Batavia Police Sergeant Awarded Prestigious Scholarship : Sergeant Chris Potthoff “exemplifies the characteristics of what our leadership team looks like,” Chief Shawn Mazza said. [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://patch.com/illinois/batavia/batavia-police-sergeant-awarded-prestigious-scholarship .
Champaign County Sheriff hosting ‘Coffee with a Cop’ Friday [Last Friday: April 21] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://www.wcia.com/news/champaign-county-sheriff-hosting-coffee-with-a-cop-Friday/ .
Chicago cop who faced dismissal over role in violent arrest is suspended for 6 months [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2023/4/20/23692177/chicago-cop-who-faced-dismissal-over-role-in-violent-arrest-is-suspended-for-6-months .
Child go missing in a crowd? Here’s what every parent should do next, according to an expert [Might be a good topic to include in crime prevention presentations. Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://wgntv.com/news/child-go-missing-in-a-crowd-heres-what-every-parent-should-do-next-according-to-an-expert/ .
Cook County sheriff, Uber team up to help domestic violence survivors [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: ttps://omny.fm/shows/wbbmam-on-demand/cook-county-sheriff-uber-team-up-to-help-domestic .
Decatur officers’ shooting ‘not in violation’ of law: Macon County State’s Attorney [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://www.wcia.com/news/macon-county-states-attorney-decatur-officers-shooting-not-in-violation-of-law/ .
Dolton police shoot, kill man they say refused to drop gun outside ex-girlfriend’s home [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://abc7chicago.com/dolton-police-shooting-department-il-illinois-state/13164906/ .
Illinois Police Officer Is Crazy For Standing Knee-Deep In Huge Sinkhole [Dixon. The post is to some degree clickbait, but the point — don’t stand in sinkholes — is worth remembering. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: http://97zokonline.com/dixon-illinois-police-sinkhole/
Interim CPD Supt. Eric Carter to retire after 30 years with department [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-police-superintendent-department-news-search/13160227/
ISP Experiences 10th Scott’s Law Related Crash Of 2023 [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://wgel.com/news/2023/04/isp-experiences-10th-scotts-law-related-crash-of-2023/
Nonprofit, CPD team up to ask parents: ‘Do you know where your kids are?’ [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://www.audacy.com/wbbm780/news/local/nonprofit-cpd-ask-parents-if-they-know-where-their-kids-are .
Police officer, 1 other person transported to hospital after Watseka house fire [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://www.wcia.com/news/police-officer-1-other-person-transported-to-hospital-after-watseka-house-fire/ .
Sandwich to hire temporary police chief after not renewing current chief’s contract [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://www.shawlocal.com/news/2023/04/24/sandwich-to-hire-temporary-police-chief-after-not-renewing-police-chief-contract/ .
Video shows Cook County correctional officer beating inmate ‘more than 30 times’ [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://wgntv.com/news/chicago-news/video-shows-cook-county-correctional-officer-beating-inmate-more-than-30-times/ .
Daily Herald — may require registration . Retired Schaumburg Cop Warns about Ruse Burglaries and how They Can be Prevented [Nice to see John Good sharing his knowledge. But I think Schaumburg is where he lived, not where he worked. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20230419/retired-schaumburg-cop-warns-about-ruse-burglaries-and-how-they-can-be-prevented .
Notes: More advice: https://huntinglife.com/make-your-home-or-cabin-safe-resolutions-for-2023/
From Calibre Press. Cops Are Far From Perfect [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://calibrepress.com/2023/04/cops-are-far-from-perfect .
Yorkville police chief says new station has better facilities for evidence processing and more room to grow [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://www.wspynews.com/news/local/yorkville-police-chief-says-new-station-has-better-facilities-for-evidence-processing-and-more-room/article_6c6ae55c-e053-11ed-99e5-935f988b7f9c.html .
From Law Enforcement Training Advisory Commission, MTU #10 Training Class. Use of Force – De-escalation Techniques July 29, 2023 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Decatur area) [Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://letac.org/images/filelibrary/event_file_641_1-04868891.pdf .
From Law Enforcement Training Advisory Commission, MTU #10 Training Class. Use of Force – Officer Safety July 8, 2023 (Saturday)
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Decatur area) [Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://letac.org/images/filelibrary/event_file_640_1-01892206.pdf .
From Law Enforcement Training Advisory Commission, MTU #10 Training Class. Use of Force – Traffic Stops [ July 30, 2023 (Sunday)
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Decatur area] [Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://letac.org/images/filelibrary/event_file_642_1-09759485.pdf .
Podcasts and Professional Development
From Governing Online. When Americans Are Jailed Abroad [Just FYI. Somebody might ask you about the topic. By the way, there’s an option on the page to listen to the author read the article! SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://www.governing.com/context/when-americans-are-jailed-abroad .
From Lexipol. Train to Retain — Developing Corrections Staff [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://www.lexipol.com/resources/blog/train-to-retain-developing-corrections-staff/ .
From the Office of Justice Programs. New Funding Opportunities From BJA, OJJDP, and OVC | Register for Upcoming Solicitation Webinars [Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOJOJP_COMMS/bulletins/35505d7 .
From the YourPoliceWrite blog. Driving While Impaired [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://www.yourpolicewrite.com/2023/04/24/driving-while-impaired/ .
From the YourPoliceWrite blog. Your Friday Quiz [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://www.yourpolicewrite.com/2023/04/21/your-friday-quiz-30/ .
Lexipol Webinar. Building a Solid Financial Foundation to Protect Your Family : Thursday, May 4, 2023 | 1 pm Eastern [60 minutes] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://info.lexipol.com/webinar-building-a-solid-financial-foundation .
NIJ Webinar. LOW PROSECUTION RATES IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES: CAN WE MAKE SUSTAINABLE IMPROVEMENTS? (Tuesday, April 25, 2023 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern — Duration: 1 hour. FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://forensiccoe.org/webinar-2023-saam-prosecution-rates/ .
On the Art of Manliness Podcast. Anxiety Is a Habit — Here’s How to Break It [A rebroadcast of an episode from about a year ago, but a good topic to examine. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://the-art-of-manliness.simplecast.com/episodes/rebroadcast-anxiety-is-a-habit-how-to-break-it-snXlUdtr .
On the Art of Manliness Podcast. The Golden Rules of Success [The guest started out as a music student, realized he liked to coach swimmers better, and was noted as the coach of Michael Phelps. The information on achieving success the interview presents might be best suited to coaches or mentors. I like the fact that he includes reflections on what to do after success is achieved! SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://the-art-of-manliness.simplecast.com/episodes/the-golden-rules-of-success-GjOiOJg5 .
On the Art of Manliness Podcast. The Power of Keeping Your Mouth Shut in a World That Won’t Stop Talking [Some observations about how Social Media is designed to make users angry enough to keep engaging were startling. The reasons people overtalk (or undertalk) could prove useful during interactions, too. And I found myself rebuked, too. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://the-art-of-manliness.simplecast.com/episodes/keep-mouth-shut-FtWRLo79
On the Art of Manliness Podcast. The Science of a Better Daily Routine [I need this one! The information about sleep inertia was a explained a lot for me. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://the-art-of-manliness.simplecast.com/episodes/the-science-of-a-better-daily-routine-KRlxz2q9 .
Notes: The book (Farrimond Stuart. Live Your Best Life : 219 Science-Based Reasons to Rethink Your Daily Routine. First American ed. DK Publishing 2020) is available at these libraries: https://worldcat.org/en/title/1141153543 .
On the Badge Boys Podcast. Author Scott Medlin helps rookie police officers stay safe, healthy and perform great with 101 useful tips. [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://starworldwidenetworks.com/episodes/author-scott-medlin-helps-rookie-police-officers-stay-safe-healthy-and-perform-great-with-101-useful-tips .
Notes: No libraries admit to owning the guest’s latest book. Here’s its Amazon link: 101 Useful Tips For Rookie Police Officers: Be Safe, Stay Healthy, Perform Great https://a.co/d/6cUdKeB
On the Game of Crime Podcast. Ken Croke Takes Down the Pagan Outlaw Motorcycle Gang [a 2-part interview, but both parts are linked here. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://gameofcrimespodcast.com/ken-croke-takes-down-the-pagans-outlaw-motorcycle-gang/ .
Notes: Here’s a link to an earlier appearance of the guest: On the True Murder Podcast. RIDING WITH EVIL-Ken Croke [The guest was an ATF agent who successfully infiltrated the Pagan Motorcycle Club. The anecdotes he relates here certainly make the book sound exciting! SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 12-5-2022. Available at: https://www.spreaker.com/user/danzupansky1/riding-with-evil-ft-ken-croke .
Notes: These libraries own the book: Croke Ken and Dave Wedge. Riding with Evil : Taking Down the Notorious Pagan Motorcycle Gang. First ed. William Morrow an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 2022. https://worldcat.org/en/title/1295139895
On the Justice Today Podcast. Building more Reliable Forensic Science (Pt. 1) [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://justicetoday.buzzsprout.com/1861872/12478941-building-more-reliable-forensic-sciences-part-one .
Notes: The podcast is a sort of a progress report in response to this 2009 report (National Research Council (U.S.). Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States : A Path Forward. National Academies Press 2009.), which is available at these libraries: https://worldcat.org/en/title/317068125 Here is Part 2: https://justicetoday.buzzsprout.com/1861872/12588098-building-more-reliable-forensic-sciences-part-two
On the Law Enforcement Today Podcast. Skinheads, a Brutal Murder and Hate Crime that was committed by members of his California household. Special Episode. [The biggest takeaway from this episode is the dedication of homicide detectives. The guest also talks about how he became an author, which might be inspirational. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://omny.fm/shows/law-enforcement-today/skinheads-a-brutal-murder-and-hate-crime-that-was .
Notes: Danny Smith’s memoir (Smith Danny R. Nothing Left to Prove : A Law Enforcement Memoir. Dickie Floyd Novels 2021) is available at these libraries: https://worldcat.org/en/title/1282637527 .
On the Policing Matters Podcast. Frank Falzon on the path to catching the Night Stalker [Although the podcast’s focus is not true crime, some stories are just too interesting to pass up. As it turns out the interview is a brief introduction to his book. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://policingmatters.podbean.com/e/frank-falzon-on-the-path-to-catching-the-night-stalker/ .
Notes: The podcast ends with information about where to buy a copy of the guest’s book. If you would like to borrow a copy of the book (Falzon Frank and Duffy Jennings. San Francisco Homicide Inspector 5-Henry-7 : My Inside Story of the Night Stalker Case City Hall Murders Zebra Killings Chinatown Gang Wars and a City Under Siege. First ed. Palmetto Publishing 2022.) from the library, it is available at these: https://worldcat.org/en/title/1352947725
On the Street Cop Podcast. Become a Leader Worth Following with Jon S. Rennie [The guest started out as one of the commanders of a submarine, then worked for a number of manufacturing companies. He was successful through applying what he learned while he was on the submarine. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://anchor.fm/street-cop-podcast/episodes/Episode-677-Become-a-Leader-Worth-Following-with-Jon-S–Rennie-e1m8cus .
Notes: All the talk about submarines reminded me of The Seven Rules of Admiral Hyman Rickover: https://www.lexipol.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Gordon-Graham-ATA-General-Session.pdf . And if you are interested in the guest’s book [Rennie Jon S and John Brubaker. I Have the Watch : Becoming a Leader Worth Following. Jon S. Rennie 2019.] is available at these libraries: https://worldcat.org/en/title/1137324400 . The turnabout episode, on which Dennis Benigno appears on Jon Rennie’s podcast, to talk about the origins and philosophy of his business is available here: https://anchor.fm/street-cop-podcast/episodes/Episode-731-Making-an-Impact-with-Dennis-Benigno–Deep-Leadership-Podcast-e1rg3ov
On the Street Cop Podcast. Building Morale Outside of the Job with Dan Foster: Guests Mike Arena and Larry Bolchune [How can police officers, with unsociable schedules, socialize? The group talk about the importance of cross-rank socializing, though they don’t give a lot of ideas about how to do it. But it’s a start. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/street-cop-podcast/episodes/Episode-807-Building-Morale-Outside-of-the-Job-with-Dan-Foster–Mike-Arena–Larry-Bolchune-e21j96d .
On the Street Cop Podcast. Culture is Everything with Landon Rappold [The guest advocates for improving the culture of he police department: for supervisors to stand up for the officers. He starts out by saying that the perceived anti-police sentiment is media-generated, and local communities like their police. Toxic supervisors, he argues, is the result of lack of documentation, but needs to be addressed. Although there is a lot of complaining about posturing leaders that I initially thought of mere venting, it dawned on me that hearing how leaders look to the staff can be personally challenging. After all, it’s important to know how one looks to others, and nobody would tell people these things to their faces, Circumspect listeners might recognize some of their own inappropriate behaviors from descriptions of other people.. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://anchor.fm/street-cop-podcast/episodes/Episode-796-Culture-is-Everything-with-Landon-Rappold-e20hq97 .
On the Street Cop Podcast. Not Everyone is Meant to Lead with Lt- Kory Flowers [“What is life like for those under my authority” is the guest’s guiding question. The importance of staff evaluations — of supervisors being evaluated by the supervised — is discussed, as is the importance of getting the right people into the right positions. The best foundation for leadership, they point out, is courage. However, there is much kvetching and f-bomb strafes. SLC]. [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/street-cop-podcast/episodes/Episode-809-Not-Everyone-is-Meant-to-Lead-with-Lt–Kory-Flowers-e21pvhd .
On the Street Cop Podcast. Resilience in the Face of Adversity with Matias Ferreira [The guest lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan, yet he was able to become a police officer. He describes his experiences. (Just so you know, there are a lot of f-bombs in the conversation.) SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://anchor.fm/street-cop-podcast/episodes/Episode-788-Resilience-in-the-Face-of-Adversity-with-Matias-Ferreira—Americas-First-Active-Double-Amuptee-LEO-e200gg1 .
On the Street Cop Podcast. Stopping Crime on Our Roadways with Brian Konopka [The guest works in contraband interdiction. What got him so interested in interdiction was the recognition that both terrorist attacks on New York were funded through cigarette smuggling. Much of the interview, however, is about the importance of officers’ knowing case law in their state. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://anchor.fm/street-cop-podcast/episodes/Episode-794-Stopping-Crime-on-Our-Roadways-with-Brian-Konopka-e20dhdi .
On the Within the Trenches Podcast. Emily, CTO with Cobb County 911, GA. [Her life story could be a great inspiration for anyone interested in dispatching. She “fell” into dispatching, because being thrown from a horse put her on the path to be a dispatcher. She was also effectively deaf for much of her life (due to ear infections), and how she has been working through her challenges. She may not have much to say about the work, but what a backstory! One of her last stories shows the importance of giving dispatchers closure on calls. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://withinthetrenches.libsyn.com/within-the-trenches-ep-487 .
On the Within the Trenches Podcast. Theresa 9-1-1 dispatcher, CTO w/Cobb Co 9-1-1, GA, and Author [Sis is also a former Girl (and Boy, and Cub) Scout leader, ans a current reptile/spider collector. Her dispatcher career began at 10, so her learning methods were different from those who started the job in their youth. She also point sou how dispatchers can tell officers’ mental state by their responses, and how relaying such critical information to supervisors can save lives. SLC]
Note: The guest’s children’s book about when to call 911 (and when NOT to call) is Can I call 911 NOW? https://a.co/d/iAWAXPh . [Web Page]. Accessed 4-24-2023. Available at: https://withinthetrenches.libsyn.com/within-the-trenches-ep-469 .