Conference to Feature Police Superintendent Philip Cline

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Graduate Conference to Feature Chicago Police Superintendent Philip Cline

Published: March 21, 2007.

Lewis University alumnus Philip J. Cline, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, will be the featured keynote speaker at the University’s upcoming Graduate Education Conference, scheduled for Monday, April 2 from 4-8 p.m. Open to the public and free of charge, the Conference will be held in the Harold E. White Aviation Center, located on the Lewis main campus. The theme of this year’s Conference is Mentoring. The keynote address will relate to this theme and will be held at 4:10 p.m. in Room 136 of the Aviation Center.

In a career that has spanned more than three decades with the Chicago Police Department, Cline has served as Chicago’s Superintendent of Police since November of 2003. In this role, he oversees 13,500 sworn officers and 3,000 civilians for the second largest police department in the nation. As Superintendent, his priority has been to reduce violent crime brought on by gangs and narcotics activity. Toward this effort, he has introduced a series of violence reduction strategies that have led to unprecedented decreases in homicides and shootings in Chicago.

Cline also has driven initiatives to honor fallen police officers. He has played an instrumental role in establishing the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. The Foundation has built a world-class memorial honoring Chicago’s fallen heroes and has created a permanent endowment to support families of deceased officers. Through the introduction of new recruiting methods, Cline has additionally worked to strengthen diversity throughout the ranks of the Police Department.

Prior to his appointment as Superintendent, Cline served as the Department’s second-in-command from April 2003-October 2003. As First Deputy Superintendent, he instituted new accountability measures and strategies to address the problems of gangs, guns and drugs in Chicago’s neighborhoods. These changes included integrating technology into daily police work, which put up-to-the-minute crime information into the hands of officers, detectives and commanders. These measures have enabled the Department to deploy police resources more effectively to reduce and prevent crime.

Throughout his career in law enforcement, Cline has held assignments in the Patrol Division, the Narcotics and Gang Investigation Section and the Detective Division. He also served with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force for seven years.

Cline holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from Lewis University. He is an adjunct instructor at the Chicago Police Academy, where he teaches classes in police science. Realizing the importance of well-trained officers, he continues to teach even while serving as Superintendent. Cline has taught the Search Warrant class that he developed to more than 3,000 police officers, and strongly supports efforts to cultivate future leaders within the Police Department.

The Graduate Education Conference is an annual event, providing graduate students at Lewis University with an opportunity to present on-going or completed research, a paper topic, or a panel discussion. Students may present together or separately and the presentations are in 15-minute blocks.

This year, graduate students at Lewis will make presentations on topics ranging from “Twelve Virtues of a Good Teacher: Promoting Equal Opportunity in the Lasallian Tradition” and “History of 20th Century School Disasters” to “ Substance Abuse Treatment for Latinos” and “Great Expectations: The Power of Reframing to Improve Student Performance.” A panel discussion titled “What’s New for Schools . . . Bills in the Springfield Hopper” is also planned. Student presentations will be held in Rooms 119, 121, 134, 136, and 138, beginning at 5:15 p.m. This is the 15th year that Lewis University has held this event. For more information, call (815) 836-5434.

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