Police & Community Relations Improvement Act Training
Number: 678
MemberFee: No Fee
Contact: 309-268-8430 or mtu8training@heartland.edu

This course has been designed to satisfy the legal mandates of 50 ILCS 727, Police and Community Relations Improvement Act.
Don Hays will cover the following:
This presentation will analyze the legal aspects of the Police & Community Relations Improvement Act. It will consist of an analysis the purposes behind the creation of this Act and the methods the Act used to accomplish those purposes. Additionally, a history of recent related legislative enactments will be analyzed.
The topics covered by the presentation include, but are not limited to, the following: the creation of the Police and Community Relations Improvement Act, the Uniform Crime Reporting Act, and the Law Enforcement Officer-Worn Body Camera Act.
Also discussed will be amendments to the following:
• The Freedom of Information Act (Body Camera Recordings)
• The Racial Profiling Prevention and Data Oversight Act (Traffic and Pedestrian Stop Statistical Study Act)
• The Illinois Police Training Act (New Training Guidelines)
• The Law Enforcement Camera Grant Act
• The Uniform Peace Officers' Disciplinary Act (Commission on Police Professionalism)
• The Illinois Vehicle Code (Traffic and pedestrian stop statistical study)
• The Criminal Code of 2012 (Prohibited use of force by a peace officer & Eavesdrop Exemption)
• The Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 (Search Receipt Requirement)
Gail Sullivan will cover the following:
Key Cultural Competency Guidelines
Supervisory Cultural Competency: Law enforcement supervisors are charged with ensuring that their officers have the skills to maintain and display cultural competency. Changing demographics and widening expectations demand that officers understand a variety of cultural variations to ensure that they do not support discriminatory practices due to misunderstandings.
• To be able to understand how diversity affects law enforcement
• To be able to recognize the importance of challenging inappropriate behavior
• To be able to identify the impact of racism and discrimination on people
• To be able to understand the police culture and its effects upon tolerance
First Responder/Community Policing: Law enforcement officers who work the streets have the biggest impact on the view that citizens have of the police. As such, the first responder is the officer who needs to display cultural competency and an understanding of individual groups and their point of view and their specialized needs. Community policing is, at its foundation, the relationship between police and citizens.
• To be able to understand the dynamics of community policing
• To be able to understand components of the LGBT community
• To be able to assess on coming problems of cultural conflict
• To be able to identify common mistakes of non-verbal communication
• To be able to develop a plan to overcoming bias against police
• To be able to recognize components of problem solving
Key Human Rights Guidelines
Domestic Violence: Police represent the front line in the service response to domestic violence. Law enforcement has a unique perspective on this all too common social problem. The police are often asked to solve life-long problems in a few minutes. This unrealistic expectation leaves law enforcement frustrated and perturbed. Answering a domestic disturbance call is the second most dangerous call for an officer.
• To understand the different kinds of domestic abusers
• To understand the common positive and negative abuser’s reactions to police
• To distinguish the differences between male and female victims and abusers
• To identify the components of a domestic homicide event
• To understand stalking behaviors and domestic violence
• To understand the variety of orders of protection in Illinois
• To understand the definition and importance of propensity evidence

Sex Crimes: Sex crimes and the offenders that commit them is increasing at an alarming rate. Experts say that the problem is of epidemic proportions. Sex crimes are becoming more complicated and challenging to investigate. Understanding this criminal requires specialized training. Law enforcement is charged with holding the line between the offenders that would prey on the most vulnerable in the most heinous manner.
• To understand the extent of sexual crimes in our society
• To better understand the sex crimes from the victim perspective
• To understand how offenders engage victims and gain their silence
• To understand the extent of domestic and international human trafficking
• To understand the impact of Rape Victim Trauma on sex crime investigations
Crimes Against the Elderly: Elder abuse is a crime whose numbers are increasing as America ages. Approximately 2 million American seniors are abused, neglected, or exploited each year. Research tells us that for every report of abuse, five go unreported. It is important to realize that there are two groups of elderly in America today. It is important to address these groups in differing and sensitive manners.
• To understand the “Great Generation and Baby Boomers” as elderly citizens
• To understand financial crimes against the elderly
• To better utilize skills to interview the elderly as victims
• To understand reasons why the elderly are reluctant to report crimes
• To understand the stress of caretakers who provide for the elderly
Crimes Against Children: Child abuse cases have unique characteristics that make them different from other types of cases. For many reasons, children make “perfect” victims and abusers are in a perfect position to not be caught. Crimes against children can cause vicarious reactions in all the professionals involved.
• To understand the increase in child pornography
• To understand the connection between child abuse and exploitation
• To understand the components of child sex abuse
• To be familiar with the long-term effects of child sexual abuse
• To understand the spectrum of child physical abuse
• To increase knowledge of child development and child physical abuse
Key Procedural Justice Guidelines
Supervisory Procedural Justice: A recent study found that a supervisor’s style of management has a profound impact on patrol officer behavior. The four categories of supervisors (traditional, innovative, supportive and active) impact the way the officer interacts with citizens. The distillation of procedural justice is also highly influenced by the supervision that an officer receives.
• To understand leadership qualities and how they relate to just and fair policing
• To understand the development of a plan to recruit to reflect community diversity
• To understand the connection between positive community relationships and police stress
• To develop a plan to increase officer wellbeing and stress reduction
First Responder Procedural Justice: First responders are key to ensuring procedural justice is maintained. It is on the street that the first impression is formed by citizens. Maintaining a sense of confidence, awareness and sensitivity while balancing safety and control.

• To understand the levels of reasonable use of force
• To increase abilities for utilization of de-escalation skills
• To appreciate the importance of impartiality in justice
• To understand verbal and non-verbal communication skills
• To understand how trauma impacts the victim and their police interaction
Community Relationships – Voice & Transparency: The most pressing issue of modern policing is the one of community relationships. How the police are perceived by the citizens is a very difficult and controversial issue. Modern policing demands transparency of police at all levels of the criminal justice system. Melding this goal with the one of maintaining law and order is a challenge for all levels of society.
• To understand problem oriented policing
• To better understand how social media effects perceptions of police
• To understand public perception and how it impacts the effectiveness of policing
• To develop creative and unique ways for the police to interact with the community

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