Every year the Federal Government identifies priorities for homeland security funding. In the last two funding rounds, cybersecurity has become one of the primary focuses of homeland security funding. To that end, the STIC has developed a resource for LE officers to protect themselves from cyber threats. This resource comes in the form of a pocket-sized booklet and is entitled, “Essential Privacy Strategies for Law Enforcement.” Given their high potential as targets of cyber-crime, it is a valuable resource for deputies/officers that offers very specific guidelines on how to minimize the potential for them and their families from being victims. It covers how to lock down social media profiles, financial records, home WIFIs, online shopping and passwords. A small amount of these booklets updated in 2019, have previously been provided by STIC to a handful of agencies based on need. The booklet was recently updated in June of 2021. ILEAS set aside funds to start providing these for officers and deputies across the State. Qualified member agencies have been notified by email regarding the process for applying. There is no cost and ILEAS will pay for the shipping for the time being for this first batch. Agencies are asked not to reproduce or redistribute these booklets beyond your agency.
On August 7, 2021, the PEACEMAKER PROJECT 703 will hold the Honor Celebration and Parade in Monticello. PEACEMAKER PROJECT 703 is a foundation created by the widow and family of Champaign PD Officer Chris Oberheim who was murdered in the line of duty on May 19, 2021. PEACEMAKER PROJECT 703 proactively supports law enforcement officers and their families through community outreach, reform and education. The Honor Celebration will include kids games, pedal pull, food and in the evening entertainment. For more information, please check out this promotional flyer.
The Illinois Terrorism Task Force is embarking on the development of a new Illinois homeland security strategy. All public safety organizations are encouraged to assist with the development of this statewide strategy that will guide homeland security activities in the future and ensure a consistent and coordinated approach to preparedness. The new Illinois homeland security strategy is called Vision 2025. To be successful, the strategy development process must be a comprehensive conversation with the whole community about our collective vision for Illinois’ future strategic homeland security goals and capabilities. The benefits of having a unified homeland security strategy include:
- Provides a clear, unified path for preparedness
- Delivers an operational posture of efficiency
- Creates a structure to maximize the allocation of limited resources
- Establishes a standard framework to address threats and risks to which the state is most vulnerable
- Ensures the homeland security community is proactive opposed to reactive to emergency threats and risks
A one-day FREE Illinois School Safety Conference is being held on October 5, 2021 at the White Eagles Events and Convention Center in Niles, Illinois. This conference will cover all things related to school safety in Illinois. Sponsors include the IL. Stte Board of Education, IL Emergency Management Agency, Illinois State Police, Illinois School Resource Officers' Assocaition, Archdiocese of Chicgo Office of Catholic Schools and several others. There will be 27 speakers to choose from, lunch is provided and vendors will be on site. This conference is for school administrators, police, fire, social workers and safety/emergency managers. Click here for the announcement and registration instructions.