Breakout Sessions - Summary
ILACP Annual Conference 2018
Friday, April 27, 2018
Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette
501 N. Main Street, Peoria, Illinois


8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. – Marquette Salon B
Leadership and PTSD: How leaders can prepare for potentially traumatic events
Jada Hudson, LPPC, and Chief Jamie Evans, Roscoe PD

This training will explore the factors that contribute to how an individual assesses a potentially traumatic event (PTE) and what leaders can do to develop subordinates who are prepared, hardy, socially supported, and able to process the PTE afterward. The goal of this training is to teach first responder leaders how to engage a leadership style that empowers their fellow first responders to be open, honest, and emotionally well despite the potentially traumatic and life-threatening experiences they may face on the job.


8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. – Cheminee Ballroom
A conversation with Illinois NAACP leaders about Shared Principles and more
Presented with Illinois NAACP State Conference leaders


8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Illinois room
ILEAP: Getting started and anything you want to know about Illinois accreditation
Lt. Jeff Hamer, Macomb PD, ILEAP Coordinator for ILACP

This session will provide administrators, accreditation managers, and decision makers with knowledge of what accreditation is, how it benefits the agency, the accreditation process, tips for success, paper files vs. using Power DMS, and success stories in accreditation. This will be an updated session from last year and will include a Power DMS component and demonstration.


9:35 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. – Marquette Salon B
Officer Health, Wellness, and Fitness
Assistant Chief Stephen Petrilli, Normal PD

Petrilli, a police officer for nearly twenty years, is a CrossFit L1 trainer, CrossFit Competitor, owner and Head Coach of “Ignite,” which is a high school-age strength and conditioning program in Bloomington, IL. He has successfully completed coursework for Power Athlete Methodology L1. His presentation will be a deeper dive on the subject of officer wellness/fitness.  He will discuss common mistakes and misinformation on health, wellness and fitness topics and will discuss relevant information to consider when developing a successful fitness and wellness program for police agencies. Attendees will get increased knowledge of proper nutrition, disease prevention, sleep, hydration, insulin response, inflammation, supplementation and strength training.


9:35 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. – Cheminee Ballroom
School Shootings: Law Enforcement’s Role in Preventing Targeted Violence
Chief Aaron Woodruff, Illinois State University Police Department

A more detailed description of this very timely topic will be posted soon.


9:35 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. – Illinois Room
Dealing With Fentanyl on the Street and in Your Policies
Lt. Robert Gembara and Janie Martin, ISP Blue Ghost Consultants

This session will identify policies and provide a foundation for the development of guidelines for all white powder interactions, discuss OSHA/IDOL Respiratory Protection Program (RPP) requirements, decontamination options and officer safety.  Recent real-world, Illinois-based case studies will be debriefed to provide an analysis of best practices. The presentation will provide a foundation from attendees can build their department's policies and identify gaps in their current practices.  


10:30 a.m. - 12 noon – Marquette Salon B
What are all those training mandates?
Kelly Griffith and Pat Connolly, Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board

No question that law enforcement has to address more and more training mandates. The ILETSB experts will be there to explain what they are and ways to fulfill them. This description will be updated with more information in the near future, so stay tuned.


10:30 a.m. - 12 noon – Cheminee Ballroom
Employment Law: Handling a workplace injury
Yvette Heintzelman and Jill Leka, Clark Baird Smith

This program utilizes a scenario concerning a public safety employee who suffers a workplace injury. It provides a primer on the applicable laws and processes in the event the individual provides certifications that he or she is unable to return to work. Chiefs will also receive guidance on the impact of certain issues if the employee continues to work for the employer and/or is ultimately separated from employment. Finally, the presenters will analyze and discuss best practices (and potential pitfalls) in handling this scenario in the early stages of the employer’s investigation, which typically affects the municipality’s ability to defend any related claim months (or years) in the future.


10:30 a.m. – 12 noon – Illinois Room
Recruiting for Diversity in Law Enforcement: The JROTC Solution
Deputy Chief Jason Cates, Oak Brook PD

The Oak Brook Police Department established a Recruiting Team from experienced veterans in department. The team’s goal: “Attract, develop and retain the best and brightest from all walks of life and backgrounds.” The team met with multiple JROTC Units in an effort to identify programs open to developing a positive, long-term relationship with the Oak Brook Police Department.” In doing so, the team hoped to cultivate a diverse group of law enforcement applicants. George Westinghouse College Prep and Mooseheart Academy were selected and agreed to participate in the program. Learn how the Oak Brook PD established law enforcement clubs at each school and how officers interacted with the students. Feedback from the officers and the students has been overwhelmingly positive.