This March and April, the IACP’s National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women partnered with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute (ILETSB) to conduct two regional trainings focused on assisting law enforcement in developing a practical, pro-active plan to increase agency effectiveness in responding to and investigating the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Institutes were held in Oak Brook and East Peoria, IL, and brought in participants from 34 different agencies throughout Illinois.
Utilizing collaborations with the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Councils and the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, along with grant funding from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, these interactive Institutes were able to provide Illinois executives with an opportunity to assess current agency efforts to hold perpetrators accountable, to examine innovative investigative strategies, and to learn from experts.
Susan Nichols, Director of the ILETSB Executive Institute, noted the success of multidisciplinary partnership in conducting effective trainings. “[ILETSB Executive Institute] is pleased to partner with the IACP to bring this thought-provoking program to Illinois. Recent and past Illinois Leadership Institute participants completed the program with a road map to develop an action plan in responding to and investigating crimes against women. The Executive Institute commends these leaders for their dedication in promoting professionalism in policing.”