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.

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.

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


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

Concealed Carry: Shooter Decision Making and the Law

The Concealed Carry Law within the state of Illinois allows private citizens to carry concealed weapons within the context of the law. With carrying a concealed weapon comes great responsibility. This four-hour class combines the use of the decision making simulator with a discussion of the law related to Concealed Carry. Participants will engage in real-life interactive video simulations to strengthen their knowledge and increase their responsibility in carrying a concealed weapon.

Jan. 17
8 a.m. to noon, $100
College of DuPage Homeland Security Education Center

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

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting

This eight-hour course includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, with a focus on how to be a responsible gun owner. Students learn NRA rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, range rules, shooting from the bench rest position and two-handed standing positions, cleaning the pistol, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will also take the Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination and receive a course completion certificate.

Jan. 31
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., $140
College of DuPage Homeland Security Education Center

Physical Security and Asset Protection

This course provides a comprehensive overview of physical security and asset protection considerations in the private sector, and reviews what the similarities and differences are from the public sectors. Topics discussed will include the importance of securing and protecting assets, including people, information and venues. Discussion includes what, why, when, where and how to plan and deploy physical security and asset protection measures, what security technologies are available and how to deploy, and what recommendations leverage the organization and operation. Instructor: Adolfo M. Benages CPP, CAS

March 30 and 31
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $199
College of DuPage Homeland Security Education Center

Project Management for Public and Private Sector Professionals

Today's work environment demands a strong understanding of project management. Learn how complete projects effectively, meet deadlines, and discover pitfalls to avoid that can throw off your project. This one-day class has been specifically designed to meet the needs of private sector and federal, state and local government employees who are responsible for managing, organizing and delegating department tasks. Successful completion of this course will give these employees the necessary skills to complete their projects in both a timely and professional manner.

March 3
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $149
College of DuPage Homeland Security Education Center

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

Terrorism: The Financial Front

While terrorism, in general, is not necessarily a profitable enterprise and the cost of an individual attack may be low, terrorist groups must raise, move and use money to recruit, train and sustain operatives; procure weapons; compensate families of so-called martyrs; garner support from local populations; and produce and distribute radicalization and recruitment materials. Examine the history and evolution of terrorist financing and our nation's efforts to combat these operations.

Feb. 23 to 26
6 to 8 p.m., $149
College of DuPage Homeland Security Education Center

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 http://hsti-active.eventbrite.com.

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 cameronl@cod.edu.

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