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Seeking Instructors to teach a First Ever In Illinois Program

12/12/2018 4:50:00 PM

 The Northwest Illinois Criminal Justice Commission (NICJC) is seeking instructors for a first time ever in Illinois, train-the-trainer program. The Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) has developed the training course, Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC), to help patrol officers identify and rescue endangered or exploited children and identify those who pose a high-risk threat to a child. (detailed overview below)

 

The basic I.P.C. class is being held April 8-9, 2019 in the Rockford area. It will soon be posted on the MTU1 April 2019 training calendar.

 

The NICJC is seeking a cadre of instructors to be trained on the program presentation, who can then teach the I.P.C. training via the Mobile Team Units in the State of Illinois.

 

We hope to train four teams, with 3 positions each:

  1. Law Enforcement Officer assigned to Patrol Division or Academy 
  2. Law Enforcement Investigator or Assigned to Fusion Center
  3. Victim’s Advocate                 (See the qualification list below)

Each potential trainer must attend the entire 40 hours of training

(16 hr. basic and 24 hr. train-the-trainer)

Applications Due by January 4, 2019

Dates: 

April 8-9, 2019            2-day Basic I.P.C. class - Rockford

April 10-12, 2019        3-day train-the-trainer- TBD 

 Team Member Qualifications

LAW ENFORCEMENT PATROL

The applicant must have the following education and experience:

  • Currently be a licensed peace officer
  • Possess four consecutive years as a patrol officer or patrol supervisor
  • Currently be assigned to a patrol division or training academy for law enforcement
  • Agree to attend the entire 40-hour training session
  • Successfully complete a written examination to receive certification
  • Successfully present assigned teach back of the curriculum to display a basic understanding of the material

LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATOR

The applicant must have the following education and experience:

  • Currently be a licensed peace officer
  • Currently be assigned to an investigations division or fusion center
  • Experience investigating cases involving sexual assault of a child, human trafficking, or Internet crimes against children
  • Agree to attend the entire 40-hour training session
  • Successfully complete a written examination to receive certification
  • Successfully present assigned teach back of the curriculum to display a basic understanding of the material 

VICTIM SERVICES PROVIDER

The applicant must have the following education and experience:

  • Graduated from an accredited college or university with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in asocial or behavioral science discipline but with preferably a master’s degree in a mental health, social, or behavioral science discipline
  • Currently be employed as a victim services provider, preferably within the criminal justice system; if not, then be experienced in working collaboratively with law enforcement
  • Experienced in providing advocacy, crisis, and counseling services to child victims of crime and trauma
  • Knowledgeable of and experienced in conducting interviews with children
  • Experienced in working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Agree to attend the entire 40-hour training session
  • Successfully complete a written examination to receive certification
  • Successfully present assigned teach back of the curriculum to display a basic understanding of the material 

Basic Course Information 

The Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) has developed a training course, Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC), to help patrol officers identify and rescue endangered or exploited children and identify those who pose a high-risk threat to a child. While patrol officers are well-trained and highly proficient in making observations of suspicious behaviors leading to arrests and successful interdictions of illicit drugs, weapons, and currency, we work to expand their training and knowledge, so they can take a victim centered approach in working child victimization cases and identifying those who offend against children.

IPC is a comprehensive training course covering topics from understanding victims and offenders, legal issues and authority, working with children, the officer’s role to understanding indicators, intelligence reporting as well as identifying and working with local/state resources such as child and victim services.

The IPC program is not only a Human Trafficking class, but a Crimes Against Children Class. IPC is a program that helps patrol officers identify Technology Facilitated Crimes Against Children, Missing Children, Human Trafficking/Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, High Risk Threats Against Children and Sex Offender Compliance/Registration.  

IPC uses a multidisciplinary approach to training.

March 2018 DPS press release

A nationwide effort to battle human trafficking and child exploitation.  The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Interdiction for Protection of Children (IPC) Program has become

The IPC program was implemented in Texas in 2009 to teach law enforcement officers how to recognize indicators of at-risk and endangered children who don't necessarily exhibit obvious signs of abuse. As a result of receiving this specialized and targeted training, law enforcement officers can more readily identify and rescue children, and arrest suspects. The training is now standard for Texas Highway Patrol Troopers.

"Children who go missing, who are abused or at-risk of being abused don't always make an outcry for help when they encounter an officer," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "Knowing that offenders are likely to travel with their victims, this program helps protect children – our most vulnerable population – as well as capture the deplorable criminals who prey on them."

As of March 2018, since the program's inception this training has resulted in DPS rescuing 348 children and initiating 158 criminal investigations, including criminal activity involving sexual assault of a child, possession of child pornography, sex offender non-compliance and human trafficking. DPS Victim Services counselors have also provided emotional support and referrals for other resources to hundreds of rescued children and family members.

DPS partners with various law enforcement, victim services and child protective services agencies to provide IPC training.

To date, DPS has provided IPC training to its own officers as well as more than 7,819 other law enforcement and child protective service professionals in Texas, across the country, and internationally. This specialized training has also assisted other agencies in implementing similar programs within their own jurisdictions.

On March 4, the Washington Post Magazine published an article showcasing the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Interdiction for Protection of Children (IPC) Program and nationwide efforts to battle human trafficking and child exploitation.  The in-depth article, traces the origins of the IPC program and its continued growth across the nation.

Patrol Officers are Trained to Spot Drunken Driving and Drug Trafficking. Why Not Child Trafficking, Too?

 

  

 


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