How Common Is 'White-Collar' Police Misconduct?

Nov 6, 2015
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Officials announced Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz staged his suicide as a homicide and he embezzled thousands of dollars from the department’s youth program. But how common is that kind of misconduct within law enforcement?

Misconduct of any kind happens everywhere and in every profession. It happens particularly with anyone who has access to a large fund.

That’s according to Jonathan Blanks, a research associate for the Cato Institute...a libertarian think tank.

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Lake County officials are pushing to train local police officers to help reduce the number of repeat criminal offenders among those with mental illness.

The county board is expected to set aside $35,000 for a police training program at College of Lake County. The county also received a $1 million substance abuse and mental health grant to focus on early police intervention to stem repeat criminal behavior among mentally ill offenders.

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Starting Thursday, more than 150 people from all parts of the criminal justice system with gather at Washington University to ponder a radical remake of the way this country uses incarceration.

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UPDATE: 2:10 p.m., 9/2/15

About 100 investigators are actively working on the investigation into the death of Fox Lake Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, Lake County law enforcement officials told a news conference this morning. Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko said the active force is down from 400 during Tuesday's initial response.

No additional details were given of the three suspects -- described simply as two white males and one black male -- in the officer's death.

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Getting a speeding ticket in Illinois will cost you an additional $5, at least. It's part of a new state law regulating police body cameras.

A year after Ferguson, Missouri erupted in protests following the shooting of Michael Brown, Illinois has a law that's described as "landmark."

That $5 per $40 in fines tacked onto traffic citations will be used to create a fund police departments can draw on to pay for the cameras. Once they get them, the law sets standards for their use.

Context - Safe Neighborhoods, Safe City: Changing Roles of Police and Community
Maria Boynton

There’s been a lot of news about strained relationships between police officers and the citizens they serve.   Police officials say they’re making changes to improve relations and build trust within the community but critics claim not enough is being done.

WNIJ's public forum, “Context - Safe Neighborhoods, Safe City: Changing Roles of Police and Community,” was held Thursday, August 27, 2015, at the Kresge Hall in the Riverfront Museum Park, in Rockford.

WNIJ Reporter Sue Stephens moderated the Context panel. Guests were:

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Police could soon be forced to hand out documentation when they stop someone. 

Members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus say they have heard from constituents who claim they are repeatedly stopped by authorities. In some cases, more than once per day.

The lawmakers’ response is a plan to require officers hand out what are called “stop receipts.”

Representative Mary Flowers, a Democrat from Chicago, supports the idea:

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Four police officers were released on a $10,000 bond Monday after they were charged with lying under oath in a 2013 drug case. 

Police Sgt. James Padar and officers William Pruente and Vince Morgan, all from Chicago, and Glenview officer James Horn were charged with felony perjury. There were questions about how evidence in a marijuana arrest was obtained.

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Most students learn the fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects citizens from police searches and seizures. But how are police trained in the difference between reasonable suspicion and probable cause?

Police training in the state of Illinois -- whether it's full-time, part-time, military or quasi-military style -- requires 480 hours altogether.  Forty of those are called scenario training.

Police Recruitment Is Harder Than It Looks

Jun 3, 2015
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Police departments across the country face new criticism in staff diversity now more than ever. But it's difficult to get -- and keep -- qualified and diverse candidates.

"Truthfully, recruitment is probably one of the toughest things that a small agency in particular, or a medium-sized agency, goes through," Cora Beem, the manager of mandated training for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, said.