2 CPD officers taken to hospital after crash in West Ridge [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://wgntv.com/news/2-cpd-officers-taken-to-hospital-after-crash-in-west-ridge/.
Champaign Police Lieutenant earns special honors over weekend [ Lt. Gregory Manzana] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.wcia.com/news/local-news/champaign-police-lieutenant-earns-special-honors-over-weekend/ .
Chicago cop arrested at training academy, charged with pulling gun on neighbor [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2022/11/18/23467110/chicago-cop-arrested-at-training-academy-charged-with-pulling-gun-on-neighbor .
Chicago Set To Create Police Misconduct Database — But A Watered-Down Version [When I first heard about this proposal, I couldn’t help but think that, in fairness, it ought to track both complaints and commendations. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/05/19/chicago-set-to-create-police-misconduct-database-but-only-after-being-watered-down-to-get-lightfoot-support/.
Cook County Sheriff’s Office awarded over $11M in funding to get its own helicopter, will aid in combating carjackings [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.audacy.com/wbbm780/news/local/cook-county-sheriff-getting-helicopter-to-combat-carjackings .
Cops dish up Thanksgiving dinner at Decatur’s Good Samaritan Inn [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://herald-review.com/news/local/cops-dish-up-thanksgiving-dinner-at-decaturs-good-samaritan-inn/article_86aae56e-6909-11ed-b15a-f75ba4c83ba2.html .
Gurnee police and Gurnee Mills set up license plate reading camera to combat crime at the mall [Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2022/11/20/gurnee-police-set-up-license-plate-reading-cameras-to-combat-crime-at-gurnee-mills/.
Indiana deputy’s gun discharges, shoots student in classroom [NOt Illinois. but important. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://wgntv.com/news/indiana-deputys-gun-discharges-shoots-student-in-classroom/ .
Kendall County Sheriff’s Office announces Employee of the Quarter [Patrol Deputy Samuel Markusic] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.shawlocal.com/kendall-county-now/2022/11/16/kendall-county-sheriffs-office-announces-employee-of-the-quarter/ .
Man allegedly beat woman until she lost consciousness, tried disarming police officer in Antioch [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2022/11/15/man-allegedly-beat-woman-until-she-lost-consciousness-tried-disarming-police-officer-in-antioch/ .
Monticello Police Chief John Carter resigns [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.wandtv.com/news/monticello-police-chief-john-carter-resigns/article_9541aff6-6506-11ed-ab80-5be73829f818.html .
Nearly three years after its founding, the Citizen Police Review Commission struggles to find footing on tricky terrain [Evanston] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://dailynorthwestern.com/2022/11/17/city/nearly-three-years-after-its-founding-the-citizen-police-review-commission-struggles-to-find-footing-on-tricky-terrain/ .
Normal PD welcomes newest ‘paw’-cifer to force [Officer Olive is intended as a friendly Public Relations dog, though, if I read the article right, not specifically an emotional support dog. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/normal-pd-welcomes-newest-paw-cifer-to-force/ .
Oswego police officers recognized by Illinois House for rescue [“… Officers Rebecca Hayes and Chad Vargas… were able to rescue someone from a burning car after it had crashed into a dump truck.”] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.wspynews.com/news/local/oswego-police-officers-recognized-by-illinois-house-for-rescue/article_b65337b0-6744-11ed-8ca3-4b4b08da2101.html .
O’Fallon Police Department adding new tool to their arsenal with License Plate Readers [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.bnd.com/news/local/community/ofallon-progress/article268282302.html?ac_cid=DM725705&ac_bid=1375497836 .
Police chase through Kewanee, Henry and Stark counties ends in arrest [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.starcourier.com/story/news/crime/2022/11/15/police-chase-through-kewanee-henry-and-stark-counties-ends-in-arrest/69649424007/.
Urbana considers bonuses to help recruit officers [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.wcia.com/news/local-news/urbana-considers-bonuses-to-help-recruit-officers/ .
Watseka native creates app, increasing notification time during emergencies [“…He wants teachers to have a direct line to the police, and the Guard911 app is doing just that. ” The former officer who designed the app is from Watseka. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.wcia.com/news/watseka-native-creates-app-increasing-notification-time-during-emergencies/ .
Will detective’s discovery help solve Grimes murders? [Continuing work on a 1956 cold case] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://wgntv.com/news/wgn-films/the-grimes-sisters-murders/will-detectives-discovery-help-solve-grimes-murders/ .
William J. Kunkle Jr., prosecutor in John Wayne Gacy case, dead at 81 [Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://chicago.suntimes.com/obituaries/2022/11/20/23469230/william-bill-kunkle-john-wayne-gacy-dead .
Notes: And this is the latest book author to be intereviewed for the True Murder Podcast: Inside the Mind of John Wayne Gacy: https://www.spreaker.com/user/danzupansky1/inside-the-mind-of-john-wayne-gacy-real-
Chicago Tribune syndicate — may require registration. Elgin police task force ideas, including elimination of college degree as new cop requirement, adopted by council [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/ct-ecn-elgin-police-task-force-recommendations-st-1120-20221118-egagnja52zc6royjpnzgpikhbi-story.html.
Chicago Tribune syndicate — may require registration. Niles settles lawsuit against police department brought by former police commander [“The village of Niles has settled a lawsuit brought by a former police department commander, Nick Beyer, who told police brass that police did not follow procedure in a case.”] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/niles/ct-nhs-nicholas-beyer-settlement-tl-1123-20221118-iy2bpoimvngyzdjahtzwtxxxqu-story.htmluburbs/ .
Daily Herald — may require registration . Elgin police chief responds after union’s ‘no confidence’ vote [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20221115/elgin-police-chief-responds-after-unions-no-confidence-vote .
Notes: Follow up: Elgin police chief, city manager ask for details behind no-confidence vote https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20221118/elgin-police-chief-city-manager-ask-for-details-behind-no-confidence-vote
From Ancel Glink’s Municipal Minute blog. Overweight Vehicle Ordinance Cannot Be Enforced Through Administrative Hearings [The information bight influence weight enforcement initiatives. Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2022/11/overweight-vehicle-ordinance-cannot-be.html?spref=tw .
On the This is Criminal Podcast. The Tylenol Murders [An important case to remember. The backgrounds of the victims, and how the cyanide was identified, and the hunt for the extortioner. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://thisiscriminal.com/episode-201-the-tylenol-murders-11-18-2022 .
State trooper among 3 hurt in South Side crash: ISP [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.audacy.com/wbbm780/news/local/state-trooper-among-3-hurt-in-south-side-crash-isp . Notes: More coverage: Illinois state trooper injured in crash during pursuit on Far South Side https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2022/11/16/23462165/illinois-state-trooper-injured-in-crash-during-pursuit-on-far-south-side .
‘You don’t need to click on that email:’ Local expert offers tip to avoid online scams [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.audacy.com/wbbm780/news/local/local-expert-offers-tip-to-avoid-online-scams-phishing .
Is Turning Your Car Around to Avoid a DUI Checkpoint Illegal in Illinois? ]”Simply put, it may not be illegal to avoid a DUI checkpoint by turning around, but it may send up a warning sign to cops, so don’t do it…” Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: http://q985online.com/it-it-illegal-to-avoid-dui-checkpoints-in-illinois/ .
Podcasts and Professional Development
Abstract from the journal Police Quarterly. Race and the Use of Force by Police Revisited: Post-Ferguson Findings From a Large County Police Agency [Fairfax Co., Virginia] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/10986111221139442 .
Cops and writers. “C.S.I. Philadelphia” With Crime Scene Investigator Donna Jaconi [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.copsandwriters.com/podcast-1/episode/79bd0310/089-csi-philadelphia-with-crime-scene-investigator-donna-jaconi .
From Calibre Press. Lessons Learned After Two Suicide By Cop Shootings [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://calibrepress.com/2022/11/officers-lessons-learned-after-two-suicide-by-cop-shootings/ .
From the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Law Enforcement Agencies that Employ School Resource Officers, 2019 [Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://bjs.ojp.gov/library/publications/law-enforcement-agencies-employ-school-resource-officers-2019 .
From the Office of Justice Programs. BJS releases Local Police Departments Personnel, 2020 and Sheriffs’ Offices Personnel, 2020 [In case you are curious how your agency compares. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOJOJP_COMMS/bulletins/3383dfe .
From the YourPoliceWrite blog. Tom Brady’s Jersey [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.yourpolicewrite.com/2022/11/21/tom-bradys-jersey/.
From the YourPoliceWrite blog. Your Friday Quiz [By the way, if you would pref3er to get the quiz on Friday, the site’s email updates are easy to subscribe to. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.yourpolicewrite.com/2022/11/18/your-friday-quiz-22/ .
JUSTINFO Newsletter [Volume 28, Issue 22: November 15, 2022] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.ojp.gov/justinfo/november-15-2022?utm_campaign=justinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery .
On the Badge Boys Podcast. A SWAT Officer becomes an Attorney and creates the firm Lady Law Shield, which helps police officers in civil difficulties. [She was on the Law Enforcement Today podcast a couple of weeks ago. In that interview, she talked about her law enforcement experiences. Here, she talks more about her legal work. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://starworldwidenetworks.com/episodes/a-swat-officer-becomes-an-attorney-and-creates-the-firm-lady-law-shield-which-helps-police-officers-in-civil-difficulties .
Notes: The Law Enforcement Today podcast appearance: https://omny.fm/shows/law-enforcement-today/one-of-the-first-females-in-her-agency-s-swat-team
On The COPreneur Path Podcast. Shifting from the Owner’s Seat to the Investor’s Seat in Your Business [The discussion is about the importance of managing a business from the perspective of where it needs to go, rather than where it is. Few tips are given, but plenty of examples of outcomes are. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/111 .
On the Cops and Writers Podcast. The Biggest And Best Indie Author Conference, 20 Books Vegas With Conference Director Craig Martelle [I wasn’t going to include this episode, because it doesn’t have much to do with law enforcement. However, if you are planning to visit Las Vegas, it includes some useful information about what to expect in the city. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.copsandwriters.com/podcast-1/episode/7c4f0b06/090-the-biggest-and-best-indie-author-conference-20-books-vegas-with-conference-director-craig-martelle .
On the Cops and Writers Podcast. Retired Police Sergeant And P.I. George Cramer Is Proving That It’s Never Too Late To Start Your Author Career! [His stories about policing in the 1970s are important history, but his anecdote about dealing with dangerous officers, and working as a private investigator, could be instructive, too. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.copsandwriters.com/podcast-1/episode/7eec6616/091-retired-police-sergeant-and-pi-george-cramer-is-proving-that-its-never-too-late-to-start-your-author-career .
On the Law Enforcement Today Podcast . Police Work and a US Military Career, with Combat, Almost Ended Their Marriage. [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://omny.fm/shows/law-enforcement-today/police-work-and-a-career-in-the-us-military-with-c .
Notes: Her husband was on the LET Podcast lat month. Here’s the link: https://omny.fm/shows/law-enforcement-today/after-retiring-from-the-us-military-including-comb . You might want to go back and listen to it, and compare his perspective of the career dangers with hers. Their podcast can be found at https://anchor.fm/sheepdog-marriage .
On the Law Enforcement Today Podcast . Retired Police Officer Stacy West. Shot Multiple Times She Tells Her Inspiring Story [She was badly injured while responding to a domestic dispute. The radio audio is also included in the interview. The part about being essentially trapped in the garage of a neighboring house, and how her fellow officers found her is instructive. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://omny.fm/shows/law-enforcement-today/retired-auburndale-fl-police-officer-stacy-west?utm_source=Newsletter .
On the Policing Matters Podcast. A primer for law enforcement on First Amendment rights [Conducting oneself around a protest, and the facts about what constitutes public recording of both police and citizens, are the themes of this episode. And it warmed my heart to hear him advocate for frequent, relevant, short training, much like Gordon Graham does. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://policingmatters.podbean.com/e/a-primer-for-law-enforcement-on-first-amendment-rights/
Notes: Here’s a link to Freedom of Speech and Press:
Exceptions to the First Amendment, the document the guest refers to toward the end. https://sgp.fas.org/crs/misc/95-815.pdf
On the Squad Room Podcast. You Must Lead Yourself to Lead Others with Errol Doebler [The guest was introduced to elements of a leadership, and self-leadership, lifestyle as a child. He talks about the difference between leadership and discipline, ways of modifying personal behavior, and how a leader acts (the anecdote about what a leader does when wrong was a good reminder). The program might require a couple of reviews to get the most out of it. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.thesquadroom.net/episode169 .
Today’s Tip from Lexipol. Learning From Historic Fires [Although for fire service, the point can apply for law enforcement, too. Look at past crimes to prevent future ones. SLC [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.lexipol.com/tips/learning-from-historic-fires/ .
Notes: As Gordon Graham mentioned: Our Lady of Angels School Fire: December 1, 1958 (The menu bar along the top is very thin,, but it is informative) https://olafire.com/FireSummary.asp .
Via the SCCJA Daily Clips and Academia. Bruised Badges: The Moral Risks of Police Work and a Call for Officer Wellness [“The paper takes the position that efforts to eliminate all acts of police misconduct are misguided, because much of this behavior appears to be a natural byproduct of routine police practices. Instead, it is important for police executives to understand the various factors that foster police misconduct. …” Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 11-21-2022. Available at: https://www.academia.edu/36859003/Bruised_Badges_The_Moral_Risks_of_Police_Work_and_a_Call_for_Officer_Wellness .