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Executive Issues

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.

Law Enforcement Leaders

In February 2017, Ronal Serpas and David Brown of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration set out an agenda for the new presidential administration. The paper Fighting Crime and Strengthening Criminal Justice: An Agenda for the New Administration addresses several issues for reform, including prioritizing resources to combat violent crime, reducing unnecessary incarceration, increasing mental health and drug treatment, and other key topics. Read the full report here and visit the website at lawenforcementleaders.org.

Note: The opinions expressed in this paper are the authors' own and do not necessarily reflect the view of the ILETSB Executive Institute.

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 February Newsletter

This edition of ILETSBEI news features "Domestic Extremist Threats Face the Trump Admin," by Dean Alexander. The newsletter also includes articles on Teen Dating Violence Awareness month, recent protests around the country, and the recent travel ban instituted by President Trump. Additionally, there are a variety of grant opportunities available and The Leadership Fellow program at the Executive Institute.

Furthermore, upcoming event information for the 2017 calendar year including numerous School and Campus Safety courses, Police Executive Role in the 21st Century, Violence Against Women trainings, Effective Police Supervision, and New Chiefs’ Orientation. Also, an introduction to two new staff members at the Executive Institute, Anna Balek and Darrell McCree.

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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 "Moving Beyond Fear and Divisiveness to Promote Diversity." The article highlights rhetorical strategies that can be used to create a positive school climate and an informed student body in order to combat bullying and divisiveness.

"Looking at School Bullying Statistics" discusses the various data in the newly released Student Reports of Bullying: Results from the 2015 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, and also provides a link to the report.

This issue also features an article on the student-focused preparedness program ReadyCampus, an article and resources on severe weather preparedness, information on upcoming K-12 and Higher Education safety courses, and a list of upcoming conferences.

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

Click here to view the February 2017 issue

2017 Illinois Problem-Oriented Policing Conference

The 2017 Illinois Problem-Oriented Policing Conference will be held September 21 - 22, 2017 in East Peoria, Illinois at the Embassy Suites Hotel. The Call for Presentations is currently available for individuals, agencies, and other interested parties for breakout sessions at the POP conference. Presentations are due via the online submission process no later than June 1, 2017. Information for registration for the POP conference will be coming soon.

If you have questions about the conference or the Call for Presentations please contact Joanne Kurt-Hilditch at j-kurt-hilditch@wiu.edu

Call for Presentations (pdf)

2017 Inaugural CIT Conference

The ILETSB and the ILETSB Executive Institute is pleased to announce the Inaugural Statewide CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Conference to be held July 19 - 20, 2017 at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Keynote speakers include Sam Cochran, CIT International Board of Directors Co-Chair and Paton Blough, Motivational Speaker and CIT Trainer and Founder of Rehinge.

Check back soon and watch your email for more details and registration information.

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