Criminal Justice
SVCC Trip 2015
  • Trip to Sauk Valley Community College Firearms Simulator


    The CTE Law Enforcement students traveled to Dixon, IL to train on Sauk Valley Community College's (SVCC) firearms simulator.  According to Dr. Jon Mandrell, SVCC's Academic Dean and former Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Sauk, the simulator was purchased together with local law enforcement agencies in Whiteside County, and is used by both students and area law enforcement officers for training.

    The simulator is a fully interactive program that allows trainees to use a glock 9mm pistol, taser, and even a flashlight, all modified with laser technology, to respond to over 500 "use of force" scenarios.  These scenarios range from common law enforcement tasks such as felony stops and domestic violence calls, to school shootings and even prison riot events.  

    Chief Deputy Craig Ketelsen and Deputy Ron Shutts of the Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Department (JDCSD) accompanied the class as chaperones, and forged a relationship with SVCC and Mandrell for future training for JDCSD deputies.  This simulator is a valuable multi-community and multi-agency training resource.


    Law Enforcement students trained in basic handcuffing techniques the week of October 5th.  Students performed basic, standing, kneeling, wall, and prone handcuffing techniques.  This training provides a foundation for future law enforcement training, including the upcoming "Speed-cuff" training on 11/5 by retired Chicago Police Officer and Academy Instructor Jim Marsh.  


    *Check out our slideshow below!

  •    Fingerprint Training Week for Law Enforcement Students 

    This week, the Law Enforcement students are recording, processing and identifying fingerprints.

    First students arre taught to record a set of fingerprints according to federal guidelines using standard fingerprint cards.  Then students are taught to process latent fingerprints using charcoal based powder and fiberglass brushes.  Once processed, students will lift the prints onto identification cards, and identify the owner.  This is done by examining consistencies in general fingerprint patterns, and specific ridge characteristics.

    Students managed to make quite a mess with the black powder and ink, but positive identifications were made by all! 

    *Check out our 2015 fingerprint training slideshow below!

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