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Mastering Gang Basics: Your First Line of Defense

Mastering Gang Basics:Your First Line of Defense

“Stop asking why they do it and start asking why you allow it.” 

This straight-forward eight hour seminar is specifically designed to prepare officers to successfully identify, document and lawfully combat today’s most dangerous street gangs.  For departments of all sizes, officers will utilize today’s most effective approaches and strategies in the field, developed by some of today’s leading gang experts.  This is the gang course that is going to provide the tactical and investigative edge that uniformed officers need to get the job done, no matter how big the gang problem.    The enthusiasm of seasoned instructors and their proven street tactics is what makes this one day seminar the one to experience as officers begin to train for today’s street-smart gang bangers.  From the streets to the class room, a fresh approach to gang suppression and identification begins.  Attendees will acquire the skill and attitude that demands results starting today. Some of the topics addressed by your instructors will include: ·

  • Understanding gang history and culture·
  • Today’s gang signs and symbols·
  • Hybrid gangs·
  • Why your town?·
  • Street banging and social media·
  • Tools to dismantle gang technology·
  • Decoding today’s gang graffiti·
  • Proper gang identification·
  • Officer mind-set and approach
  • And much more…

Edgardo Navarro

Edgardo Navarro is a commander with the Waukegan (Illinois) Police Department and oversees the operations for the Gang Intelligence Unit (GIU). GIU encompasses all gang and narcotics investigations for the department. Edgar earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College of Missouri.  He is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command in Evanston, IL. Edgar has over 21 years of law enforcement experience which began as a Corrections Officer with the Cook County Sherriff’s Office in Chicago. He was then employed by the Waukegan Police Department and started off as a Patrol Officer. Soon after, he moved into the Detective Bureau where he worked a variety of cases to include many homicides. Edgar is fluent in Spanish and was able utilized that skill in his interviews with many Latino street gang members. One particular brutal homicide investigation lead him to Mexico in pursuit of the suspect. Edgar worked with the Jalisco State Police Homicide Unit in Mexico. The homicide suspect was later caught in Mexico and extradited to the United States. Edgar took part in the interview and obtained a confession from the suspect. Edgar was then transferred into the Drug Unit and it was followed by a promotion to Sergeant. He also worked as a supervisor in the street tactical unit (Significant Incident Group), Gang Unit, and the Narcotics Unit. Edgar was then promoted to Commander of the Patrol Division and then to his current assignment as Commander of the GIU.

Edgar has been involved in many long-term investigations utilizing various surveillance techniques and court approved eavesdropping devices. Edgar has also worked in an undercover capacity on numerous cases.  Edgar assisted (former) Congressman Kirk’s advisory board with gang presentations and provided statistics on gang violence in trying to demonstrate the need of federal funding for fighting gangs.  Edgar has been recognized for his hard work by his department, the Lake County (Illinois) States Attorney’s office, federal agencies and community groups.

He was born and raised in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Edgar’s success is about keeping it simple, sharing his experiences, and always willing to listen and adapt to improved ideas.

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Mastering Gang Basics: Your First Line of Defense

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Jon Oliver

Jon Oliver, is a lieutenant with the Waukegan (Illinois) Police Department and has been a police officer there for over 23 years.  Jon began his career in the Patrol Unit and during that time he spent most of his time working in high crime areas.  In May of 1997, Jon was transferred to the Detective Bureau at which time he investigated cases ranging from misdemeanors to murders.  Jon was promoted to sergeant in 1998 and was put in charge of the Narcotics Division which conducted both tactical and undercover drug operations.  In early 2000, Jon successfully built and commanded the Neighborhood Enforcement Team (N.E.T.), the largest drug and gang unit in Lake County, from the ground up.  Jon was promoted to lieutenant in 2001 and later returned to patrol where he supervised each of the three patrol shifts.  During that time, Jon graduated from Northwestern Illinois Police Staff and Command school.  In 2005, Jon was given the opportunity to put together a street crimes unit from scratch.  Jon created the Significant Incident Group Unit (S.I.G. Unit) and was in charge of its day to day operations.  Jon and his officers were awarded the Waukegan Police Department’s Meritorious Award for their unprecedented crime fighting results. In 2012, Jon was assigned to work a high profile cold case homicide investigation and ultimately uncovered new evidence in the case.  Currently, Jon is in charge of the department’s Tactical Anti-Crime Team (T.A.C.) and Strike Force Unit.  Under Jon’s command, these teams have identified and pursued some of the most violent criminals in the Chicagoland area and successfully arrested numerous suspects for violent crimes. In the summer of 2017, Jon and his teams were assigned to regain control of a Section 8 housing development with over 400 apartments that had been plagued with extreme violence, including several homicides and many shootings, perpetrated by drug dealing gang members from the Chicagoland area.  Within weeks, Jon and his team members were able to uproot this gang presence, stop the violence, and eventually restore peace/order to improve the quality of life for the 2000 plus residents in this community.

Jon has received the following awards throughout his career with the Waukegan Police Department: Waukegan Police Department’s Meritorious Service Award, Nicasa Public Safety Award, Lake County Gang Alliance Award, and over 50 local commendations and letters of appreciation from the various law enforcement agencies.

For many years, Jon has trained officers at his department in tactical street interviewing, foot pursuit tactics, ground fighting, weapon retention, and informants/case management up to and including court proceedings.  Jon has long been recognized in the 19th Judicial Circuit of Lake County as a respected expert witness in narcotics trafficking and has testified in many cases leading to convictions against  major drug dealers. By combining his real life experiences and high energy delivery, Jon trains and motivates officers at the same time.

Street Strategies Seminar Instructor

C.R.I.M.E 123: Interviewing & Interrogation

“My C.I.” Cultivating and Effectively Handling today’s Top Confidential Informants

Gang Combat Dynamics

Street Strategies Homicide Investigation Seminar

Jail Gang Intelligence

Courtroom Success:
Preparing for Today’s Homicide and High Profile cases

Gangs in Schools: Prevention to Investigation

Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones, is currently a sergeant with the Vernon Hills (Illinois) Police Department and brings 30 years of police experience to the classroom.  Andrew has served as a patrol officer, field training officer, evidence technician, bike patrol officer, detective, school resource officer, multi-faceted use of force instructor and patrol sergeant.

 

The bulk of Andrew’s career has been spent as a Vernon Hills detective and also assigned to the Lake County Major Crime Task Force.  Andrew spent 15 years in investigations, with 11 of those years in the Major Crime Unit.  He has conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations, many of those relating to homicide and officer involved shootings. Among those interviews, he has worked a number of high profile cases ranging from homicide to public corruption. He has been recognized within his department by social and community groups, local school officials and newspapers.  In 2015, Andrew was awarded the Lake County Juvenile Officer of the Year Award and the Lifesaving Award.

 

His academic portfolio includes graduating Suma Cum Laude from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  He also attended the Southern Police Institute’s 138th Administrative Officers Course where he was elected class president and graduated with high honors. For both the public and private sectors, Andrew developed and presented curriculum for recognizing and preventing targeted violent attacks, internet safety, teen use of apps and social media, drug trends and use in today’s society, multiple disciplines of less-than-lethal levels of force, firearms, Naloxone use, interview and interrogations, courtroom testimony, and a variety of other topics.

 

On a personal note, Andrew is the father of three beautiful children, with a son who currently serves as a Waukegan, Illinois Police Officer.  In his spare time, he is an avid movie goer and enjoys time in his 1955 Chevy Bel-Air.

Street Strategies Seminar Instructor

C.R.I.M.E 123: Interviewing & Interrogation

“My C.I.” Cultivating and Effectively Handling today’s Top Confidential Informants

Mastering Gang Basics: Your First Line of Defense

Gang Combat Dynamics

Street Strategies Homicide Investigation Seminar

Jail Gang Intelligence

Courtroom Success:
Preparing for Today’s Homicide and High Profile cases

Gangs in Schools: Prevention to Investigation

Steve Hollister

Steve Hollister, is a detective with the Waukegan (Illinois) Police Department and has been a police officer for over 19 years.  During his tenure, Steve has worked in Patrol, Gang Unit, Drug Unit, Adult Investigations, SWAT, and currently the Gang Intelligence Unit (GIU) which is a high bred Gang/Drug unit. Steve primarily worked for the department’s elite drug and gang unit as the drug unit’s senior drug investigator until having the opportunity to work as a Task Force Officer (TFO) with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). During his time with the DEA, over $10 Million dollars were seized in the form of currency, homes, vehicles and jewelry. Also during his tenure at DEA, well over 300 kilos of heroin, cocaine or meth were taken off the streets as well as numerous high level cartel members that organized drug operations in the United States, Columbia, Mexico and Peru.

GIU has been recognized by numerous police departments and Congress for its innovative strategies to combat drugs and gangs on all levels. GIU is Lake County’s largest gang and drug unit and has been instrumental in combating gangs and drugs from Chicago to Wisconsin.  During his career, Steve has successfully conducted hundreds of narcotics investigations, from street level dealers to high profile drug operations.  During his undercover operations, Steve was instrumental in infiltrating those considered untouchable. The untouchables are high level ranking gang members in Chicago’s most dangerous street gangs.  At one time, due to Steve’s successful tenacity and dedication, he was considered “family,” as described on wire recordings of Satan Disciple and Maniac Latin Disciple gang members.  Steve has also worked in his long-term undercover capacity for the DEA in large scale federal drug operations in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Steve has been the case agent in countless drug search warrants, “buy-bust” operations, and long term surveillance operations on gang and drug targets.  He has specialized in developing long term Confidential Informants (CI’s) in drug cases.  He is considered an expert in gathering and successfully utilizing CI’s, face-to-face and hand-to-hand prep, money laundering and seizures, vehicle drug traps, and surveillance techniques.  Steve has also worked undercover in murder for hire investigations on rival gang members and members of competing drug pipe lines.

Steve has testified in state and federal courts as a drug and gang expert.  He has given countless presentations to universities, community groups, and local and state agencies. Steve is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the department’s Meritorious Award for his excellence and hard work in undercover drug and gang operations. Steve’s enthusiasm and character always compliments his desire to share his experiences with officers across the country.

Street Strategies Seminar Instructor

C.R.I.M.E 123: Interviewing & Interrogation

“My C.I.” Cultivating and Effectively Handling today’s Top Confidential Informants

Mastering Gang Basics: Your First Line of Defense

Gang Combat Dynamics

Street Strategies Homicide Investigation Seminar

Jail Gang Intelligence

Courtroom Success:
Preparing for Today’s Homicide and High Profile cases

Gangs in Schools: Prevention to Investigation

Neal McLoughlin

Neal McLoughlin

Neal is a supervisor with a major Midwest Law Enforcement agency in which he has held a variety of positions in his over 20-year distinguished career. Neal holds an M.B.A. from St. Xavier University and received his C.F.E. designation in 2005. He was a course developer and instructor for CPD (Career Professional Development a Law Enforcement training company). He most recently coordinated a program involving Federal agencies as well as State and Local law enforcement. Resources were combined under his direction and resulted in a targeted 53 criminal cases in a 90-day period via social media. The program was recognized, and its methods are being emulated through the DOJ for use in local law enforcement through NDCAC The National Domestic Communications Assistance Center (NDCAC) is a National center, organized under the Department of Justice (DOJ).

COURSE:

Walking the Digital Beat~ Practical Application & Use of Social Media in Criminal Investigations

Walking the Digital Beat~Practical Application & Use of Social Media in Criminal Investigations

Two Day Course Overview: This Level 1 course is intended for Law Enforcement agencies and their personnel. It is non-technical with no prerequisites necessary and presented in an easy to follow format in which the participants will be well acquainted with social platforms and how to use them to develop intelligence, violate parolees, disrupt criminal gang activity and enhance cases for the prosecutors’ office.

Additionally, an overview will be given of actual program from start to finish and real-world experiences discussed and challenges overcome. You will be given insight into an actual program and program numbers that occurred in a 90 day period.

Subpoena, Preservation Orders,  and Search Warrants how to request information. How to create on line personas with Registered CI status. Applications for use with Individual Departments of Correction and Bail Bond enhancements that will enable you to work in conjunction with your local prosecutor’s office.

Beyond the foundation of how this can be accomplished within your agency. Also reviewed are the pitfalls and liability of conducting covert social media investigations incorrectly. We will review the pitfalls of how badly not having a firm foundation in social media investigations can result. How to set up policy and how to continually update policy as technology moves forward.

Attendees will learn:

*Uses of social media in investigations both open source and covert.

*Identifying and targeting criminal groups online.

 *How to access the dark web and the deep web. The difference between the two and how to conduct investigative lead search should your investigation take you there.

*Setting up Policy and Procedure to avoid legal liability for L.E. both officers and agencies.

*Properly documenting and using evidence obtained in the investigation and prosecution.

*Scaling online investigations from individual to multi-agency operations.

*Connecting the dots from behind the keyboard to street operations and raids.

*How to obtain buy-in from your Command Staff, Investigation, Narcotics, Specialized Units and Patrol Divisions.

 

 

Chief Christopher Mannino

 CHIEF CHRISTOPHER MANNINO

In his 21st year in law enforcement, Christopher Mannino currently serve as Chief of Police of the Park Forest Police Department in suburban Chicago. He has served in a wide variety of law enforcement roles throughout his career, including assignments in the patrol division, investigations division, administration division, special operations, as the Field Training Coordinator, and as a team leader with a regional Mobile Field Force. He is also a certified firearms, less lethal, and handcuffing instructor.

Mannino holds a Master’s Degree in Political and Justice Studies and is a graduate of the 237th session of the FBI National Academy, where his course studies centered on media relations and public relations for law enforcement.

Mannino serves on the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Public Relations Committee and is a social media manager for the International Association of Chiefs of Police- US Section.

Mannino is also an adjunct law enforcement instructor, instructing on “Implementing a Social Media Strategy for Law Enforcement” for law enforcement mobile training units across the country. His goal is to help law enforcement personnel better represent their agencies and engage their communities while understanding legal considerations and the challenges posed by social media.

 

SEMINAR AVAILABLE:

Implementing Social Media Strategy for Law Enforcement

PURPOSE OF COURSE: This one day course has been designed to meet the practical needs of a Public Information Officer or other police personnel assigned to create, implement, and manage a social media strategy for a law enforcement agency.

COURSE OVERVIEW: This course will give the police personnel insight into the history of law enforcement use of social media, how to create agency accounts on the most popular social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), legal considerations, civil rights considerations, creating engaging content, avoid pitfalls, and an overview of additional social media platforms and tools.

COURSE GOALSThe main goal of this course is to educate police personnel on how to successfully create social media accounts for their agencies, manage content within legal guidelines and community expectations, and successfully promote their agency and law enforcement in general.

COURSE PREREQUISITES: This course will be offered to law enforcement personnel assigned to a Public Information Officer role or tasked with creating and/or managing social media accounts.

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Co-Host Option: free training & discounted training for the host agency!

PG-TI partner with police departments throughout the country to present our training seminars.  The host department provides a meeting facility, provides a/v,  some light refreshments (coffee/water) and  most importantly spearheads the marketing effort in the region.  PG-TI is responsible for the speaker and expenses related to travel, takes all registrations through a service and also collects the fees.  PG-TI also will provide the host department an electronic flyer for distribution.  It truly is a team effort and as compensation for the department’s efforts, the department will receive free and discounted training for their personnel.  It is an effective way of getting quality training to your area with limited resources and administrative duties.

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In a contractual arrangement, PG-TI and the agency/department will agree upon a flat rate for the training seminar.  The advantage to this arrangement is the cost per person fee is greatly reduced since PG-TI is not involved with the administrative functions.

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