Continual training is absolutely critical in maintaining a safe and professional police force. I would provide the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department with a training academy that is state of the art, and would ensure that regular comprehensive training is provided for officers and supervisors alike.
Provide yearly/monthly redundant training to officers in areas such as:
Use of Force
Updates in State and/or City law changes
CIT Training (Crisis Intervention Training)
Department Policies and Procedures
Creation of a Training program that is not reactive but proactive. Continuing Education Training.
Current Street Gang Trends
Less Lethal Weapon Tactics (Tasers)
Peer Intervention and Officer Wellbeing
Training will be comprehensive and continuous, utilizing classroom, scenario based, online training and roll calls.
Sworn Members must attend 80 hrs. of new and/or continued training per year.
In addition to the current annual weapons qualifications, Sworn Personnel would also be mandated to pass yearly trainings in:
Use of Force
Supervisory training in accountability
Supervisory training in ethics
An online feedback portal would be established to allow sworn members to recommend training needs or recommendations for improvements in training curriculum.
CPD Staff and Command School
Currently, upon promotion, CPD members attend “Sergeants School,” “Detective School,” “Lieutenant’s School,” and “Captains School” — all of which are well known throughout CPD to be “a joke” with unacceptable and often times worthless training that does not actually prepare individuals for their promotional roles.
CPD also sends supervisors to various Staff and Command schools (some very costly) in Boston, at Northwestern University, and at the FBI Academy.
Rather than useless internal “training” and costly exterior trainings, CPD should employ experts to host a comprehensive CPD Staff and Command School
Programs within the Staff and Command school would be tailored to train for each merit rank, and the length of each training would range from two weeks to twelve weeks depending on the rank.
These trainings would mirror the content at Northwestern’s Staff and Command, the FBI National Academy, and other renowned programs, but would also be tailored to CPD’s unique policies and procedures.
This will allow supervisors to engage in thoughtful immersion in CPD’s policies, current operational strategies and will increase the overall well-being of the department.
The goal is to have the CPD Staff and Command School nationally recognized like Northwestern University’s Staff and Command School, FBI’s Command School and the Southern Police Institute out of the University of Louisville.
The CPD Staff and Command School can operate out of CPD Training Academy.The CPD Staff and Command School would also offer continuing education law enforcement training classes open to ANY member.
Classes for example: Writing Search Warrants, Executing Search Warrants, Firearms Tactics training, Interview and Interrogation classes, etc.
The CPD Staff and Command School would mirror topics and training like the mentioned schools in key elements of dynamic leadership, the supervisory challenge (role of the supervisor), Communication skills, Employee performance appraisal, Motivational principles, Managing the problem employee, Effective planning and decision making, being a responsibilities of a staff officer, Ethics, professionalism and community image, and Case studies in effective supervision.
By developing an improved internal CPD Staff and Command School sworn members would be able to provide feedback to the CPD Staff and Command School on current street trends and tactics to allow for continual development of relevant training.
Feedback will allow the Department to make adjustments to crime strategies and other operations.Allowing members to provide feedback gives the members a sense of pride and support that their voices and experiences are being heard.