About the Conference

Registration for the 2023 IJOA & IDOA Conference is Now Open!

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Join us for a great 3 day conference featuring the following topics:


Trusted relationships may be the most important variable for effectively working in the criminal justice system. The traditional challenges of building relationships are based on the 4 C’s: Communication, Collaboration, Cultural Competency and Caring. This motivational keynote is filled with "tips from the trenches" to help keep you and your students, staff and community safe and healthy so they can learn more and live better. It is packed with cutting-edge information, practical strategies and heartfelt stories about leadership, equity, the Whole Child, mental health, kindness, the power of words, the trauma-informed brain, ACEs (adverse childhood experiences), SEL (social emotional learning}, stress management, wellness, and school and community climate and safety. 

Dr. Stephen Sroka has spoken worldwide with The Power of One message, how one person can make a difference. Steve died while presenting a school in-service. Two SROs, a principal, and others saved his life and changed his message. He now talks about how you need The Power of Many, how it takes a team, to make a lasting difference.

Research-based and reality-driven, this session offers honesty, humor, and hope. It stresses the importance of Resiliency and the 4 P’s: Purpose, Passion, Pride and Persistence. It will warm your heart, stir your soul and ignite your brain. It has been said that it can even change your life professionally and personally. Let’s see if it can spark the fire and the WHY within you. 


 “One missing child is too many. At the FBI, saving lives, protecting the innocent, and hunting down those who prey upon them is at the heart of what we do…. Protecting our children is one priority where our commitment is stronger than ever.”  -FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III

FBI research revealed that 74 percent of children abducted and murdered were killed within the first 3 hours of their disappearance. To aid local law enforcement and FBI investigators in child abduction investigations, the FBI created the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment


Case presentation on the AJ Freund Case out of Crystal Lake, IL


The Project FIND half-day training is designed for individuals working on multi-disciplinary teams (MDT’s) and in other  service organizations seeking to gain additional information about the risk  factors, realities and strategies for working with individuals with disabilities. The training is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations and adaptations to account for individual disability, language capacity and cultural background. This training is designed to introduce MDT members and other service organization staff to practical applications for engaging and communicating with Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and Physical Disabilities. Understanding the unique characteristics of these groups and the ability to communicate effectively is paramount in creating safe environments and supporting quality of life.


A cop’s story from an inside view. Five ways to sustain officer wellness.


This presentation will feature an analysis of the current Illinois Juvenile Justice Law.  Included will be an overview of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board’s Illinois Police Agency Model Juvenile Handbook and Procedures Manual and the Illinois Juvenile Justice Act. The latest legislative amendments concerning Juvenile Justice will be listed and analyzed.  Topics will include changes in adult prosecutions for minors; sex offender registration changes for minors; and changes in the age requirements for minors to be treated a juveniles. Additionally, the latest case law concerning Juvenile Justice will be listed and analyzed.  Included will be discussions of Searches & Seizures and Confessions & Admissions with respect to juveniles. RECENTLY  ADDED:   New Expungement and Sealing Requirements.


2023 IJOA and IDOA State Conference

June 13th – 16th, 2023
101 Holiday Drive
East Peoria, IL 61611

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