ILEAS has been asked by the ILEAS Foundation to announce that the Foundation is partnering with First Tactical to offer an introductory discount of 20% from any item purchased on their website catalog. In addition to the discount, First Tactical is donating 7% of the sale to the ILEAS Foundation. For more information on how you can get the discount, please follow this link to the ILEAS Foundation home page.
On May 30th, the ILEAS North WMD Special Response Team and the NIPAS Emergency Response Team assisted the Drug Enforcement Agency (IDEA) with the service of two simultaneous federal search warrants in Arlington Heights and Mundelein. The WMD SRT and NIPAS teams were used because the potential for exposure to fentanyl existed. Both teams have been equipped and trained to manage tactical operations in a contaminated or potentially contaminated environment. Unprotected exposure to fentanyl is dangerous to law enforcement during such operations. Therefore, the extensive training and high level equipment these two team possess facilitated the successful service of these warrants. Charges against the suspects were announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Brian McKnight the Special Agent in Charge for the DEA Chicago Office, John Lausch, Jr. the US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and Gabriel Grchan, the Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Internal Revenue Service Criminal Office in Chicago. ILEAS is proud that we have created the capability in Illinois to successfully support federal agencies in their efforts to protect the citizens from the illegal distribution of dangerous drugs. For more details, please see the DEA Press Release. Video of the teams' activities involving the search warrants can be seen here.
On March 16, 2018, the Illinois Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), Joe Galvin from the IL. Emergency Management Agency, issued an open letter to the public agency community in Illinois regarding FirstNet. Now that AT&T has been selected as the FirstNet provider and Governor Rauner signed the opt-in letter, public agencies in Illinois have the option of using FirstNet. A signficant effort has been made to educate the public safety community about FirstNet. However, now that it is actually here, we are sure that questions remain. Please click here to see the letter. ILEAS still employs FirstNet staff and will be glad to assist, advise and provide information as you need it. If you have any questions whatsoever, contact Joe Galvin at email@example.com or reach out to ILEAS.
The military has used video game-style simulations for years to train their soldiers. Now, that technology will be available to train first responders on active shooter incidents. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory joined forces to create a virtual training platform, available free to all response agencies nationwide.
First pilot-tested in 2013, Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) allows responders from law enforcement, fire, EMS, dispatch, and unified command to assume discipline-based avatars and role-play complex response scenarios. Responders outfit their avatar, navigate the simulation and respond to threats based on their department’s policies. Each person determines their avatar’s actions, meaning the simulation plays out differently each time. EDGE was designed to allow people to take part in training simultaneously from different locations. This supports single- and multi-agency use which reduces training costs due to travel. It encourages different agencies or jurisdictions to train together by reducing barriers. Interagency exercises and drills develop a stronger and more effective response.
The scenario currently available is of an active shooter at a hotel armed also with Molotov cocktails. A second scenario, a school shooting environment, is planned for release this fall. Agencies interested in obtaining a free copy of the EDGE hotel scenario or who have general EDGE inquiries may contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visist the DHS Science and Technology web page at https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/enhanced-dynamic-geo-social-environment-edge
|ILEAS is honored to recognize The Kenilworth Police Department for their participation and completion of the Agency Preparedness Program. On 22 January 2018, Chief Dave Miller was presented the ILEAS Agency Preparedness Award at the Kenilworth Village Board Meeting by ILEAS Regional Planning Coordinator, Jim Hutton. Executive Director Jim Page and the entire ILEAS staff commend Chief Miller, Sergeant Padilla and the men and women of the Kenilworth Police Department for their efforts in successfully completing all components of the Program.|
ILEAS believes the Agency Preparedness Program sets a good foundation for the challenge of readiness. ILEAS hopes to improve and expand upon the Program annually by adding relevant objectives to help your agency stay current and maintain preparedness for years to come.
Since inception, ILEAS has remained committed to enhancing Law Enforcement mutual aid through its motto: “Strength through Cooperation”. We feel this program is another way agencies can prepare themselves before disaster strikes in order to come to aid of the citizens they serve. For more information on the ILEAS Agency Preparedness Program, go to your ILEAS member site and click agency preparedness program (APP). If your Agency would like to participate in this program, please contact your ILEAS Regional Planning Coordinator
ILEAS and the IL Department of Public Health are partnering on a grant entitled, "Empowering and Equipping Law Enforcement and Communities in Rural Illinois to Reduce Opioid Overdose." The goal of the grant is to equip every squad car in 18 specific rural counties in Downstate Illinois with naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The grant will also provide for training, follow up care, referrals and care coordination in the targeted counties. Other agencies involved are the IL Department of Human Services Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Heartland Human Services, Bethany Place and the Illinois Broadcasters' Association. For more information, see this IDPH media release and http://dph.illinois.gov/naloxone. Follow this link for Grant Information