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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
Preparing for Today’s Homicide and High Profile cases
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
Preparing for Today’s Homicide and High Profile cases
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
Preparing for Today’s Homicide and High Profile cases
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).
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 Mannino, in his 22nd year in law enforcement, serves in the Chicago area and teaches social media strategies and problem oriented policing across the country. His agency’s law enforcement social media efforts have been featured by major Chicago media market news networks as well as received national attention. The Chief presented at both the 2016 and 2017 Problem Oriented Policing Conferences (Naperville,IL and Peoria, IL). He is a graduate of the 237th session of the FBI National Academy where his studies focused on public relations for law enforcement. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Political and Justice Studies.
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” and “Implementing Problem Oriented Policing” 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.
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 GOALS: The 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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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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Morale, Motivation, Suicide Prevention-Intervention, Stress Management, & Resiliency for LEO’s
Course Goal: This seminar is designed to educate others on improving motivation, morale, preventing and intervening with those that experience suicidality, stress recognition and management tools, improving communication style and patterns of interpersonal behavior, and resiliency cultivation techniques for all levels and ranks within the law enforcement profession.
Following the completion of this didactic, the overall goal for attendees will be to gain new insight into the following: Differences between motivation and morale, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Herzberg’s Motivation Hygiene Theory, use of motivating strategies, a framework for understanding personality traits/characteristics, stress management, post– trauma based reactions, generalized anxiety conditions, benefits of relaxation, police trauma and statistics, resiliency acquisition for law enforcement, and suicide prevention and intervention.
- Motivation vs. Morale
- Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
- Herzberg’s Motivation Hygiene Theory
- Use of motivating strategies
- Understanding personality traits and characteristics within law enforcement
- Overview of stress management, stress recognition, fight/flight process
- Improving communication style and patterns of Interpersonal behavior
- Post-trauma stress and critical incidents for law enforcement personnel
- Resiliency cultivation for law enforcement personnel
- Police trauma and statistics
- Suicide prevention and intervention
- Suicidality awareness
- Law enforcement suicide
- Benefits of relaxation
Applied use of behavioral-health tools learned for law enforcement scenarios
An empowering training was facilitated at the Mesa Public Safety Training Facility. There were several attendees from all over the state of Arizona that participated in learning about the effects of critical incidents and how to support fellow public safety professionals soon after experiencing such an incident(s). Differences between debriefing(s) and defusing(s) demobilization(s) and crisis management briefings were discussed and processed along with the clinical challenges that may develop following such a critical incident or series of incidents such as post traumatic stress and suicidality that would warrant a referral for clinical attention to a mental health professional.
Educating those to prevent stigma was highlighted and encouraged. Knowledge is an empowerment tool that manages such stress resulting from critical incidents. The importance for having a mental health professional connected to a peer support team was significant and highly recommended. Ongoing training, consultations, referrals, and cultivation of trust are some of the many benefits for having a mental health professional connected with peer support teams. The importance of confidentiality was also discussed as an imperative component in the development of peer support teams conducting such services. CISD is not therapy, however, confidentiality is a vital ingredient to the success of such a service and a peer support program. Transparency for particular limitations was discussed and recommended to peer support teams who provide such services up front. Such exceptions vary from state to state, but generally include abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation of the elderly and/or vulnerable adults, children, suicidality, homicidality, and children/adolescents exposed to domestic violence. Criminal acts may also be included, specific to public safety departments/agencies policies and procedures. Overall, there was an abundance of participation and the learning curve exceeded the goals initially established. See you at our next training!