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Leadership and Innovation in Criminal Justice

In cooperation with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Center for Court Innovation conducted a national survey on Leadership and Innovation in Criminal Justice. The survey participants included more than 600 senior agency leaders including police chiefs, prosecutors, community corrections and juvenile justice officials, chief judges, and state court administrators. Participants were asked to define innovation, identify their use of evidence-based practices, experience with trial and error, and their response to failure.

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The PEW Charitable Trusts: After the Fact

The PEW Charitable Trusts conducted a podcast “After the Fact” that examined reforms in 33 states that helped cut imprisonment 33% while improving public safety. The podcast reviews the increasing prison population from the early 1970s to its peak about 10 years ago. It also addresses dollars saved and significant reforms to sentencing and corrections policies. The PEW Charitable Trust website has a detailed breakdown of the podcast, plus links to the 33 states it works with (including Illinois). For more information and to listen to the podcast, visit the PEW Charitable Trust website.

PICM Research Project

The ILETSB Executive Institute is conducting a research project on Police Interactions with Community Members (PICM). The purpose of this project is to gain a better understanding of characteristics and behaviors that are important in interacting with community members.

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Police Perceptions of Research and Empirically-Based Practices Research Project

The ILETSB Executive Institute (ILETSBEI) is conducting a research project on Police Perceptions of Research and Empirically-Based Practices. The purpose of this project is to gain a better understanding of law enforcement officers’ perceptions of research and research-based police practices in the state of Illinois.

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ILETSB Executive Institute Jail Consolidation Report

In 2016, the ILETSB Executive Institute was asked to conduct research on the benefits and costs of jail consolidation. The report contains information on organizational arrangement, specific case studies of consolidation success and failures, common themes related to considerations of jail consolidation issues, and recommendations for moving forward. The appendices mentioned in the report are lengthy so are not included here but if interested in obtaining these or for more information on the report, please contact Joanne Kurt-Hilditch at j-kurt-hilditch@wiu.edu.

ILETSB Executive Institute Jail Consolidation Report

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Executive Institute August Newsletter

This edition of ILETSBEI news features the Professional Standards Investigations: The Value of Independence and Transparency article written by Debra Kirby. The article discusses topics such as public opinion, public expectations for transparency and independent investigations, critical questions to ask, and more! The newsletter also includes an article written by Will Rogers, who is the first leadership fellow with the Executive Institute. Additionally, there are a variety of grant opportunities available and The Leadership Fellow program at the Executive Institute.

Furthermore, upcoming event information for the Illinois Problem-Oriented Policing Conference and a save the date for the 2018 Women in Criminal Justice Conference are included. There is also a summary of the 2017 Crisis Intervention Training Conference.

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Homeland Security Newsletter

In addition to the bi-monthly newsletter, ILETSBEI would like to announce the launch of our Center for Homeland Security Newsletter (CHS). The newsletter is guided by the mission, vision, and core values of the ILETSB Executive Institute and its activities. The CHS newsletter will also be bi-monthly and will highlight topics relevant to the Homeland Security field. Please visit our Center for Homeland Security Leadership to download the latest newsletter.

If you would like to submit an article for the newsletter or the CHS newsletter, forward information to Research Associate, Graduate Assistant, Anna Balek (a-balek@wiu.edu), or call ILETSB Executive Institute at 309-298-2646 for more information.

The Leadership Fellow: A Visiting Fellow Program

The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) Executive Institute announces The Leadership Fellow: A Visiting Fellow Program that allows law enforcement leaders to immerse themselves in a collaborative environment of training development, technical assistance, and research.

The ILETSB Executive Institute Leadership Fellow program creates a collaborative working relationship among the Fellow, the Executive Institute, the home agency, and other criminal justice professionals throughout the state of Illinois. The Fellow will gain a broader understanding and knowledge of training and standards at the state level while gaining valuable leadership tools and guidance to take back to his or her home agency.

The duration of the fellowship is approximately three to six months depending on the goals of the Fellow and the projects determined within the fellowship plan. The timeframe will be agreed upon by the Executive Institute and the home agency and may be flexible based on the magnitude of projects and potential goals.

To learn more about The Leadership Fellow, click here for a brochure with more details and the application process. Please contact Dr. Joanne Kurt-Hilditch via email at j-kurt-hilditch@wiu.edu for further information.

School and Campus Safety

The Illinois School and Campus Safety program provides awareness and preparedness training to enhance organizational capacity to plan for, respond to, and recover from an emergency or disaster.

Through communication and collaboration with all stakeholders, schools and campuses have the opportunity to be better prepared in the event of a disaster. Keeping our schools and campuses safe requires communication and collaboration on the part of administrators; faculty and staff; first responders including police, fire, and EMS; and many other entities. Coordinating your safety plan with the help of all stakeholders lays the groundwork for organized response.

Click here for a complete list of training courses available at no cost.

This issue of School & Campus Safety News features the article "Heat Safety Preparedness: Playing it Safe with Heat Exposure," which discusses preventing, recognizing, and responding to heat-related illnesses. "Gearing Up for Back to School Safety" highlights back to school safety concerns and provides links to resources so that schools may address them, including information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Association for Pupil Transportation, the National Safety Council, and more. Additionally, the article "Preventing Hazing, Hyponatremia, and Heartbreack" provides considerations to help prevent hazing and includes links to hazing prevention resources at the hazingprevention.org and stophazing.org websites.

This issue also features information on scheduled K-12 and Higher Education safety courses, a list of upcoming conferences, and additional resources on heat safety.

We hope you enjoy this issue of School & Campus Safety News and we look forward to providing pertinent safety information in the future.

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