Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Marine and Police Trainer Appointed to Top Job


Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel introduced Newark, N.J., police director Garry McCarthy on Monday, May 2, 2011 as Chicago’s new police superintendent. 

“He knows how to run a large police force,” said Emanuel. 
In his new post, McCarthy will be surrounded, Emanuel-style, with a “team” of public safety experts. 

Former Marine training director Gary Schenkel, a top official in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security who ran the Chicago Police Academy under Terry Hillard, will return to Chicago as director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. 

Schenkel’s return to Chicago from the Department of Homeland Security is viewed as a coup for Chicago. He and Hillard met in 1998, when Schenkel was one of 80 Marines spending three days in Chicago touring bridges and sewers as they studied how to work in urban combat zones. A year later, Hillard asked his fellow Marine to run the police academy and spearhead Hillard’s push to improve training in the wake of the fatal police shootings of two unarmed civilians during the same summer weekend. 

The shootings prompted Hillard to ask the John Marshall Law School to study the department’s training procedures. Among the school’s recommendations was updated training for every officer in the department — not just recruits in the academy. Hillard also installed video cameras in police cars and ordered a new firearm simulator that tests officers’ judgement in more than 400 different situations. 

The Canadian Tactical Training Academy (CTTA) is an organization devoted to worldwide training of peace and law enforcement officers, as well as all other professionals involved in the fields of security, investigation, protection and the maintenance of order.

The Academy also provides tailored security and safety oriented civilian training at both the individual and corporate levels



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