COD Homeland Security Training Institute Signs Contract with Seven Police Agencies

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The College of DuPage Homeland Security Training Institute (HSTI), which opened its world class training center and shooting range in October, recently signed contracts with seven regional police departments to provide highly specialized facilities, simulators and expert instructors in a paradigm-shifting training model.

Police departments from Downers Grove, Lombard, Addison, Bloomingdale, Geneva, Rolling Meadows and Northern Illinois University will be among the first to use HSTI’s state-of-the-art facilities, which provide the most realistic training possible, including a 50-yard tactical firearms range designed to hold up to 24 shooters at a time, a “4-D” immersive street scene, a 9-1-1 telecommunications lab, the advanced decision-making simulator, the Virta 300, MILO and Ti simulators and the MILES force-on-force system to prepare officers for split-second, real-life decisions.

“Our facilities are among the best in the country and offered at affordable rates,” HSTI Director Tom Brady said. “These facilities are state-of-the-art, designed with input from dozens of local, state and federal agencies, and they incorporate input from a needs assessment survey representing more than 23,000 first responders.”  

Police departments that utilize College of DuPage’s Suburban Law Enforcement Academy receive special member pricing of just $180 per officer annually. This includes guaranteed access to the range, simulators, street scene, mat room, emergency operations center and seats within professional development workshops offered by content experts from across the region and nation.

“We have 24-hour access, seven days a week, allowing us to offer all-shift training, which allows departments to reduce overtime,” Brady said. “We will always prioritize regional departments for gun range time. If a member department wants to schedule the same range days every year to fit their needs, we can accommodate them. Agencies can work with us to take advantage of our full package of training amenities or break out specific services a la carte.”  

“COD HSTI’s expansive variety of high quality training courses has been a great addition to our department's training plan,” said Thomas R. Phillips, Sr., Chief of Police, Northern Illinois University. “The feedback I have received from our officers has affirmed my decision to join the COD program.” 

“The Bloomingdale Police Department is always seeking to provide its officers with the most progressive training to meet the challenges of their job in today’s ever-changing environment,” said Bloomingdale Chief of Police Frank Giammarese. “Therefore, our department has chosen to participate in the training curriculum offered at the new state-of-the-art Homeland Security facility at College of DuPage. This facility enables law enforcement agencies to provide their officers with a multitude of training opportunities to prepare them to do their job.”  

"I welcome these new partnerships highlighting further ways the College can work collaboratively with and assist our local communities,” said Deanne Mazzochi, College of DuPage Board of Trustees Vice Chairman. “In light of recent events such as the attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino, providing the best training possible to our first responders is essential.” 

 Mazzochi continued, “This facility is unique to DuPage County and unlike anything else in the Midwest. College of DuPage leads the region in identifying ways to provide local government units with access to the latest advances in immersive training at a low per-officer cost. Our regional reach supports a facility far beyond what ordinary municipal budgets could individually justify. We hope every agency considers HSTI as their first stop for all training needs.”

Click here for a brochure outlining the many benefits of the Homeland Security Training Institute. Click here for photos of the latest 39,714 square-foot Homeland Security Training Center and tactical shooting range.

For more information, contact Tom Brady at (630) 942-2190 or bradyt145@cod.edu.

Pictured Above: HSTI Director Tom Brady gives a tour of the Institute’s new, 50-yard tactical shooting range.

Other Photo: A force-on-force demonstration from local police agencies shows how the full-scale indoor street scene in the Robert J. Miller Homeland Security Education Center can be used by police departments for a variety of training needs.