Illinois Midsize Agency Leaders Meet to Discuss Emerging Issues

Today’s guest post is authored by Deputy Chief Tom Ross of the Bollingbrook, Illinois, Police Department.

The IACP Midsize Agencies Section members from Illinois held a “working lunch” meeting on March 20th immediately after the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Legislative Committee meeting. The lunch was held at Illinois State Police Headquarters in Springfield.

Photo Credit: Ken Teppel

Photo Credit: Ken Teppel

Chief Robert Williams of the Springfield Police Department (pop. 116,250) served as host for the meeting that was underwritten by Motorola. Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Hiram Grau delivered a briefing to the group of police chiefs representing agencies in Illinois that fall into the “Midsize” section (populations of 50,000 to 500,000).  He spoke about the two dozen multi-jurisdictional investigative & narcotic task forces throughout the state that ISP is part of, as well as the network of ISP crime labs that process evidence for a majority of agencies outside Chicago. Later in the afternoon, Chief Tim McCarthy of Orland Park Police Department moderated a round table discussion on a variety of topics including:

  • Preparing for new “concealed carry” laws in Illinois
  • Active shooters in schools
  • GPS for released probationers and parolees
  • Peoria’s experience with the “Don’t Shoot” program
  • The upcoming mid-year conference on April 23 and 24 in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Pending state legislation

The group of 28 chiefs represents the agencies that police approximately 1/5 of Illinois residents living outside the city of Chicago.

For more information on the IACP’s Midsize Agencies Section, visit the IACP website.

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