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    Jan 08, 2021

       URGENT- WE NEED YOUR HELP 

          By Shawn Roselieb, Executive Director - Friday, January 8, 2021

    Subject: REJECT HB163

        

    To all concerned Illinois citizens:

       

             Illinois legislators have filed a 611 page bill which was drafted without input from law enforcement. The bill will be voted on during the current LAME DUCK SESSION. The proposed legislation will make your police and communities less safe.

       

             Please go to the ILFOP Website http://www.ILFOP.org you will see "New Bill Will Eliminate Law Enforcement."  Click on the tab that says "Help Fight This Bill."  This will open a petition to sign opposing HB163. Fill in the blanks and click submit. This will send an email to ALL the Legislators!  This will let your legislators know we will not stand for this!  Please pass this along to family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers as they can fill this out also.  This bill must be stopped!


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    Jan 01, 2021

       Macon County SAO Civilians 

          By Shawn Roselieb, Executive Director - Friday, January 1, 2021


             The FOP Labor Council gladly welcomes its newest unit – the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office Civilians.  Our new brothers and sisters provide important support services for the special investigations and prosecutions directed by the SAO.  Their first Contract was quickly and professionally negotiated and established for the first time a grievance process,  just-cause job-rights, a guaranteed cap on health insurance contributions, and set schedules and overtime rules. Well done – and welcome!


    Dec 28, 2020

              

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    December 28, 2020

    Contacts listed at end of release

    Illinois Law Enforcement Coalition issues Safe Communities and Law Enforcement Modernization Strategy

                SPRINGFIELD – A coalition representing Illinois law enforcement leadership and rank-and-file officers has issued a 15-point plan in a Safe Communities and Law Enforcement Modernization Strategy. The proposal is designed to build trust and stronger relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

                The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) State Lodge, FOP Labor Council, FOP Chicago Lodge 7, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police have formed the Illinois Law Enforcement Coalition and have been working on these strategies since summer to improve community safety and enhance the trust.

                “The Coalition members all support modernization that would improve the criminal justice system for all Illinoisans and create a better trained law enforcement community,” said Illinois Association of Chiefs Executive Director Ed Wojcicki. “As law enforcement professionals, we want to take the leading role in modernizing policing and keeping our communities safe.”

                The Coalition's Safe Community and Police Modernization Strategy for 2021 includes the following 15 points:

                Voices of crime victims:  Coalition members continue to be outspoken advocates for crime victims. Without the dedication, hard work and compassion of law enforcement professionals, most victims would never experience justice.

                Co-responder model pilot projects: Having law enforcement access to a social worker or mental health professional would be very beneficial in specific incidents. There are many parts of the state where this is not only a financial issue, but also one of finding available social workers.

                Mental health services: We support additional resources for mental health services and other resources that might provide an alternative to arrest, but these resources should not be used to reduce law enforcement funding. We also need more de-escalation and crisis intervention training for law enforcement officers to better handle these situations.

                Funding for community resources: Provide adequate state funding for local agencies such as, but not limited to, local mental health and substance abuse providers, social workers, and county and municipal jails.

                Recognize Illinois’ leadership in reforms: Here is a partial list of the training already required for Illinois officers on a regular basis: Use of force; civil rights; legal updates; cultural competency; procedural justice (voice, fairness, transparency, impartiality); human rights; sexual assault trauma-informed response.

                Training and funding for training: Provide adequate state funding for all training requirements, including the academies, and for the additional costs incurred by agencies when other officers are taking the training.

                Body cameras: We continue to support the use of body cameras, and we have recommended several major changes in state law that would eliminate burdensome impediments and costs that now cause many departments not to use them.

                Get rid of bad cops: Strengthen Illinois policies and procedures regarding the dismissal and decertification of sworn officers, with appropriate due process. Expand the list of offenses that lead to automatic decertification and prohibit truly bad cops either in Illinois or from other states from job hopping from one department to the next.

                Use of force reporting: The FBI has developed a national database for all local agencies to report use of force for officer-involved shootings, and we support mandating participation by all agencies in this database.

                Reporting misconduct: We support developing use of force reporting forms to include when an officer actively points a weapon, actively points a taser, or goes hands on beyond normal handcuffing.

                Collective bargaining: We support an expedited collective bargaining arbitration process. This would alleviate the issues that allow cases to drag on for a long time. Due process must be provided to law enforcement officers as it is to anyone.

                Use of force standardized policy: A national consensus policy on the use of force from the International Association of Chiefs of Police has been used by many organizations and would provide a sound starting point in Illinois.

                School Resource Officers: Many school districts in the state are adding School Resource Officers and believe in their value, in many cases because of the threat of an increase in school shootings. Any decision on maintaining School Resource Officers and funding them should remain at the local level.

                Officer wellness and support: We continue to support efforts to promote officer wellness and have been actively working with the new suicide prevention task force.

                Recruitment: Agencies continue to look for ways to develop staff that represent the diversity of the communities they serve. Local governments and community leaders must share the responsibility of recruiting diverse law enforcement agencies.

                “Coalition members support law enforcement modernizations that will improve the criminal justice system for all Illinoisans. The Coalition is willing to work with anyone interested in solving the complex policy issues surrounding the modernization movement here in Illinois,” said FOP State Lodge President Chris Southwood. “At the same time, we will not violate two important basic principles: Law enforcement modernization can’t end up harming the safety of the public we serve, or the safety of the officers charged with protecting the public.”

                In addition to the Coalition's 15-point plan, its members have identified six major areas of concern that appear to be at the top of the list in many police reform discussions.

                Execution of Warrants: No-knock warrants are seldom granted now, but they are a necessary tool depending on the circumstances. Serving warrants is one of the most dangerous activities required of law enforcement professionals, because very often those being served resort to violence.

                “Militarization”: Most of the “military equipment,” or surplus government equipment, being procured by departments is furniture and other office equipment. In addition, untrained citizens think they are seeing “tanks” when in fact it is heavy duty equipment and many of these tools are essential in saving lives and rescuing innocent civilians.
     

                Sworn affidavits: We support the right of people to file a complaint against an officer, but we oppose eliminating the sworn affidavit that must accompany a complaint. There would be too many frivolous complaints and “revenge” complaints if this were eliminated, a situation that existed before the sworn affidavit law was created.

                Qualified immunity: Many people and politicians mistakenly believe that qualified immunity makes it impossible to sue a police officer or department. That is absolutely not true. If it is not part of a total package that would include eliminating immunity for state’s attorneys, judges and state legislators, then it can be only be seen as a clear attack on law enforcement specifically. 

                Detainment and corrections: Detainees are now provided access to phone calls under state law. We already post this information in jails. We would continue to oppose expanding this “access to phone calls” for a variety of safety reasons.

                Reform of bail system: Safeguards must be in place so that judges can determine whether a person under arrest is a threat to society and the likelihood that the person would actually show up in court. Also, too much focus on an arrested person’s rights reduces or eliminates the rights of victims and the legitimate fears that crime victims have about becoming the victims of crimes again.

                “The Illinois Law Enforcement Coalition has been working on strategies to improve community safety and to enhance the trust and support of the community members we serve,” said Illinois Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Jim Kaitschuk. “The Coalition members all support reforms that would improve the criminal justice system for all Illinoisans.”

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    MEDIA CONTACTS FOR ILLINOIS LAW ENFORCEMENT COALITION:

    Illinois Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Jim Kaitschuk, (217) 415-9510

    Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Director Ed Wojcicki (217) 414-7790

    Illinois FOP Labor Council Executive Director Shawn Roselieb (708) 784-1010

    Illinois FOP Chicago Lodge 7 President John Catanzara, Jr. (773) 497-4567


    Dec 23, 2020

       Naperville Patrol

          By Tamara Cummings, General Counsel - Tuesday, December 22, 2020


             Congratulations to the Naperville Patrol Unit for achieving a very good successor agreement. Over the course of the 5 year agreement, the members will receive a wage increase in the amount of 12.5% (not including compounding).  In exchange for a freeze in start pay, a 20 year longevity step was added and only minor health insurance plan design changes will occur during the term of the contract.  Comp time banks were combined and both maximum accumulation and carryover hours were increased.  A voluntary sick leave donation bank was created for officers who suffer certain non-duty injuries or illnesses and run out of benefit time. Many beneficial non-monetary items were added to the contract in the areas of uniform allowance, discipline and the expungement of certain discipline records, notification requirements of officers under investigation, sick leave usage, the promotional process, light duty assignments for officers involved in critical incidents, review of audio and video after an OIS, shift rebidding after the creation of a vacancy, military leave, an incentive based wellness program, a non-punitive incentive based physical fitness program and lateral hires. John Reed, Tom Sheehan, Vince Clark, Eddie Corneliusen and Marco Scalzetti, assisted by Attorney Tamara Cummings, should be congratulated for a job well done!


    Nov 19, 2020

       Moultrie County Deputies and Sergeants

          By Dan Bailey, Field Representative - Thursday, November 19, 2020


             The Moultrie County Deputy unit recently ratified a great deal that includes a nearly 8% increase in wages and an increase to their longevity scale.  The unit will also enjoy an increase in compensatory time.  Unit stewards, Brandon Beckwith and Robert Kidd, did a great job on behalf of their membership.


    Nov 11, 2020

       Reports of Identity Theft 

          By ILFOPLC, Staff - Wednesday, November 11, 2020



    Nov 10, 2020

       Centralia Patrol 

          By Dan Bailey, Field Representative- Tuesday, November 10, 2020


             The Centralia Police bargaining unit should be congratulated on the settlement of their recent contract.  Facing an uphill battle with low wages.   Facing an uphill battle with low wages, the negotiating team switched gears and instead got many benefits expanded that will greatly benefit the unit.  Among those are an increase in CTO, language that personal leave cannot be denied, an increase in residency, reduce minimum vacation increments and secondary employment language.  The team also successfully, negotiated twelve hour shifts language.  The unit did not have to concede a change to their shift bidding process, but was able to negotiate away a more aggressive proposal by the City.  The bargaining unit team consisted of Gary Denton, Ryan Bundy and Billy White.




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