Local Police News; May 15, 2023

May 17, 2023

Honor Illinois’s Fallen. …all person or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff in honor and remembrance of:
Chicago Police Officer Areanah M. Preston of Chicago Police Department
Sunrise on Thursday, May 11, 2023, to Sunset on
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: https://www.illinois.gov/news/press-release.26454.html

Funeral Wednesday for Chicago Police Officer Aréanah Preston
[“Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. [May 16] at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home in Oak Lawn,”] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://chicago.suntimes.com/2023/5/15/23724057/funeral-arrangements-set-for-chicago-police-officer-areanah-preston  .

[“Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. [May 16] at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home in Oak Lawn,”] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://chicago.suntimes.com/2023/5/15/23724057/funeral-arrangements-set-for-chicago-police-officer-areanah-preston   .

Fallen CPD Officer Areanah Preston honored at Loyola graduation [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://wgntv.com/news/chicagocrime/fallen-cpd-officer-areanah-preston-honored-at-loyola-graduation/  .

Timeline of crime spree that ended with shooting death of Chicago police officer: prosecutors  [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: https://abc7chicago.com/areanah-preston-chicago-police-officer-killed-loyola-university/13234271/ .

Notes: Also, Balloon release held at vigil for CPD officer Aréanah Preston https://wgntv.com/news/chicago-news/balloon-release-held-at-vigil-for-cpd-officer-areanah-preston/

4 people, all with extensive juvenile criminal backgrounds, killed off-duty Chicago cop during armed robbery: prosecutors  http://cwbchicago.com/2023/05/four-people-extensive-juvenile-criminal-backgrounds-killed-robbed-chicago-police-officer.html

Chicago off-duty officer, 33, found dead inside her home on West Side  [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://wgntv.com/news/chicago-news/chicago-off-duty-officer-33-found-dead-inside-her-home-on-west-side/

Chicago police officer injured after SUV flips at West Side intersection: fire officials  [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://abc7chicago.com/chicago-police-officer-car-crash-news/13235342/   .

Funds being raised for Lake in the Hills police officer recovering after surgery on brain tumor [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2023/05/13/funds-being-raised-for-lake-in-the-hills-police-officer-recovering-after-surgery-on-brain-tumor/  .

GRAPHIC CONTENT – ISP releases video of May 9th I-64 deadly shooting in Jefferson County  [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.wsiltv.com/news/top-stories/graphic-content—isp-releases-video-of-may-9th-i-64-deadly-shooting-in/article_9a4ad9c8-f0f2-11ed-8a42-3f2f8ab1f322.html  .

Illinois State Police Celebrates Trooper Brian Frank’s Homecoming After Scott’s Law Crash Two Years Ago  [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.wjol.com/illinois-state-police-celebrates-trooper-brian-franks-homecoming-after-scotts-law-crash-two-years-ago/   .

Illinois Teens Invited to 3-Day No Cost Summer Police Academy [Hosted by the Winnebago Sheriff’s Office] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://q985online.com/illinois-youth-police-academy .

ISP Celebrates National Law Enforcement Appreciation Month  [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://wgel.com/news/2023/05/isp-celebrates-national-law-enforcement-appreciation-month/  

Kendall County Sheriff’s Office to hold open house for those looking for a career in law enforcement [on May 30] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.wspynews.com/news/local/kendall-county-sheriffs-office-to-hold-open-house-for-those-looking-for-a-career-in/article_d0afdef6-f0c4-11ed-99e5-b3531ae38b3c.html

Kendall County TRIAD seeks to reduce crime that victimizes the elderly [It’s nice to see TRIAD programs in operation.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.wspynews.com/news/local/kendall-county-triad-seeks-to-reduce-crime-that-victimizes-the-elderly/article_4a38b24a-ef65-11ed-95be-9bebd997ab93.html 

Lake County sheriff’s canine helps lead officers to 80-year-old man who went missing in Vernon Hills [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2023/05/11/lake-county-sheriffs-canine-helps-lead-officers-to-80-year-old-man-who-went-missing-in-vernon-hills/  .

Lake County sheriff’s canine tracks down parolee who allegedly attacked, injured woman near Barrington [Dax does it again!  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2023/05/08/lake-county-sheriffs-canine-tracks-down-parolee-who-allegedly-attacked-injured-woman-near-barrington/  .

Mundelein Police Department announces new addition of Millie the comfort therapy dog [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2023/05/10/mundelein-police-department-announces-new-addition-of-millie-the-comfort-therapy-dog/  .

New Montgomery police officer sworn-in; community service officers introduced [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.shawlocal.com/kendall-county-now/news/government/2023/05/11/new-montgomery-police-officer-sworn-in-community-service-officers-introduced/  

Off-duty Wauconda police officer is ‘alert and aware’ after being taken out of coma following serious crash [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2023/05/10/off-duty-wauconda-police-officer-is-alert-and-aware-after-being-taken-out-of-coma-following-serious-crash/

Notes: Background:  Off-duty Wauconda and Holiday Hills police officer put in coma after being critically injured in head-on crash Accessed 5-8-2023. Available at: http://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2023/05/03/off-duty-wauconda-and-holiday-hills-police-officer-put-in-coma-after-being-critically-injured-in-head-on-crash/

Oswego police chief looks back over long career with village: ‘I just really enjoyed working here’  [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.shawlocal.com/kendall-county-now/2023/05/09/oswego-police-chief-looks-back-over-long-career-with-village-i-just-really-enjoyed-working-here/   .

Paint the Blue fundraiser for Chicago Police Memorial Foundation kicks off Friday [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://abc7chicago.com/chicago-police-memorial-foundation-paint-the-town-blue-beverly-pancake-breakfast-fundraiser/13237858

Pritzker Signs Act-of-Duty Bill  [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: https://www.wjol.com/pritzker-signs-act-of-duty-bill/

Proposal to raise line of duty benefits to U of I Police heads to governor [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.wcia.com/news/capitol-news/proposal-to-raise-line-of-duty-benefits-to-u-of-i-police-heads-to-governor/  

Springfield Police giving out anti-theft tool to combat TikTok trend  [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.wcia.com/news/springfield-police-giving-out-anti-theft-tool-to-combat-tiktok-trend/   .

St. Clair County hosts memorial ceremony for law enforcement officers killed or injured [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: https://www.aol.com/news/st-clair-county-hosts-memorial-180919700.html  .

Two Bolingbrook Police Officers Celebrate Retirement h [“Captain Anthony Columbus and Sergeant Christopher Georgeff, retired Friday from the police department.”] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://patch.com/illinois/bolingbrook/two-bolingbrook-police-officers-celebrate-retirement  .

Vernon Hills Police Department announces new addition of wellness support dog Billie [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: https://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2023/05/14/vernon-hills-police-department-announces-new-addition-of-wellness-support-dog-billie/  .

Chicago Tribune syndicate — may require registration. Waukegan police hope to build bonds by taking kids’ toys on patrol; ‘It humanizes us a little bit in the community’ [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-toy-ride-along-st-0513-20230512-3uowtryporfo7gkzftrnnde3ii-story.html  .

Daily Herald — may require registration . Another tool in high-speed chases: GPS darts that Oak Brook police can shoot onto fleeing vehicles  [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20230512/another-tool-in-high-speed-chases-gps-darts-that-oak-brook-police-can-shoot-onto-fleeing-vehicles   .

Woman accused of charging towards 3 police officers while armed with knife in Crystal Lak [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2023/05/12/woman-accused-of-charging-towards-3-police-officers-while-armed-with-knife-in-crystal-lake/  .

Podcasts and Professional Development

Operation Lifesaver’s Railroad Investigation and Safety Course (RISC) [The page describes the {free} training.  A link for scheduling a course appears at the bottom.  Thanks to George Graves for pointing this out!  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://oli.org/info/first-responders/railroad-investigation-and-safety-course  .

AELE Seminar [Just FYI]. Public Safety Discipline and Internal Investigations Seminar : September 18-21, 2023 [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.aele.org/public-safety-discipline-and-internal-investigations.html  .

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Online::  May 2023 [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: https://leb.fbi.gov/   .

Notes: The lead article is:  “Reducing the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health :  The Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection can promote an understanding of officer suicides, reduce mental health stigma, and help prevent future deaths.”

Other articles include:  “Focus on Training: Human Performance-Based Recommendations”, and “Perspective: Mentoring New Officers”

From Calibre Press. Cops Are Not Super-Humans. Understanding the Experts Who Explain That. [“The perception is that officers can supersede human limitations based on a perceived level of training. The truth is officers are trained, but most officers in the field are not the equivalent of “highly trained,” (there are exceptions).”] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://calibrepress.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=227100d959e87dfa343459c11&id=3f2cb01935&e=6a62fcd922  .

From Lexipol. Streamlining Police Operations: The Advantages of Outsourcing Law Enforcement Transcription Services [Just FYI.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.lexipol.com/outsourcing-law-enforcement-transcription-services/  .

From the YourPoliceWrite blog. Your Friday Quiz [On unnecessary words] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: https://www.yourpolicewrite.com/2023/05/12/your-friday-quiz-33/  .

JUSTINFO Newsletter : Volume 29, Issue 10 : May 15, 2023 [Just FYI.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: https://www.ojp.gov/news/justinfo/may-15-2023 .

On Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum Podcast. New Employment Laws [Just FYI.  The laws may not have much effect on law enforcement employment, but might be good to know about.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://quorumforum.ancelglink.com/2023/05/72-new-employment-laws.html  .

On the Art of Manliness Podcast. The Essential Guide to Visiting and Camping in the National Parks =Not Law Enforcement, but a lot of good advice for summer vacations.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://the-art-of-manliness.simplecast.com/episodes/the-essential-guide-to-visiting-national-parks-bJMvfI6l  .

On the Art of Manliness Podcast. Toastmasters, Aristotle, and the Essential Art of Rhetoric [An inability to communicate is social death, according to the Greeks.  Objective observation would indicate that there’s something to that.  The guest’s book on why and how to persuade people verbally was inspired by the story of a cousin who lived as a painful introvert for a half-century, joined Toastmasters, and joined the human race.   In a world where people don’t converse any more, the information is inspiring. The podcast page has a long list of other resources, and related podcasts from the Art of Manliness.  I’ll have to look into these resources myself!  SLC [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://the-art-of-manliness.simplecast.com/episodes/toastmasters-aristotle-and-the-essential-art-of-rhetoric-7OtmQxna  .

Notes: The book itself [Bowe John. I Have Something to Say : Mastering the Art of Public Speaking in an Age of Disconnection. First ed. Random House 2020] is available at these libraries:  https://worldcat.org/en/title/1149249391   And, as you know, Worldcat has links to sources for purchasing books on the right side of the page.

On the Art of Manliness Podcast. What the World of Psychology Gets Wrong About Men [The guest discusses the biological roots of male behavior, the elements of universal masculinity, the origin of the term (and the original concept of) “toxic masculinity,” and how demonizing masculinity hurts men.  A thoughtful and objective discussion!  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://the-art-of-manliness.simplecast.com/episodes/what-the-world-of-psychology-gets-wrong-about-men-Bl1LYSgs  .

On the Cops and Writers Podcast. Sara Divello talks about using Social Media to promote books [Even if you don’t have a book, her social media advice could prove useful.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.copsandwriters.com/podcast-1/episode/78bd76e3/118-join-sara-divello-as-she-guides-authors-through-the-maze-of-marketing-and-social-media-to-promote-their-work-successfully  .

On the Dispatch in Depth Podcast. Culture Is King with Dr. Renee Thornton [Staff can’t work at its best in a toxic culture..  The guest advocates for professional development, self-care, and concern for staff as people with lives outside of the dispatch center.  Research indicates that what dispatchers want in their career is security, so some observations are made about ways to improve that aspect of the workplace   SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.aedrjournal.org/culture-is-king-with-dr-renee-thornton .

Notes: Just a reminder.  What is true in community relations is true in interpersonal ones, too.  Kerik, Bernard B. City Journal Spring 2001 | It’s Rudeness, Not Racism http://www.city-journal.org/html/it%E2%80%99s-rudeness-not-racism-12013.html  .

On the Law Enforcement Today Podcast. Police Recruiting and Retention Problems, Effects For Us All, And More. My Appearance on the First and True Podcast [The program opens with Wiley’s story of what he did when he was forced to retire from law enforcement is instructive.  Eventually, the conversation turns to his perspectives on the current state and future of the profession.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://omny.fm/shows/law-enforcement-today/police-recruiting-and-retention-problems-effects-f  .

On the Policing Matters Podcast. Nick Roberts on how effective leadership training prepares law enforcement for all-hazards response [Lines of authority, interoperability, and capabilities of SWAT teams is the primary topic.  The second half is a gun advertisement.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://policingmatters.podbean.com/e/nick-roberts-on-how-effective-leadership-training-prepares-law-enforcement-for-all-hazards-response/  .

On the Squad Room Podcast. The Heart of a Warrior: Finding Purpose After Your Own Death with Brandon Griffith  [You’ve hard from this guest before (see note).  He was at home reading a book, and his heart had an electrical failure.  In  this case, he also talks about what it felt like to be dead.  He and his organization now train officers in AED use, plus other first aid situations officers encounter, because they arrive at these incidents faster than the EMTs.  He also urges officers to be aware of their heart.  His story about fighting his way back to his position on the police department is amazing.  I hope he writes a book about his story!  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: https://www.thesquadroom.net/brandongriffith/ .

Notes: An earlier interview with the guest:  On the Badge Boys Podcast. SWAT Instructor Brandon Griffith died from cardiac arrest, but was brought back to life and is now “Dying To Save Lives” with his nonprofit.  [His description of what cardiac arrest (electrical malfunction) felt like is something you won’t hear often.  He was able to get his police job back, and ne now advocates for implementing AED training for police.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 3-7-2022. Available at: http://starworldwidenetworks.com/episodes/swat-instructor-brandon-griffith-died-from-cardiac-arrest-but-was-brought-back-to-life-and-is-now-dying-to-save-lives-with-his-nonprofit  .

On the Within the Trenches Podcast. Elizabeth Mills, Telecommunications Officer, Hendricks County, IN. [Her description of her hiring process, and her (comparatively extensive) training process is good for comparison.  The story about her awards start at about 50 min, and are worth hearing, especially the one about getting information from the little girl whose mother passed out in her car.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: https://withinthetrenches.libsyn.com/within-the-trenches-ep-485  .

Op/Ed: That Straight Finger [By Robert Rail, on the placement of fingers on weapons.  See what you think about his insights. Thanks to Robert Rail , a fellow LPN recipient, for pointing this out.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/op-ed-that-straight-finger/  .

Notes: Here’s a lit of his books that are available at libraries:  http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=au=%22Rail%2C%20Robert%20R.%22 

Via the SCCJA Trending Topics and the FBI. Inside the FBI Podcast (2022 rebroadcast):  The Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted Data Collection, Revisited : On this episode of Inside the FBI, learn about the LEOKA Data Collection’s 2022 statistics, and how the Bureau uses this kind of data to help keep law enforcement officers alive. [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.fbi.gov/news/podcasts/inside-the-fbi-the-law-enforcement-officers-killed-and-assaulted-data-collection-revisited-051123?

Wanted by the FBI: High School Students for the Teen Academy  [Just FYI. This notice is from the Salt Lake CIty office, but maybe something local will be offered sometime.   SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/saltlakecity/news/wanted-by-the-fbi-high-school-students-for-the-teen-academy  .

Recently purchased Springfield fire truck presents interesting quandary for new Chief Canny Jr. [Not law enforcement, but a situation you might appreciate.  The new truck is too tall for some of the viaducts in town.  SLC] [Web Page].  Accessed 5-15-2023. Available at: http://www.wmay.com/2023/05/13/recently-purchased-springfield-fire-truck-presents-interesting-quandary-for-new-chief-canny-jr/  

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