Glenview outlines police policy on lethal force

  • Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.comParticipants took a knee in Glenview two weeks ago during a 46-second moment of silence at protest for racial justice.

    Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.comParticipants took a knee in Glenview two weeks ago during a 46-second moment of silence at protest for racial justice.

 
 
Posted6/20/2020 7:43 PM

In the wake of recent incidences (in the country) of lethal violence involving law enforcement officials, the Village of Glenview wants residents to know the policies by which the Glenview Police Department operates.

The department is committed to treating all people with dignity and respect and to afford everyone equal protection. The authority to control, deter and prevent crime depends on the trust of our community.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Standardized policies and training are provided through Lexipol, as well as updates based on new law, legislation, court rulings and best practices.

The updates are reviewed internally by command staff and provided to officers and supervisors. All of them must read and sign a document indicating they have read and understand all department policies.

Some of those policies address the use of restraint in detaining suspects.

Specifically with regard to chokeholds and strangleholds:

Officers shall not apply direct pressure to the throat, windpipe or airway of a person with the intent to reduce or prevent the intake of air unless deadly force is justified.

Officers shall not use a chokehold or any less contact with the throat or neck area of another in order to prevent the destruction of evidence by ingestion.

Glenview policy requires an officer to intervene if another officer is observed using force that is clearly beyond reasonable. Further, an officer shall, if possible, intercede to prevent the use of unreasonable force. An officer who observes another employee use force that exceeds the degree of force permitted by law should promptly report these observations to a supervisor.

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The Glenview Police Department has always proactively provided the most up-to-date training to its officers to ensure appropriate response to the diverse needs of our community.

All officers go through Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, and more than 95 percent of the department's sworn and civilian employees are CIT certified.

This 40-hour course is offered through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board to officers who have completed two years of service.

Additionally, officers receive ongoing training in:

--Mental illness signs and symptoms

--Child and adolescent issues

--Geriatric issues

--Substance abuse

--Verbal de-escalation and tactical response

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

--Returning veterans and PTSD

--Risk assessment and crisis intervention skills

--Medical conditions and psychotropic medications

--Autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities

The department also participates in diversity/inclusivity training, along with implicit and explicit bias training. The training includes both classroom instruction and scenario-based dialogue to better teach and prepare officers for real world interactions with a diverse population with varying backgrounds and needs.

Glenview officers enforce the law but does so through community policing. This collaboration between police and the community aims to identify and solve community problems in order to enhance the safety and quality of our neighborhoods.

The department does not at this time have body-worn cameras but does use in-squad video cameras. It is always in the process of researching new technology.

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