McHenry County Conservation District Police Department employs 11 full time police officers. This consists of 7 Patrol Officers, 4 Shift Sergeants, 1 Administrative Assistant and 1 Chief of Police. All officers begin their training by attending the Illinois State Police Academy. This is a rigorous 10 or 12 week program where the recruit is taught basic police skills through classroom education and scenario-based training. The recruit is challenged both mentally and physically while attending the Academy. Upon arriving, the Recruit must pass their P.O.W.E.R. Test, which consists of sit and reach, sit-ups, bench press and a timed mile and a half run. Through rigorous daily exercise, the recruit is encourage to improve on all standards of the P.O.W.E.R. Test. After graduating from the Academy, the Recruit feels a great sense of accomplishment and is prepared for the next step of his/her training.
Some of the many topics covered are:
- Breath Alcohol Testing/Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
- Case Preparation and Courtroom Testimony
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Community Policing
- Drug Enforcement
- Criminal Law/Crimes in Progress
- Domestic Violence Dynamics
- Effective Police Communications Tactics
- Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC)
- First Responder/CPR
- Firearms Training
- Radio Procedures/Report Writing
- Rights of the Accused
- Rules of Evidence
- Traffic Crash Investigation
- Juvenile Law/Patrol Procedures
- Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure
- Hazardous Materials Awareness
- Illinois Vehicle Code (IVC)
Upon completion of the Academy, the officer enters a field training program. This is on the job training where the Officer is paired up with a Field Training Officer or a Training Sergeant. During this 12 week program, the Officer not only sharpens his/her skills learned in the Academy, but is also introduced to the Illinois Conservation Code and McHenry County Conservation District Ordinance Laws. The Training Program begins with the introduction of such things as vehicles, sites, equipment, and policies and procedures. Under supervision, the Officer slowly takes on more responsibilities and starts to gain confidence in his/her abilities. After successful completion of the first 10 weeks, the Officer will enter a shadow program for the last two weeks. This is where the Officer is handling all matters and his/her Field Training Officer is in close proximity to “shadow” the Officer.
After completing the Field Training Program, the Officer’s training is still not complete. All Officers will become Certified Juvenile Officers, Certified Gang Officers, and Certified Community Policing Officers. All Officers must complete LEADS training and CPR/AED First Aid Training. Other training is specialized to match the interests and talents of the individual officers. For example, the McHenry County Conservation District Police Department has 6 Certified Bike Officers, two Certified Motorcycle Officer, two Evidence Technicians, two Firearms Range Officers, and one Hunter Safety Educators.
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