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Homeland Security Training Institute (HSTI) at College of DuPage

The Homeland Security Training Institute (HSTI) at College of DuPage is focused on education for law enforcement, fire science, first responders and corporate security personnel in the area of homeland security. Through a series of courses in program models such as law enforcement, disaster preparedness, counterterrorism, intelligence, emergency response, NIMS/NRF/ICS, and private sector security, the HSTI continues to develop certification programs for working professionals.

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Providing training to combat threats in today's society is ever changing, and HSTI will continue to be a leader in this area through developing and offering education to meet these challenges. Together with the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, HSTI sets the bar for education of today's current and future generations of emergency responders, private sector security professionals and police officers.

Combined with the multi-faceted Fire Science and Criminal Justice credit programs, College of DuPage is setting the standard in response training for the country.

Featured Events

Concealed Carry for Women

  • Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7
    8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    $275 per student

Presented by the Homeland Security Training Institute
College of DuPage is now offering a Concealed Carry course designed to promote responsible gun ownership and to qualify you to obtain your Concealed Carry License (CCL). 

During this exclusive two-day, 18-hour course you will not only satisfy the legal requirements set forth by the Concealed Carry Act, but through the use of a state-of-the-art concealed carry firearm simulator and the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) inside the four-dimensional immersion "street scene" within the Homeland Security Education Center, you will gain crucial real-world experience, decision-making skills and abilities you need to carry your firearm confidently and responsibly.

Led by Certified Concealed Carry instructor and distinguished firearm expert Michelle Quesada, this class will provide you with knowledge and training in:

  • Firearm safety
  • Basic principles of marksmanship
  • Care, cleaning, loading and unloading of a concealable firearm
  • State and federal laws relating to ownership, storage, carry and transport of a firearm
  • Weapon handling and legal qualification

Please note: To attend this class, you must be 21 or over, currently possess a valid Firearm Owner Identification card, a valid Illinois state I.D. or Driver's License, be allowed by state and federal law to legally possess a firearm and be physically capable of safely and effectively operating a firearm.

Handguns are not allowed on COD's campus. Do not bring your firearm or any ammunition to class.

Optional Service: To ease the application process, electronic fingerprints and a digital photo will be offered to participants for $60 (cash only and paid to the vendor providing the service).

Polygraph Examiner Program

Taught at College of DuPage's state-of-the-art Homeland Security Education Center, this comprehensive and thought-provoking program
provides the most scientifically reliable and up-to-date principles and techniques in the polygraph profession. The extensive hands-on courses teach you techniques that meet the rigorous standards
of the profession—valuable skills to add to your interview and interrogations toolbox.

This program is accredited by the American Polygraph Association and recognized by the American Association of Police Polygraphists and
the National Polygraph Association.


  • Post-Conviction Sex Offender Testing Course
    Aug. 11 to 15, 2014
  • Advanced Examiner Course
    Aug. 18 to 22, 2014

For more information or to register: (630) 942-3427

Upcoming Courses

Advanced Terrorism Studies for Law Enforcement Professionals

Participation in this course will provide students an opportunity to gain a breadth of exposure to the ideological and religious complexities associated with the transnational jihadist movement as well as insight into investigative, intelligence and prosecutorial components comprising counterterrorism strategy at a national level. Course Length: 16 hours

Business and Ethics for Security Professionals

Businesses and organizations are demanding more from their security departments than ever before. By focusing on real-life current issues affecting the private sector, this course will provide a guide to relevant business principles and necessary skills crucial to the success and advancement of security professionals. Course Length: 8 hours

Business Continuity and Emergency Planning

Get a comprehensive overview of the considerations and planning needed to ensure the continued performance and full recovery of critical essential functions after a significant disruption to a company operation or even your home. Designed to help the small (or not so small) business owner or concerned employee, law enforcement and other emergency/disaster responders, business investors, property owners and all interested community citizens to evaluate methods for impact mitigation and recovery from disasters in their everyday activities.  Learn to develop a business continuity plan and walk away from class with the elements of a sound continuity plan.

Friday, Sept. 26
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $149
College of DuPage Homeland Security Education Center, Glen Ellyn, IL

CBRNE Identification Training

This course is designed to train law enforcement officers, first responders and corporate security personnel in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive identification. Course Length: 16 hours

Community Emergency Response Teams

Course educates citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and provides them with basic disaster response skills. Explains how CERT members can assist disaster response professionals in their area or provide assistance in the workplace or neighborhood when first responders are not immediately available. Includes scenario based training for CERT response to a disaster. Course Length: 8 weeks

Continuity of Operations for Businesses, Communities, and Homes

Learn to develop a plan for when emergencies or disasters strike. You will receive an overview of the Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning process to ensure your essential work, home and community activities will continue after a significant disruption. Course Length: 8 hours

Crisis Management:  The Three Cs

During any crisis three of the most important response challenges are communication, coordination and collaboration. Learn from experts in federal law enforcement, the media and private-sector emergency response personnel on how the need to work together to manage a crisis is critical. Course Length: 8 hours

Homegrown Extremism

Course focuses on homegrown violent extremism and ideological motivation. Origins of groups such as White Supremacists, Environmental/Animal Rights Extremists, and Anti-Government Extremists are discussed in depth. Discussion on tools used to radicalize American citizens. Course Length: 8 hours

Introduction to Weapons of Mass Destruction

This course provides a basic level of awareness for weapons of mass destruction for emergency responders of all types. In this course, you will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of chemical, biological, nuclear warfare, as well as explosive devices. This is a FEMA and DHS certified course. Course length: 8 hours

IS 700.A

Introduction to the National Incident Management System

If you have emergency management responsibilities, you need to know about the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the framework our nation uses for incident management at all jurisdictional levels regardless of the cause, size or complexity of an incident. NIMS allows us to work together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, recover from and mitigate the effects of disasters and emergencies. This workshop offers participants a working knowledge of NIMS and also allows them to apply that knowledge to timely and practical real-world exercises. A FEMA certificate of completion is provided after passing the course examination. Course Length: 8 hours

Mexican Drug Cartels

Explore and get a basic understanding of Mexican Drug Cartels. Since 2007, over 100,000 people have died and 20,000 to 30,000 people have disappeared in Mexico and are presumed dead. Every year the U.S. and Mexico spend billions of dollars fighting a drug war in Mexico. Drug cartels are operating in over 300 cities in the U.S. and control the supply of most of the illicit drug market including marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines and heroin. You will learn facts about the drug cartel operations in Mexico, their connection to the Chicagoland area and the drug trafficking connection.  Find out how they are involved in other illicit businesses such as human trafficking, human smuggling, gun trafficking and money laundering. While police officers in the U.S. are receiving training in detecting terrorism, there is little available training on how to detect, investigate and interrogate a suspected drug cartel member, and no interdiction training is available outside the southwest border. You will be provided basic training on how to collect valuable intelligence for the agencies involved in combating drug cartels.

Thursday, Aug. 7
8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., $149
College of DuPage Homeland Security Education Center, Glen Ellyn, IL

The Path to Terrorism:
Radicalization, Recruitment and Mobilization in Today's World

Find out how someone becomes a member of a terrorist organization or develops into an aspiring terrorist. Reasons can include the effectiveness of the recruitment process and the elements of radicalization and mobilization. You will be introduced to current strategies and techniques applied to this process and will take part in an in-depth discussion about how the internet is used to cultivate the next generation of global extremists. You will also be examining and synthesizing phases of radicalization with recent case studies, all of which will enable you to discern motivations of individuals who may be on the verge of terrorist involvement. This course will incorporate the identification of extremist imagery and how sophisticated use of the internet, specifically through social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter, assists in galvanizing popular support for insurgent operations at home and abroad. Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, Aug. 5
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., $99
College of DuPage Multimedia Center, Glen Ellyn, IL 

Sovereign Citizen Training

This course is geared toward first-line police officers and prosecutors and explores the complexities when dealing with individuals who identify themselves with the "sovereign citizen movement." Learn about the history, theory and incidents involving sovereign citizens. Practical scenario based exercises will also be included in the training utilizing the street scene within the Homeland Security Education Center. Course Length: 8 hours

Violence in the Workplace                                      

Course focuses on the identification, prevention, education, response, and recovery from an incident of workplace violence. Prevention programs are examined along with employee educational programs in order to mitigate an incident of workplace violence. Examines the cause of incidents of workplace violence. Course Length: 8 hours

HSTI Live Events

HSTI Live focuses on topics specific to law enforcement, first responder or corporate security personnel. This will be a series of live events that will be broadcast nationally and available for purchase by agencies interested in training large groups of employees.

Workplace Violence/Active Shooter
For Businesses and Schools
During this four-hour program, participants will gain information that will allow them to develop a plan to safely deal with potential situations of violence. Instructor: Tom Hausner, Walworth County, WI Sheriff's Office (Retired) To register, go to

Northern Illinois University Active Shooter Incident:
A First Responders Perspective
For Law Enforcement and Campus Police Departments
This four-hour seminar will examine the February 14, 2008, shooting that took place on the Northern Illinois University Campus. Steven Kazmierczak shot multiple people on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois killing five people and injuring another twenty-one, before committing suicide. Listen to the first responders as they discuss the initial response, the investigation and the aftermath of this incident. The audience will be able to engage via the internet or live on campus at College of DuPage.

Contact Information

For more information about HSTI courses and webinars, contact Leah Cameron at (630) 942-3427 or

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