Do You Know the Boundaries Under Garrity?

Garrity Use Immunity: A Guide for Investigators

Public Agency Training Council (PATC) articles 

By Richard E. Lober, J.D.

A statement of a public employee and evidence derived from any statement cannot be used against that employee in a criminal prosecution when the statement is taken under threat of potential termination of employment.  Such a statement is considered “coerced” under the 5th/14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Garrity v. New Jersey, 385 U.S. 493 (1967).

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Public Viewing of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope

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Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope

This documentary chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

Learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and its impact on your world.

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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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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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Clock starts Soon for Mandated Training Deadline: Trauma-Informed Responses & Investigations of Sexual Assault & Sexual Abuse
Effective January 1, 2017. Trauma-informed responses and investigations of sexual assault and sexual abuse. All Law enforcement officers must receive in-service training on these topics within three years of the effective date of the act (January 1, 2017), and again every three years, thereafter. Law enforcement investigators who conduct sexual assault investigations must receive specialized in-service training on these topics within 2 two years of the act, and again every three years, thereafter. (PA 99-0801)ALSO, Section 15. Sexual assault incident policies.(a) On or before January 1, 2018, every law enforcement agency shall develop, adopt, and implement written policies regarding procedures for incidents of sexual assault or sexual abuse consistent with the guidelines developed under subsection (b) of this Section. In developing these policies, each law enforcement agency is encouraged to consult with other law enforcement agencies, sexual assault advocates, and sexual assault nurse examiners with expertise in recognizing and handling sexual assault and sexual abuse incidents. These policies must include mandatory sexual assault and sexual abuse response training as required in Section 10.19 of the Illinois Police Training Act and Sections 2605-53 and 2605-98 of the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.(b) On or before July 1, 2017, the Office of the Attorney General, in consultation with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standard

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September 2016 issue of The Informer
September 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.9informer16 (.pdf)In the September 2016 Informer:Case Summaries:Circuit Courts of Appeals:4th Amendment (Search / Seizure / Arrest) 1st Cir. (Young): Whether officers violated the Fourth Amendment when they entered Coleman's apartment to arrest the defendant on an outstanding warrant. 2nd Cir. (Caraballo): Whether exigent circumstances justified the pinging of the defendant's cell phone to determine his location. 2nd Cir. (Cunningham): Whether officers established reasonable suspicion to support the warrantless frisk of the defendant's car for weapons. 6th Cir. (Doxey): Whether warrantless search of a parolee was supported by reasonable suspicion, and the reasonableness of the search. 7th Cir. (Caira): Whether the defendant had a reasonable expectation of privacy in his IP address when he logged on to his computer and accessed his Hotmail account. 8th Cir. (Zamora): Whether officers exceeded the scope of a consent search, and whether officers were justified in drilling into the defendant's car to reach a hidden compartment. 8th Cir. (Faler): Whether officers received implied consent to enter an apartment which eventually led to the defendant's arrest and the seizure of evidence from his backpack. 8th Cir. (Fields): Whet

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Video-The Importance of Respect & Community In The Law Enforcement Profession "Chip" Huth - Police Captain + SWAT Team Commander + AuthorIn this powerful WINx talk Captain Charles Huth talk about the importance of respect and community in the law enforcement profession. For more information about WINx and to get information about our next event please visit

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Article- Community Starts at Home
Respectful, civil relations with outside communities are necessarily a reflection of internal valuesBy Brian Willis| Aug 12, 2016 Community begins with--YOU!

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After-Action Assessment of the Police Response to the August 2014 Demonstrations in Ferguson, MO
Below is an excerpt from the Executive Summary of the After-Action Assessment of the Police Response to the August 2014 Demonstrations in Ferguson, MO. Click here for the full report REPORTEXECUTIVE SUMMARY (Excerpt)On Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 12:02 p.m., CDT, in the street near 2947 Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown following a law enforcement encounter. There were significant reactions to the shooting, especially with the delay in releasing information about the incident. More broadly, the relationship between law enforcement and the communities of color in St. Louis County were extremely strained. Lawful public demonstrations (see the glossary of operational definitions) as well as unlawful activities, rioting, and encounters with the police occurred. Beginning with the initial police response at the homicide scene, police actions were questioned and criticized by the public. The criticism was immediate, explicit, and vocal, and it was amplified by social media and national news coverage. .......The team members cooperatively worked to develop the findings and lessons learned that are presented in this report.In virtually any type of assessment, themes will emerge. This project was no exception. The assessment team concluded that six themes permeated all aspects of the police response and will be covered throughout the report: 1. Inconsistent leadership. Inconsistency in direction, incident

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