (1st) 152678 People v. Duran (weblink) Filed 10-7-16 (ATH)The defendant was charged with one count of possession with intent to deliver 900 grams or more of methamphetamine. The defendant filed a motion to quash arrest his arrest and suppress evidence arguing the search of the car in which he was riding as well as his bag where the methamphetamine was found was done without consent, articulable factual justification or probable cause. The trial court granted defendant's motion after a hearing finding defendant was arrested without probable cause and therefore the seizure of the methamphetamine was unlawful. The appellate court reversed the trial court's order granting the motion to quash arrest and suppress evidence.FINAL Paragraphs after going through all of the hoops!! 36 In this case, the Cadillac in which the defendant was ridi

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Appelate Court Decision: Voluntary Consent Must be "Absent Any Coercion, Express or Implied"
Appellate Case Posted 10-12-16 Criminal Law: Motion to Quash and Suppress: Reversed: Voluntary consent to search is an exception to the fourth amendment's warrant requirement To be effective, however, the consent must be voluntary, meaning that it was given "absent any coercion, express or implied," and was not "the result of official coercion, intimidation, or deception." The voluntariness of the consent depends on the totality of the circumstances, and the State bears the burden of demonstrating consent was given voluntarily. Initial refusal to consent to search is an important factor in assessing whether later consent is voluntary. The fact that a written consent form was signed is not dispositive in determining whether consent to search was voluntary when circumstances show the signature was obtained through coercion. Voluntariness is a question of fact, and the trial court's finding that consent to search was voluntary will be reversed if it is against the manifest weight of the evidence. People v. Martin, 102 Ill. 2d 412, 426, 466 N.E.2d 228, 234 (1984). A police officer's giving false or misleading information can vitiate the voluntariness of the consent. Cardenas, 2 An officer making a groundless threat and presenting the occupant of the home with the choice of either consenting or suffering the consequences of the threatened course of conduct can also vitiate consent. Goldenhersh, J.No. 2016 IL App (5th) 1140596 People v. Wall(weblink) Filed 10-12-16 (MGB)After a st

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