The OSWC has developed a Basic Home Contact Safety Training to help new or veteran officers develop their safety skillset. Over the course of 2 days participants learn about situational awareness, how to approach a home, the importance of emergency code words, dwelling types, officer safety mindset, and much more. On day 2 of the training participants pair up into teams and conduct mock scenario home visits with actors and observers. Following the home visits participants are given immediate feedback to help reinforce what has been learned. IPCSA and the OSWC is appreciative of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System for allowing us to utilize their facility in Urbana, Illinois to conduct this training.
Since the program started, the IPCSA Officer Safety and Wellness Committee has trained over 100 officers from around the State of Illinois in Basic Home Visit Safety.
Officer Evan Gregg from Kankakee County has over 15 years of field supervision experience. Officer Gregg is currently an Intensive Sex Offender Supervision Officer and conducted his Master’s Thesis on Home Contact Safety. Officer Gregg is a member of the IPCSA, Officer Safety and Wellness Committee and Co-Chair of the IPCSA, Sex Offender Committee.
Officer Mic Seward from Tazewell County has over 16 years of field experience. Officer Seward is currently an Intensive High Risk Offender Supervision Officer and is a Co-Chair of the IPCSA, Officer Safety and Wellness Committee.
Officer Jennifer Crites from Champaign County has over 16 years of field supervision experience. Jennifer is currently an Adult Standard Probation Officer. Jennifer has prior experience working as a Child Care Counselor and Child Advocate in a local residential facility in Illinois.
The first training was held at ILEAS on September 29-30, 2015. See the following comments from some of the participants from the first session;
- “I was able to identify some things I’m doing in the field that are potentially dangerous.”
- I learned…”Two officers at a home visit reduce risk by 70%.”
- I learned…”How to approach a home.”
- “I’ve been working in the prob field since 1991 & this training was helpful. Thank you!”
- “I would tell fellow officers to consider attending this training. Very informative.”
The session was held at ILEAS on April 12-13, 2016. See the following comments from some of the participants from the second session;
- “I learned how important it is to be aware of my surroundings and where and how to look for indicators.”
- “I think this training would be beneficial for all officers to attend. Older officers tend to get complacent and a refresher in home visits would be good.”
- “great training–very informative and applicable”
The session was held at ILEAS on September 12-13, 2016. See the following comments from some of the participants from the third session;
- “Would love the bring the training to my county.”
- “That no matter what we do – Officer Safety is of the utmost importance.”
- “Role play- surprisingly – fun and very useful.”
This session was held at ILEAS on June 27-28, 2017. See the following comments from some of the participants;
- “Great presentation. Helpful and applicable”
- “Very good knowledge of safety & concern. Always made point to tell you to refer to your department policy”
- “I hate role playing – it haunts me – but I enjoyed these! :)”
Session #5: Will be scheduled in 2018. The waiting list is ALMOST full. If you are interested in attending a session in 2018, please contact Tina Varney at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 553-4180 so that you can be placed on the waiting list. The committee will not schedule another training until there is a demonstrated need.
THANK YOU: The OSWC would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the following people;
- Joe Gordon and Champaign County Court Services for incredible hospitality, providing food and beverage along with staff to help with acting and observing the participants
- John Prinzi and Will County Probation for providing staff to help with acting and observing the participants
- John Horan from Tazewell County, Tom Latham from the 21st Circuit and Joe Gordon from Champaign County, for allowing their incredible staff to devote the time to prepare and facilitate our training. Many, many people are better off because of your support!
- The numerous staff throughout the State of Illinois who have helped our committee with the scenarios. Your acting skills are beyond compare and have truly benefitted your fellow colleagues. Keep up the great work.