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Kane County state's attorney lauds special police training, academy to introduce youth to careers

Summer academy to introduce youth to law enforcement careers

Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon
Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon

ST. CHARLES – Law enforcement officers from across Kane County learned how to deal with violent incidents resulting in mass casualties at a recent police training program, whose keynote speakers dealt with the aftermath of the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in 2012.

At his monthly news briefing, Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said about 80 attended the annual training program, which also covered updates in search and seizure rules, changes in juvenile justice regulations and how to navigate the recently introduced Odyssey software program for Kane County’s case management system.

The keynote speakers discussing the fatal shooting of six by a white supremacist at the Sikh Temple were Police Chief Steve Anderson and Capt. Mike Bolender of Oak Creek, Wis.

McMahon said they shared the lessons learned from investigating the case along with practical tips on how law enforcement can prepare for such an event.

He said keynote speakers in years past have included representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as a special agent from the Chicago office of the FBI who worked on the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing attack.

Attending the training program were people ranging from rookie officers to several police chiefs.

“[Primarily,] the men and women who are on the street – front line,” McMahon said.

McMahon also extends an invitation to Kane County youth ages 14 to 18 to enroll in the free Law Enforcement Academy taking place this summer.

“The youth academy is a great program,” McMahon said. “I hope [it will] pique their interest.”

He said it’s designed for young adults who are interested in careers in law enforcement to learn about the criminal justice system. The participants will travel across the area to visit crime labs, learn about federal resources, visit the state’s attorney’s office and meet members of the judiciary as part of the curriculum.

An orientation program for parents and youth will begin at 6:30 p.m. June 8 at the Aurora Police Department, 1200 E. Indian Trail, Aurora. The academy is limited to 50 students, and the registration deadline is May 5. The academy will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 19 to Aug. 2, capped by graduation Aug. 3. For information, call Pam Bradley, the academy director, at the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office at 630-262-5107.

Looking ahead to the election, McMahon issued a reminder that voters who observe or experience voting problems or irregularities during the consolidated election April 4 should call his office to report the problems at 630-208-5328. Assistant state’s attorneys will be available to respond to any incidents.

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