Sergeant Jim Schlicher (Retired) completed 25 years with the Westmont Police Department in Illinois. In his tenure at Westmont, he had many opportunities, which included 22 years in SWAT. He retired from SWAT as the Team Commander for a multi-jurisdictional team responsible for the protection of over 300,000 residents. He was also responsible for overseeing the field training and evaluation program, department training, use of force training, maintaining policies and procedures, and the scheduling of 42 employees. In addition, Jim served as the critical incident advisor to School District 201 and School District 60, where he developed, instituted and trained school staff and students K-12 in the school’s Active Shooter Policy. Jim served three years as a school resource officer where he started several pro-active programs with students and school administrators. Jim also served three years on a multi-jurisdictional narcotics unit.
Jim obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University in Sports Medicine and his Master’s Degree from Lewis University in Criminal Social Science. He graduated from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command in 2009.
Jim was awarded the Medal of Valor from the DuPage County Hundred’s Club for his involvement in an officer-involved shooting on June 1, 2012. He continues to support the field of Public Safety working as a Firefighter and EMT for the Village of Clarendon Hills and instructs at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy (SLEA). He currently teaches Constitutional Use of Force, Tactical Leadership, and The Ultimate Training Officer for Calibre Press.