Aledo chief Sponsler joins Illinois effort to address crimes of violence against women

Posted Online: April 19, 2013, 8:43 pm
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Aledo Police Chief J. Michael Sponsler has been named one of several 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).

IACP wants to raise response to violence against women crimes higher on law enforcement's agenda and support adoption of best practices by the Aledo Police Department.

During the four-day Institute in East Peoria, Chief Sponsler and 22 other selected participants, will explore innovative approaches for investigating domestic violence crimes, sexual assault and stalking. Attention also will center on assessing agency performance and sharing challenges and solutions with law enforcement colleagues.

To help law enforcement agencies enhance response to crimes of violence against women, the Illinois Institute will focus on planning and methods for effective resource allocation to help crime victims and hold perpetrators accountable.

Participating law enforcement officials will help develop new strategies for pro-active coordinated community collaboration after returning to their departments.

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

The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world's oldest and largest non-profit membership organization of police executives, with more than 22,500 members in 108 countries.

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