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Annual Body Camera Reports are due May 1
Just a friendly reminder- Each law enforcement agency that utilizes body worn cameras must provide a report to the I.L.E.T.S.B. by May 1 of each year. This ILCS mandate applies to all agencies in Illinois and is not based upon an agency receiving a camera grant for purchasing the system. ALL agencies using Body worn cameras must send in a report.
ILETSB -Requiring Electronically Submitted Forms
Effective March 1, 2018, ILETSB will be accepting electronically submitted Narcotic Detection Canine Certification Report Forms (Initial and Annual) and Lead Homicide Investigator Recertification Forms as the primary method of submission.
Supreme Court Case- Public Employment/Discharge Hearing
Illinois Supreme and Appellate Court Case SummariesfromIllinois Court ReportsSupreme Court Case Posted 1-19-17Public Employment/Discharge Hearing: Appellate court reversed, circuit court affirmed: In case where city police officer was terminated following hearing in front of police board, as to which decision he did not seek administrative review, subsequent request by officer for arbitration under collective bargaining agreement was properly barred by waiver and res judicata as issues in second claim requesting arbitration could have been litigated in initial hearing before police board. Thomas, J.No. 2017 IL 120643The Village of Bartonville v. Lopez Filed 1-19-17 (TJJ)At issue in this case is whether defendants, Salvador Lopez and Policemen's Benevolent Labor Committee, Inc., are precluded from seeking grievance arbitration of Lopez's termination from his employment with plaintiff Village of Bartonville's police department. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of plaintiff on its complaint for declaratory judgment and to stay arbitration. The appellate court, with one justice specially concurring and one justice dissenting, reversed the trial court and remanded the case to the trial court with directions to order the parties to proceed to arbitration. 2016 IL App (3d) 150341. This court allowed plaintiff's subsequent petition for leave to appeal.
Article- Police Suicide: What No One Wants to Say
For far too long police suicide has been seen as taboo, a perspective that's killing usBy Jimmy Brown| Jan 9, 2017 Law enforcement suicide: Whether it's a problem of catastrophic magnitude, an infrequent anomaly, or a problem that simply doesn't exist depends upon who you ask. The unfortunate reality is that we simply don't know the extent of the problem because we, as a profession, have not had the stomach to face our mental health issues. Suicide is the final culmination of our much larger mental health issues that we continuously ignore as individual officers and organizationally.There are myriad reasons as to why we seem to refuse to address our baggage. But those reasons change depending on your perspective. For the individual officer, there's a stigma attached to owning your junk, which ranges from embarrassment to fear of job loss to being viewed as weak. For agencies, admitting that there's a larger issue of officer mental health that needs to be addressed opens up issues of liability and officer safety, and, of course, it impacts the budget.To comprehensively address the larger issue of officer mental health, we have to start at the end-suicide.READ ARTICLE
Force Science-Surprising Findings from New Force Science Study - Public Perceptions of Ballistic Vests.
This Information is not being presented or endorsed by MTU1Top award to FS researcher for new vest study presentationThree researchers with Force Science credentials presented new study results at the recent annual conference of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology in Austin, TX. One, Dr. John O'Neill, a behavioral scientist on the staff of the Force Science Institute, was cited with special recognition. After reviewing all the conference's presentations, 64 in total, a judging committee bestowed on O'Neill the prestigious Shaffer Award for Best Research Presentation. The honor is named for the late Dr. Charles Edward Shaffer, a founder of the Society known for his unwavering "commitment to solid research." The Society, with international professional membership, is devoted to drawing on scientific knowledge about "the full range of human behaviors" to create "practical solutions" to problems in law enforcement, corrections, and the criminal justice system, according to its mission description. VEST FINDINGS. O'Neill's presentation focused on some surprising findings from a new Force Science study he led regarding public perceptions of ballistic vests. As we all know, some of the complaints of vocal activists and the media after the Ferguson riots and other OIS-related disturbances have centered on the alleged "militarization" of law enforcement, including police clothing and equipment. In brief, O'Neill's team took one item of police gear that's often highly visibl
FBI- Preliminary Crime Stats for 2016 Released
January 9, 2017Report Covers January through JuneToday, the FBI released its Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, which covers January through June 2016 and which shows an increase in the number of violent crimes and a decrease in the number of property crimes when compared to figures from the same time period in 2015. The data came from 13,366 law enforcement agencies across the nation.According to the report, violent crime in the U.S. showed an overall increase of 5.3 percent. Each of the offenses in the violent crime category-murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery-experienced increases: aggravated assaults were up 6.5 percent; murders increased 5.2 percent; rapes (legacy definition) were up 4.4 percent and rapes (revised definition) increased 3.5 percent; and robberies were up 3.2 percent.And while property crime as a whole was down 0.6 percent (burglaries decreased 3.4 percent and larceny-thefts were down 0.8 percent), motor vehicle thefts increased by 6.6 percent.This preliminary report features several tables which detail the percent change in offenses reported to law enforcement by population group, by region of the country, and by consecutive years back to 2012. It also contains a table showing the number of offenses reported to law enforcement, by state, in cities with populations of more than 100,000.The full Crime in the United States 2016 report will be released later this year.Resources: Press release 2016 Prelimina
Research Brief- Improving Police-Minority Relations: The Out-of-Car Experience
Richard R. Johnson, Ph.D.January, 2017In the wake of a significant increase in officer deaths from violent attacks and unceasing criticism by media outlets, political figures and other groups in 2016, citizen satisfaction and confidence in the police in America has actually rebounded from a pattern of decline that has been going on since the early 1970s. In 1968, Gallup Poll data showed 78% of Americans had "a great deal" of confidence and satisfaction with their local police. Since that year, confidence and satisfaction in the police has declined, bottoming out at 47% satisfaction in 2015. In the latter half of 2016, however, citizen satisfaction and confidence in the police rebounded, with 76% of Americans indicating that they had "a great deal" of confidence in the police as of October, 2016.1A national disconnect continues to exist, however, between the law enforcement profession and members of racial and ethnic minority groups. The recent Gallup poll data continues to reveal that African-Americans and Hispanics express less satisfaction or confidence in the police than do Whites. Nationwide, non-whites are still 20% to 40% less likely than whites to have confidence in the police. In fact, less than 50% of African-Americans surveyed by Gallup in 2016 had confidence that police officers would treat them fairly.2Think about that. One out of every two African-Americans has a mistrust of law enforcement. This is a national problem in law enforcement that needs to be addressed
December 2016 Issue of the Informer
Please find the December 2016 issue of The Informer. This monthly publication will keep you informed of the very latest developments in case law, statute and rules changes, and provide news and articles of interest and practical import for law enforcement officers and agents.12Informer16(download .pdf)In the December 2016 Informer:Supreme Court PreviewLos Angeles County, CA v. Mendez: Whether the Ninth Circuit's provocation rule conflicts with Graham v. Connor when officers are sued for excessive use of force under 42 U.S.C. 1983.Case SummariesUnited States Supreme CourtShaw v. United States: Whether 18 U.S.C. 1344(1), the bank fraud statute, covers schemes to deprive a bank of money in a customer's account.Circuit Courts of Appeals4th Amendment (Search / Seizure / Detention / Arrest)7th Cir. (Thompson): Whether agents had reasonable suspicion to conduct a Terry stop and a Terry frisk of the defendant, whether the agents conducted a lawful sweep of the defendant's apartment, and the validity of the defendant's consent to search.7th Cir. (Patrick): Whether police officers who obtained a warrant which authorized them to locate the defendant using cell phone data were required to specifically inform the judge how they planned to execute the warrants. 8th Cir. (Craddock): Whether an officer lawfully removed a key fob from the defendant's pocket during a Terry frisk for weapons.8th Cir. (Merrell): Whether officers violated the Fourth Amendment when executing a search warrant tha
99th General Assembly 2016 Spring Session Legislative Update
The 99th General Assembly 2016 Spring Session Legislative Update is designed as a briefing concerning law enforcement and other state agency related legislation. DO NOT take enforcement action based solely upon the description of any new laws or statutory change described herein. Enforcement action should be based upon review and understanding of the actual statutory language contained in the public act or a revised statutory document containing the new laws (Vehicle Code or Criminal Code publication). You are encouraged to view the full public act and all current Compiled Statutes at http://www.ilga.govCompiled by: Illinois State Police - Office of Governmental Affairs 217/ 782-0132 The 56 page update can be found on the Manuals / Major Publicationspage under "Illinois State Police Publications". Click the link, or go to the members tab to locate the page.The page is not restricted.
Outside Training-Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention Webinar
This training is not being presented or endorsed by MTU1. MTU1 does not have any additional information.What We Learned in 2016: Updates from the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention WebinarJanuary 9, 201710:00 am Pacific Time(12:00 pm CT, 1:00 pm ET)Presented by: Casey Gwinn, JD, Gael Strack, JD, and Dr. William Smock Course Description:Strangulation impacts all professionals working on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking cases. Today, we know unequivocally that strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence. Unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes.During this webinar, Casey Gwinn, JD, Gael Strack, JD, and Dr. William Smock will discuss lessons learned, best practices, and resources available for family violence and sexual assault professionals. Subtopics will include: Findings from our survivor focus group New Medical Radiological Evaluation Recommendations from the Medical Advisory Board Best practices for identifying, documenting, investigating, and prosecuting strangulation cases Emerging issues in the field - medical, legal and advocacy trends Implementing new and existing legislation: Moving the dial in 2017Approximately 1.5 Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits are offered with this training, included in the price of registration. Alliance for HOPE International is a California approved provider of MCLE credits for attorneys (Provider #15493). Professionals in states outside o
WSJ Article-Trump Can End the War on Cops
Another installmentin the Heather McDonald series of articles. This one is from the Wall Street JournalThis information is not being presented nor endorsed by MTU1Stop treating police as racist and pushing lower hiring standards as a way to achieve diversity.'By Heather Mac DonaldDonald Trump's promise to restore law and order to America's cities was one of the most powerful themes of his presidential campaign. His capacity to deliver will depend on changing destructive presidential rhetoric about law enforcement and replacing the federal policies that flowed from that rhetoric.The rising violence in many urban areas is driven by what candidate Trump called a "false narrative" about policing. This narrative holds that law enforcement is pervaded by racism, and that we are experiencing an epidemic of racially biased police shootings of black men.Multiple studies have shown that those claims are untrue. If there is a bias in police shootings, it works in favor of blacks and against whites. Yet President Obama has repeatedly accused the police and criminal-justice system of discrimination, lethal and otherwise. During the memorial service for five Dallas police officers gunned down in July by an assassin who reportedly was inspired by Black Lives Matter, Mr. Obama announced that black parents were right to "fear that something terrible may happen when their child walks out the door"-that the child will be fatally shot by a cop.The consequences of such presidential rhetoric are e
Outside Training-FREE Below 100 programs Jan 4 & 5
Outside Training- This training is not presented by MTU1. You must follow the directions below to register for this trainingThe Clinton (IA) Police Department is hosting three FREE Below 100 programs on January 4 and 5, 2017.Two of those programs are the basic 4-hour Intensive course (end user). The third is a special 2-hour Below 100 for Law Enforcement Families program. It is intended for officers to attend with their spouse, significant other, or other adult family member. 2016below100brochure (.pdf)b100-clinton-flier-2017(.pdf)Registrations are being handled by the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center at; https://counterdrugtraining.com/default.aspx/MenuItemID/220/MenuGroup/Left+Menu.htm
Web Workshop- Grant Writing Fundamentals - Finding Opportunities & Writing to Win
This Training is not being presented or endorsed by MTU1. Please register according to the information belowWeb WorkshopGrant Writing Fundamentals - Finding Opportunities & Writing to WinJanuary 26 @ 1:30pmEasternThe International Public Safety Association is holding a 90 minute web-workshop on Thursday, January 26 @ 11:30am Eastern. The IPSA's web-workshop about grant writing fundamentals is for anyone in government or the private sector. The course syllabus includes: Section 1: Grant Writing Overview Getting Started Grant Resources Determining Eligibility Solicitation Rules Forming a Response Team Developing a Response Plan & Schedule Section 2: Writing the Response Common Sections Quality Writing & Citations Good versus Bad Writing/Statements Sustainability Planning Budget Appendices Quality Assurance Submitting on-time Section 3: Peer Review Process Overview Who are Peer Reviewers Quality of Proposals Reviewed Their RecommendationsRegistrationMembers $75.00(USD)Non-Members $100.00(USD)Organizations 20% discountCertificates of Completion All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion.Recording Everyone who registers will have access to the recording for 30 daysRegister here
DHS/Dept. of Mental Health Regional Adult Recovery Support Specialists
STATE OF ILLINOIS REGIONAL AREA SUPPORTDHS/Dept. of Mental Health Regional Adult Recovery Support SpecialistsVirginia Goldrick - 773.794.5680(Region 1-North/Cook County)Virginia.Goldrick@illinois.govMarty Hines - 708.612.4236(Region 1-South/Cook County)Marty.Hines@illinois.govPat Lindquist - 847.742.1040, x2985 (Region 2-East/Elgin)Patricia.Lindquist@illinois.govTom Troe - 309.346.2094(Region 3/Peoria)Thomas.Troe@illinois.govPat Hayes - 217.786.7626(Region 4/Springfield)Patrick.Hayes@illinois.govCindy Mayhew 618.474.3813(Region 5/Metro East)Cindy.Mayhew@illinois.govRhonda Keck 618-833-5161, x2515(Region 5/Southern)Rhonda.Keck@illinois.govADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR SUPPORT:Call the Warm Line: [Not a Crisis Hotline. A Line for Support.](866)-359-7953Monday-Friday, 8am-5pmFrom the main menu, select option #2, then #5 (Interpreters available)For persons with mental health and/or substance use challenges, their families, friends and community membersStaffed by Recovery Support Specialists who live out RECOVERYFor emotional support, self-advocacy education & empowerment, recovery support & referralsCrisis Text Line:Text 741-741 when in a crisisAnywhere, anytime. AnonymouslyFREE to users of AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint & Verizon. Nothing will appear on your billIf you have a plan with a different carrier, standard text message rates applyTo schedule a customized mental health awareness training or find out more information visit our website at visionforchange.net or call (
Still Seats Available for Organizational Accountability class
There are still seats available for the Organizational Accountability class. The registration deadline is NOVEMBER 28, 2016DATE: December 7, 2016TIME: 8:00 AM-4:00 PMLOCATION: Sauk Valley Community College, room 1 J-2, 173 IL. Route 2, Dixon, IL (room TBA)INSTRUCTOR: Charles A. GruberCOURSE content_ Designed for senior command level law enforcement, this presentation focuses on force accountability systems to protect officers and agencies from force liability claims. And more important, systems to correct officer behavior when it is outside the norms of professional policing standards.This course will provide police executives with the tools to develop a comprehensive force management accountability system that: helps to better train, supervise, monitor and discipline its officers.The instruction offers insight to more pro-actively manage force operations, ensure that policies meet lawful and professional police practices, and better understand Deliberate Indifference as it applies to force. It delivers the five steps essential for achieving management accountability to protect officers and agencies from force liability claims, and to correct officer behavior when it is outside the norm of professional policing standards.The Instructor-Charles A. Gruber is a 40-year veteran law enforcement officer and police chief. Chief Gruber has extensive background in police administration and is a recognized expert on police use of force. Since 1999, he has worked as consultant to th
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