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Center for Homeland Security Leadership

To improve our effectiveness in addressing and responding to overall issues and concerns of homeland security, we must strengthen local leadership. To this end, the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute created the Center for Homeland Security Leadership to serve the command and executive public safety leaders within Illinois. The mission of the Center for Homeland Security Leadership is to enhance the knowledge and understanding of homeland security for today's public safety leaders through innovative education, training, publications, and services to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from homeland security incidents.

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Homeland Security Grant

Funding for homeland security workshops and state or federally sponsored courses is dependent on available funding from the Illinois Terrorism Task Force. Requests must be submitted to the ILETSB Executive Institute no later than 30 days prior to the event.

Issues regarding the HSG form shall be addressed to Cindi Bricker at (309)298-2646 or by email at

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Homeland Security Grant Request Form

Homeland Security Newsletter

The June 2017 Center for Homeland Security Leadership (CHSL) newsletter addresses issues related to terror threats against police. Written by Dean C. Alexander, the article reviews issues of potential statewide terror attacks against the police. This issue also includes information about the recently created Office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) by the Department of Homeland Security.

May 15th was Peace Officers Memorial Day which occurred during Police Week, May 14th through May 20th. This week honored all police officers who protect and serve our communities every day. Other information include emergency management issues of major flooding across the U.S. especially Illinois; mental health and law enforcement; and the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21st. Announcements for the upcoming 2017 Inaugural Illinois CIT Conference and the call for presentations for the 2017 Illinois POP Conference can also be found in the 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 (, or call ILETSB Executive Institute at 309-298-2646 for more information.

Download the Center for Homeland Security Newsletter

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.

Cyber Incident Reporting

Cyber threats from malicious actors are a growing concern across the United States. Voluntary sharing of incident information between state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) law enforcement and the federal government is important to ensuring a safe and secure cyberspace. This document details different ways SLTT law enforcement partners can report suspected or confirmed cyber incidents to the federal government. No matter which "door" SLTT law enforcement uses, information is shared within the federal government to provide an appropriate response while protecting citizens' privacy and civil liberties under the law.

Department of Homeland Security, Law Enforcement Cyber Incident Reporting


Homeland Security Agencies

Illinois Terrorism Task Force IEMA - Illinois Emergency Management Agency Illinois Volunteers Citizen Corps Illinois State Police
Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal Illinois State Agencies American Red Cross Alert Chicago - Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed
CERT - Community Emergency Response Team FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency U.S. Department of Homeland Security Illinois Emergency Services Management Association Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System