Local Police News: August 23, 2021

August 23, 2021

12 police officers receive Medal of Valor for work in solving murder of 5-year-old Andrew Freund in Crystal Lake [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2021/08/16/12-police-officers-receive-medal-of-valor-for-work-in-solving-murder-of-5-year-old-andrew-freund-in-crystal-lake/?fbclid=IwAR29Sv6lozXyMSikw44SW3-6rMO3gkCt-h1D8dlPezLMKe_3x9oeD_ooo4Y.

5-year-old uses lemonade stand to ‘share kindness’ in honor of Officer Ella French [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://wgntv.com/news/chicago-news/5-year-old-uses-lemonade-stand-to-share-kindness-in-honor-of-officer-ella-french/.

Area Police Agencies to Participate in ‘Coffee for Champions’ Friday [Last Friday:  I apologize for the delay in mentioning it.  I hope the agencies that participated did well!  Say, if your agency plans any such fundraisers, or local events, please do let me know.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://www.wspynews.com/news/local/area-police-agencies-to-participate-in-coffee-for-champions-friday/article_657d2fd6-febc-11eb-a454-6752aec5009d.html.

Aurora Civilian Review Board Holds First Meeting, Will Review Complaints Against Police [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/08/20/aurora-civilian-review-board-police-oversight-first-public-meeting/.

Charges filed against man in officer’s vehicular death [Brooklyn Police Officer Brian Pierce Jr.,] [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Charges-filed-against-man-in-officer-s-16401560.php.

Chicago Police Officer Carlos Yanez Jr. Transferred To Rehab, After Being Left Paralyzed In Shooting That Also Killed Officer Ella French [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/08/23/chicago-police-officer-carlos-yanez-jr-moved-to-rehab-shooting-officer-ella-french/.

Chris Oberheim Memorial Highway proposed in Decatur [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://herald-review.com/news/local/public_safety/chris-oberheim-memorial-highway-proposed-in-decatur/article_d902f9f5-195f-5e6b-8c3a-f2bdb1723549.html.

COVID outbreak shuts down police department in Illinois [Venice, ILL] [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://www.wcia.com/news/covid-outbreak-shuts-down-police-department-in-illinois/.

Crime & Delinquency- Volume: 67, Number: 11 (October 2021)  Table of Contents [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/cadc/67/11 .

Deputy Chief Wrote Fake Tickets To Up His Pay: Prosecutors : Vernon Hills Police Department deputy chief Patrick Zimmerman pleaded guilty to theft and can no longer work as an officer in Illinois. [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://patch.com/illinois/grayslake/s/hqkpg/cop-wrote-out-fake-tickets-to-up-his-pay-prosecutors?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert.

Elgin cops use SWAT vehicle to raise bucks for Special Olympics in Coffee for Champions event [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/ct-ecn-elgin-cop-rooftop-special-olympics-st-0822-20210820-djygdpuklnfntdskoqjyjg36hm-story.html#ed=rss_www.chicagotribune.com/arcio/rss/category/suburbs/.

From Ancel Glink’s Municipal Minute blog. PAC Determines Names of Residents Who Received Parking “Exceptions” Are Releasable [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: http://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2021/08/pac-determines-names-of-residents-who.html.

From the Calibre Press Blog. Purge the Thin Blue Line, No Matter the Truth or Consequences [By the way, has anoyne ever name the bigot groups that are said to use that emblem?  I’ve never heard any specific ones named.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://calibrepress.com/2021/08/purge-the-thin-blue-line-no-matter-the-truth-or-consequences/.

Kendall County Sheriff’s Office Recognizes Program Graduates [“The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office is recognizing three inmates who graduated recently from the ‘Best Start for Families’ program.”  The fact of this program, and the news of its successes is good to know about.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://www.wspynews.com/news/local/kendall-county-sheriffs-office-recognizes-program-graduates/article_07e0c0a2-01d9-11ec-a15e-5783d5769265.html.

Man Charged With Striking Two Officers With His Vehicle During Englewood Traffic Stop [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/08/18/jermaine-little-charged-attempted-murder-chicago-police-officers-struck-by-vehicle-englewood-traffic-stop/.

On the AARP’s Perfect Scam Podcast. “The Original Internet Godfather” teams up with Bob Sullivan to discuss cryptocurrency dangers, gift card scams and how to stay safe online [“Trust, but verify” is the essence of safety from scams.  The guest gives some useful background on how scammers use information they collect.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://www.aarp.org/podcasts/the-perfect-scam/info-2021/brett-johnson.html  .

On the Badge Boys Podcast. Cmdr Rizzo wrote Copikaze to help officers survive a career in law enforcement and to help citizens understand what it takes to be a police officer [About halfway through, he observes that departments will adopt military equipment, but not its core values that support the officers themselves: mutual support (And when he brought this up, I nearly fell over, because inter-officer kindness was one training request I never found any material on!)  He gets off another bon mot:  “We train dogs, We develop people.”  The book is not yet at any libraries, but here’s its Amazon link: /Copikaze: A Crucible to Manage Mission Impossible/ (Thomas Rizzo) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578904993/  [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://starworldwidenetworks.com/episodes/cmdr-rizzo-wrote-copikaze-to-help-officers-survive-a-career-in-law-enforcement-and-to-help-citizens-understand-what-it-takes-to-be-a-police-officer.

On the Cops and Writers Podcast. Today’s show takes us into the “real” Chicago P.D. with retired Detective Lieutenant Richard Rybicki! [A long, nostalgic chat about Chicago policing in the 1980s.  The podcast itself could be good to know about if you hae aspirations for writing stories, though.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://www.copsandwriters.com/podcast-1/episode/4a09dd59/030-detective-lieutenant-richard-rybicki-takes-us-into-the-real-chicago-pd.

On the Disaster Podcast. Covid, Climate, and Weather Preparedness [The background on the behavior of the Delta variant interested me.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://disasterpodcast.com/2021/08/covid-climate-and-weather-preparedness/.

On the Line of Duty Podcast. Podcast: Thumbs Up To The Passenger-Side Approach [The host has some fun with sound effects, but his comments are worth considering.  They reminded me of that great footage in that grand traffic stop video /Your Vest Won’t Stop This Bullet/, in which an officer has no sooner finished explaining to a driver that he has bought her to the passenger side of  her vehicle to prevent injury in case the car is hit, when some truck hits the car.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://lineofduty.com/podcast-thumbs-up-to-the-passenger-side-approach/.

On the Public Safety Innovators Podcast. How To Translate Your Law Enforcement Experience Into Business Skills [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://podcasts.bcast.fm/e/pnmpjlq8 .

Posting a Back-to-School Photo on Social Media? Read This First, Police Say : Five things to watch out for before posting first-day-of-school photos of your child on social media. [Just FYI.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/posting-a-back-to-school-photo-on-social-media-read-this-first-police-say/2594776/.

Rockford names new police, fire chief. Both are women  [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: http://rockrivertimes.com/2021/08/23/rockford-names-new-police-fire-chief-both-are-women/ .

Run to Remember aims to help families of Chicago police officers injured, killed in line of duty  [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://abc7chicago.com/run-to-remember-chicago-police-officer-shot-killed/10967962/.

Step Up And Give Back Volunteers Give 200 Gift Bags To First Responders [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/08/22/step-up-and-give-back-first-responder-gift-bags/.

A tale of two metros: Several law enforcement agencies struggle to hire, while others manage to retain officers [Champaign and Springfield] [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://www.wcia.com/news/target3/a-tale-of-two-metros-several-law-enforcement-agencies-struggle-to-hire-while-others-manage-to-retain-officers/.

‘Thank you’: CPD officer critically wounded in Ella French’s deadly shooting releases video [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://wgntv.com/news/chicago-news/thank-you-cpd-officer-critically-wounded-in-ella-frenchs-deadly-shooting-releases-video/.

Thousands gather for funeral for Officer Ella French [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://wgntv.com/news/funeral-to-be-held-thursday-for-fallen-cpd-officer-ella-french/.

The University of Illinois Police Department mourns the loss of a police lieutenant after fatal traffic crash [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://www.wandtv.com/news/the-university-of-illinois-police-department-mourns-the-loss-of-a-police-lieutenant-after-fatal/article_8b61c76c-042e-11ec-b380-a3d7f0de36eb.html.

Urbana Police revise [use of force] policy to reduce structural biases and build trust with community [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://www.wcia.com/news/urbana-police-revise-policy-to-reduce-structural-biases-and-build-trust-with-community/.

Via AELE. Technology Seminar for Public Safety: OCTOBER 25-26, 2021–Las Vegas, Nevada [It’s also available on-demand.  Thanks to George Grave for pointing this out. [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://www.aele.org/technology-seminar-for-public-safety.html .

Via the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.  ICJIA Now Hiring! [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: http://www.icjia.state.il.us/news/icjia-now-hiring-aug-2021-1 .

Via the SCCJA Daily Clips, and Police1. From punji pits to pipe bombs: Booby trap awareness for law enforcement [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://www.police1.com/police-training/articles/from-punji-pits-to-pipe-bombs-booby-trap-awareness-for-law-enforcement-aGVZpHrE3JqPxkbl/ .

Villa Grove Police Chief: Officer involved in crash that left pedestrian hurt [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://www.wcia.com/news/villa-grove-police-chief-officer-involved-in-crash-that-left-pedestrian-hurt/.

Village of Frankfort Approves New Police Chief {Sergeant Leanne Bender-Chelepis) [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://www.wjol.com/village-of-frankfort-approves-new-police-chief/.

‘We Have Your Back:’ West Lawn Neighbors Turn Out To Show Support For Police Officers, Particularly In Wake Of Murder Of Officer Ella French [Web Page].  Accessed 8-23-2021. Available at: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/08/17/west-lawn-neighbors-support-chicago-police-officers/.


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