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Law Enforcement from across Southern Illinois Gather for 19th Annual Summit

The 19th annual Southern Illinois Criminal Justice Summit (SICJS) was held in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, on February 27 and 28, 2019. Approximately 400 criminal justice executives from federal, state, county, and local departments attended the two-day summit. The goal of the SICJS is to provide quality training to criminal justice executives in Southern Illinois. The SICJS seeks out nationally recognized individuals, who are considered experts in their field, to present at the conference. The presenters cover current topics and trends that are important for today’s criminal justice executive and the agencies they represent. The SICJS also provides a great opportunity for attendees to network with those who are dealing with similar problems and concerns.

“The SICJS has always and will continue to be an informative conference and always relays pertinent information which benefits Police Executives in Southern Illinois,” stated East Alton Chief of Police Darren Carlton. “Each year the summit brings different topics which are relevant to the Law Enforcement Community of Southern Illinois. As a representative of the Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the Summit each year,” continued Carlton.

The theme of this year’s summit was; The Health and Wellness of the Law Enforcement Culture. Information shared included:

Tragedy and Aftermath – The Dallas Shooting Incident. Presented by Sergeant Larry Gordon, Dallas Police Department.

Leadership for Reducing Organizational Stress in Law Enforcement. Presented by Chief Kent Williams (retired), Breach Point Consulting.

Valor Program – Law Enforcement Suicides. Presented by Doctor Laura King, McHenry County Conservation District Chief of Police.

Illinois Legislative Updates

The SICJS Committee and Sponsors are: Edwardsville Police Department; Effingham Police Department; Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police; Illinois Department of Children and Family Services; Illinois Department on Aging; Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System; Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute: Illinois State Police, Illinois State Police Command Officers’ Association; Mobile Training Units 13, 14, and 15; Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association; St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department; St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office; Southwestern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission; and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois.