Working with Others

Secure 1776 is proud to be working with others to advance public safety and enhance the policing profession. Our collaboration efforts include the following agencies and organizations. Working with others is a key to enhancing the profession.

Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board – Executive Institute

At the invitation of the ILETSB-EI, Thomas Lemmer, the founder of Secure 1776, has been tasked with developing and presenting a half-day training session, entitled “Why and How to Measure Police Performance,” for Illinois police chiefs and command staff. This training session is part of the state training board’s comprehensive three-week training program: Police Executive Role in the 21st Century (PER21C). Interested Illinois police executives and command personnel can register for the full training program via the program overview page. Lemmer is also in the process of developing a full-day course for the ILETSB-EI covering the related topics of supervisory engagement and management accountability.

Lemmer has previously developed training for the Executive Institute on the topics of supervisory engagement and the development of a school violence response plan. A one-hour webinar version of the course “Understanding the Eight Levels of Supervisory Engagement” is currently available via the ILETSB-EI Online Learning Network.

Warriors on the Wall

Jim Bontrager, founder of the Warriors on the Wall,” describes the effort as “a network of like-minded public servants fully engaged in a Heaven-sent mission to bring life and hope to their families, communities and country.” In addition to running the annual “Breaching the Barricade Law Enforcement Conference,” and an annual police appreciation day, the project actively advances fellowship and life-skills development for law enforcement officers and their families.

Thomas Lemmer, the founder of Secure 1776, is assisting in the effort to better understand the role leadership has within the profession and enhance its positive impact. Leadership is among the most complex and challenging areas of the law enforcement profession. In order for the profession to meet its public safety mission, effective  leadership must occur at all levels, and in a manner consistent with community expectations. Strengthening the bonds within policing and between the police and larger community is an all-levels leadership challenge. Among the collaborative efforts under this project, Lemmer has initiated our comprehensive Leadership Video Series. This series is available here under “Our Published Videos” section and via the Warriors on the Wall site.

TJL at BTB 2021

Lemmer presented two courses at the October 8, 2021, “Breaching the Barricade” conference. First, the “Responding to a Tragedy-Free Policing, Or Else Standard” course. Second, our in-person course version of our “All-Levels Leadership” video series. Lemmer has already agreed to present at the next “Breaching the Barricade” conference on September 30, 2022.

Watch Jim Bontrager’s conference and appreciation day three-minute video wrap-up clip.

Warriors on the Wall: Jim Bontrager’s Summary of the 2021 Conference and Appreciation Day | Posted 20 Oct 2021.

Also view the promo video we prepared for the October 2021 BTB conference. This two-minute video gives an overview of our “Responding to a Tragedy-Free Policing, Or Else Standard” course.

Breaching the Barricade Conference Presentation Video Introduction | Conference Date 8 Oct 2021:
Responding to a Tragedy-Free Policing, Or Else Standard

Other Collaboration Ideas?

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Working with others is a key to advancing public safety and enhancing the policing profession. Do you have an idea on where Secure 1776 might participate in another collaboration effort impacting public safety or enhancing the profession? Let us know.

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