Police Training By the Field, For the Field with Keith Turney
Episode #23 | 21 July 2022
Incorporating multiple viewpoints and subject matter expertise towards effective and efficient solutions is critical, especially when it comes to training America’s law enforcement officers.
The Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center, better known as CRI-TAC, provides critical and tailored technical assistance resources to state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies on a wide variety of topics. It features a “by the field, for the field” approach while delivering specialized technical assistance using leading experts in a range of public safety, crime reduction, and community policing topics. CRI-TAC is a public service and is offered at no cost to your agency.
On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with Keith Turney, National Sergeant at Arms here at the National FOP. Keith has been a member of the Fraternal Order of Police for over 40 years and spent 31 years as a Joliet Police Officer, retiring at the rank of Commander. Over his four decades in law enforcement, Keith has worn many different hats. Some of these include working as a crisis negotiator, an incident commander for a NASCAR Speedway, and upon retirement, was involved with labor issues with the Illinois FOP Labor Council.
Anyone who has heard Keith speak knows of his passion for CRI-TAC and the great benefits it offers for the growth and stability of agencies across America.
Keith Turney was elected Sergeant at Arms at the 63rd Biennial Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Keith has been a member of the Fraternal Order of Police for over 40 years and is the current Second Vice President of the Illinois FOP State Lodge. Keith spent 31 years as a Joliet Police Officer in the State of Illinois and retired at the rank of Commander in 2009. Keith spent much of his law enforcement career specializing in the field of crisis negotiations, ultimately leading a team of 15 professional negotiators. As a police commander in a post-9/11 world, he was the incident commander at Chicagoland Motor Speedway in Joliet, responsible for the safety and security of nearly 100,000 patrons.
Upon retirement Keith joined the Illinois FOP Labor Council as a Field Representative where he negotiated contracts, administered grievances and represented members in disciplinary matters. In March of 2018 Keith agreed to represent the National FOP in the Collaborative Reform Initiative – Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC), a consortium of nine major law enforcement organizations working with the COPS Office and the Department of Justice to provide needed free training to state, local, tribal, and campus law enforcement agencies.
Keith has extensive lobbying experience on a local, state and national level and is a current member of the Illinois Police Professionalism Commission and a recent member of the Illinois Law Enforcement Standards and Training Board—both gubernatorial appointments.
Keith is a Past President of Joliet FOP Lodge 58 and the Joliet Police Patrolman’s Union and has been a member of the Illinois State Lodge Board of Trustees since 1992. In 2000 he was elected to the office of Second Vice President. Keith is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, session 206, and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership.