The online voting process for the ILEAS Governing Board co-chair positions is currently underway. Members have until close of business on February 28th to cast their vote. Members should sign onto their ILEAS web page with their passwords and locate the 2019 Governing Board - Vote Now link. Clicking that link will take you to the ballot for your region. Please vote for one Sheriff and one Police Chief. It is important to vote for the two candidates that will represent your interests for ILEAS. As of 2/12/19, 149 votes have been cast out of a potential 1,800 votes. We want you encourage any member agency to sign on and VOTE. ILEAS is only as good as the participation of its members. Questions should be directed to Executive Director Jim Page at 217-328-3800 or email@example.com.
On March 27, 2019, the Springfield FBI Office is hosting a Law Enforcement Symposium at Camp Lincoln in Springfield. Presentations include Domestic Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, Violent Crimes Against Children, Human Trafficking and Civil Rights. The event will also offer an opportunity for local law enforcement to interact with, provide feedback to and network with the FBI. There is no cost to attend; however, space is limited. Reserve your spot by contacting MSA Mark Whitlock at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-494-0655 no later than March 20th. Please note that this event is the day after the close of the ILEAS Conference. Click here for more details.
The IL. Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) has announced a grant to support training for law enforcement personnel. Agencies eligible for this grant must have experience providing training to law enforcement. Applicants must be:
- Government agencies, including state and local law enforcement agencies
- IL Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
- Educational institutions
- Non-profit agencies inclluding Mobile Training Units
Application deadline is March 18, 2019. More details can be found by clicking here.
Both the original (2003) ILEAS mutual aid agreement and the current (2014) Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Agreement (LEMAA) require the Governing Board to develop a mutual aid plan. Section 3.a.2 of the LEMAA states (in part) “The Governing Board shall cause to be promulgated a Plan of Operation for the giving and receiving of Mutual Aid under the provisions of the LEMAA,,,,,,” There was a formal plan developed in 2003. However, it has not been changed since. The ILEAS staff have recently reviewed and updated that plan with revisions that make it more current. Member agencies will not notice any change in operation as the changes reflect the current practices. Click here for the newly updated plan.
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 email@example.com or visist the DHS Science and Technology web page at https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/enhanced-dynamic-geo-social-environment-edge