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. Course Length: 12 weeks

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

Upcoming Courses


Advanced Drug Cartel Investigations

This class builds upon the basic Mexican Drug Cartel class and focuses primarily on investigations in the Midwest of drug cartel activity. Course includes information on the history of drug cartels, how to identify if a drug operation is associated with a known drug cartel, status of drug trafficking and changes in the supply chain, building a case against a drug cartel in the Midwest, basics in the interrogation of a cartel member, how to build leverage in an interrogation, how drug cartels recruit in the Midwest, jurisdiction challenges, use of confidential informants in drug cartel investigations and table-top exercises.

March 19
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $149
College of DuPage Homeland Security Education Center

Armed Guard—40-Hour Basic Security Course

This course meets the requirements of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation as outlined in the Detective Act. It covers security fundamentals for new officers and provides a review for experienced employees who want to earn State unarmed security certification. This course, plus a Permanent Employee Registration Card (PERC), is needed for a person employed by a private security or private detective agency. (PERC application fees not included.) Armed Security Officers in the State of Illinois are required to have 20 hours of Basic Security training plus 20 hours of Basic Firearms training following the guidelines established by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. This is an approved course, and is a requirement for an officer to carry a firearm, within the performance of their duties, for their State licensed employer. (225 ILCS 447)

April 4 and May 2
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $599
College of DuPage Homeland Security Education Center

Beyond the Obvious: Applying Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

This class provides an overview and detailed explanation for crime prevention officers, corporate security/physical security professionals, city planners, commercial property managers and any business owner with an interest in improving physical security through design. Participants will gain a concrete, useful and working knowledge of CPTED and learn the necessary skills and knowledge to become actively involved in the planning, design and development process as it relates to preventing criminal behavior.

March 12
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $149
College of DuPage Homeland Security Education Center

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.

March 15
8 a.m. to noon, $125
College of DuPage Homeland Security Education Center

Concealed Carry with Confidence

This two-day concealed carry class results in completion of the state of Illinois requirements to apply for a concealed carry permit. Use of the state-of-the-art Homeland Security Education Center includes the street scene and an advanced shooter decision making simulator.

March 7 and 8
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., $275

March 28 and 29
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., $275

Indicators of the Terrorist Attack Cycle—Planning for the Attack

This two-day course will review and implement an entire cycle to develop a thorough understanding of the phases of initial planning, surveillance, rehearsal, attack and escape. Through interactive discussions and activities, the course will engage public and private sector safety professionals from all disciplines in learning how to recognize the key elements of planning for an attack. Students will be split into multi-discipline groups from their own communities to help identify targets at risk in their own jurisdiction.

March 23 and 24
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $149
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.

May 19
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $149
College of DuPage Homeland Security Education Center

Senior Citizen Crime Prevention Series: Frauds and Scams

Join us for the first of a four-part series on crime prevention and elder issues. This initiative, funded through a grant from Motorola Solutions, is geared toward educating senior citizens related to issues such as current crime trends, financial frauds and scams, dementia and mental health issues, elder abuse, home safety, and suicide prevention. The first seminar in the series will focus on various frauds and scams aimed at the elderly. Listen to experts in law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys on how you can protect yourself from frauds and scams.  Seniors fall victim to these scams everyday but if you are armed with the latest information on how not to become a victim, you will be much less likely to lose money.

March 26
1 to 3 p.m., Free of charge
College of DuPage Homeland Security Education Center

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


Additional Courses

Contact (630) 942-3427 or cameronl@cod.edu for details.

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

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

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
Part of the HSTI Terrorism Series

Join us for the first in a new series on domestic and global terrorism threats and issues. The first workshop will profile the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Its actions have been widely criticized around the world, with many Islamic communities judging the group to be unrepresentative of Islam. Viewed as an extremist, jihad rebel movement, ISIS is challenging traditional territorial boundaries in the Middle East in addition to having a prolific media component, which disseminates its propaganda throughout social media. The workshop will be presented by FBI Special Agent Erich Krumrei and Intelligence Analyst Mary O'Malley who is assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Course Length: 4 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. Course Length: 8 hours

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 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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