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IMPLEMENTING PROBLEM ORIENTED POLICING For Smaller Agencies

This program is designed as an introductory course to P.O.P.~all are welcomed!

 

COURSE OVERVIEW: Smaller agencies or those will limited resources may not be able to implement Community Action Teams or other Problem Oriented Policing concepts that require ample resources, but that shouldn’t limit them from employing P.O.P. concepts! This introductory course will give police personnel insight into the history and initial introduction of Problem Oriented Policing, the concept of the S.A.R.A. model and employing its use in identifying problems affecting the community, methods of obtaining and analyzing data, thinking beyond traditional police responses to address community issues, implementing P.O.P. practices, methods to encourage Problem Oriented thinking as a department culture, and practical exercises which lead students to develop Problem Oriented Policing thought processes.

Concepts Include:

  • Utilizing Problem Oriented Policing zones for patrol units
  • Use of department liaisons to address specific vulnerable communities
  • Using social media to leverage actions taken and increase communication
  • Use of Crime Free Housing and ordinance violations to address problem areas
  • Employing Crime Prevention Through Environment Design (CPTED) to solve problems

Wellness Program for 911 Dispatchers & Complaint Officers

This seminar is designed for communication professionals such as Dispatchers, Complaint Officers, Command Staff and First Line Supervisors.

 

This 4-hour contemporary mental health training seminar will discuss critical incident (acute stress reactions) secondary traumatic stress/Vicarious Trauma (VT) and the difference between post trauma stress reactions (chronic).

Emphasis is placed upon how such symptoms can affect communication professionals in particular such as Police Dispatchers and Complaint Officers, Command Staff, and First Line Supervisors.

The attendee will be able to identify and potentially manage secondary traumatic stress/Vicarious Trauma (VT) that first responders, particularly dispatchers and police complaint officers may experience on a consistent basis.

VT is the impact of indirect exposure to difficult, disturbing and/or traumatic images and stories of the suffering of others – humans and sometimes animals and the way that it might impact us as individuals and as professionals.

Upon completion, the attendee will be able to potentially acquire, change, and utilize prevention and intervention skills (via cognitive behavioral (CBT-reframing skills), targeting the array of trauma-based psychological, physiological, and behavioral reactions.

Topics Include:

What is a Critical Incident?

  • Understanding the Operational definition of Anxiety and what a Traumatic Stressor/Incident is
  • What is secondary trauma
  • Physiological Signs & Effects from Stress
  • Recovery from Anxiety Responses
  • Psychological Effects from Stress
  • Behavioral Effects from Stress
  • Burnout
  • Benefits of Relaxation Stress Symptom Checklist
  • Receive specific resiliency and management tools using the Penn Resiliency Program for change
  • Empower oneself for identifying and managing symptoms associated with secondary trauma stress
  • Discussing traits that perpetuate Anxiety
  • Benefits for Identification, Training, and Management of Symptoms

 

Pharmaceutical Drug Diversion Training

The Pharmaceutical Drug Diversion Training class was designed to educate law enforcement officers about prescription drug crimes.  It is designed for all areas of law enforcement to include patrol, narcotics, detectives and administration.  Prescription drugs are encountered by law enforcement officers on a regular basis however officers rarely receive training in these types of crimes.  This class will help officers gain a better knowledge of pharmaceuticals, crimes associated with diversion and tips on conducting investigations.

This one-day course includes:

Pharmacology and Pill Identification-4 Hours

This course reviews the most commonly abused opioid, depressant, and stimulant controlled substances.  Officers will learn street names, methods of abuse, and current street prices of prescription drugs.   Resources for pill identification will also be discussed.

 

Legal Prescribing and Preventing Diversion- 2 Hours

This course will provide the student with an understanding of the Controlled Substance Act as it applies to prescription medications and the practice of medicine.  Attendees will learn what constitutes a legal prescription under the Code of Federal Regulations.  Officers will gain information about prescription drug crimes along with the most common methods of diversion. Investigating inappropriate prescribing will be discussed utilizing real case examples

 

Basic Drug Investigations-1 Hour

This course focuses on building successful investigations on various types of prescription drug crimes.  Tips on evidence to obtain and interviews to conduct in various medical settings will be discussed.  This class will help the student better understand the abbreviations that are most commonly used on prescriptions to better detect illegal or altered prescriptions.  The class is designed to provide officers with the tools and resources needed to conduct quality investigations.

 

Pharmacy Crimes -30 Min

This course is an overview of several types of pharmacy crimes.  Participants will learn recommendations and procedures to consider when encountering a diversion issue, evidence to obtain and how to network with the pharmacy staff.  Officers will learn the trends, patterns, and risk factors associated with pharmacy crimes.

 

Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals -30 Min

This class will provide the officer with an overview of counterfeit pharmaceuticals and their effect on the healthcare system.  Case examples involving counterfeit medicines and their sources will be discussed along with resources to utilize in an investigation.

Adrienne Baker

Adrienne Baker is a former state law enforcement officer and prescription drug diversion specialist.  She has provided lectures and training seminars for law enforcement and healthcare personnel for over 20 years.   Starting in 2012 she worked as an Associate Director of RxLELE (Law Enforcement Liaison and Education) for Purdue Pharma. She was a full-time public speaker providing a variety of lectures to police and industry throughout the country.  In addition, she was an FBI LEEDA instructor.  Prior to joining Purdue in 2012, Mrs. Baker was Principal Agent for the Georgia State Medical Board.  As a state law enforcement officer in Georgia, she conducted investigations involving pharmaceutical drug diversion and violations of state laws and regulations relating to medical practitioners. Mrs. Baker is a Master Police Instructor certified through the state police academy.  In addition, she is a state Firearms and Defensive Tactics Instructor.

For her entire career, Mrs. Baker has traveled throughout the United States educating doctors, law enforcement officers, healthcare professionals, and community groups regarding safe and legal medical practices involving prescription drugs.  In addition, she testified and assisted in the passing of SB 36, the Georgia Prescription Monitoring Program.

Mrs. Baker was named National Law Enforcement Educator of the Year in 2007 and has served as president of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) Georgia chapter since 2004. Mrs. Baker has also been on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Tactical Officers Association (GTOA) since 2004-2012.  In 2009, she was named one of Georgia’s top 40 under 40 by Georgia Trend magazine.

Mrs. Baker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Samford University and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University. In 2018 she graduated from Yale School of Management in the Executive Management Program.

Course Offered:

Pharmaceutical Drug Diversion Training

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.

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

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