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OPS Director Joins Effort to Address Crimes Against Women

April 22, 2013

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University Office of Public Safety Director Scott Harris has been chosen as one of 22 selected law enforcement executives from across the state to participate in the Illinois Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women hosted by The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

According to Susie Nichols, director of Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute based at WIU, the purpose of the IACP institute is to raise the response to violence against women crimes higher on law enforcement's agenda and to support the adoption of best practices by the officers.

During the four-day program, which will be held in East Peoria, participants will explore innovative approaches for investigating crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Additional attention will center on assessing agency performance and sharing challenges and solutions with law enforcement colleagues. In an effort to help law enforcement agencies enhance their response to crimes of violence against women, the institute will focus on planning and methods for effective resource allocation to help crime victims and hold perpetrators accountable.

"I look forward to working with other law enforcement executives to address the issue of crimes against women and to better enhance our investigations and prosecution of these crimes," Harris noted. "Information and techniques learned at this institute will allow agencies in our region to better assist individuals who are the victims of crime."

Expenses for participants to attend the institute are covered under a grant to the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board from the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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