Liebe to speak on “Columbine Two Decades Later”

April 15, 2019 | 10:03 AM

Bruce Liebe, senior director of the School of Professional Studies and assistant professor of homeland security, will give a lecture on “Columbine Two Decades Later: Addressing Preparation and Response Gaps that Remain,” on Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m., in Bailey Auditorium in Julian Hall off of Clay Street Avenue. 

The presentation is free and open to the public. 

Liebe will share insights from his recently published article in The Tactical Edge magazine and his expertise in critical incident management. He will also take questions following the presentation. 

Liebe has authored numerous articles on critical incident management for the National Tactical Officers Association’s journal and the Illinois Tactical Officer’s Association journal. He also consults with various police SWAT programs throughout the United States regarding incident management strategies. 

Recently, Liebe has been invited to speak at a two-day active shooter conference in Brazil. The presentations will be at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference organized by the Military Police of the State of Sao Paulo.

About Bruce Liebe: Liebe is the senior director of the School of Professional Studies and assistant professor of homeland security at MacMurray College. With 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Liebe began his career at the LaSalle Illinois Police Department and served there for four and half years before joining the Illinois State Police. The remainder of his law enforcement career was spent with the ISP where he was involved in patrol, investigations, tactical and administration assignments. During Liebe’s time with the Illinois State Police, he spent 13 years with the ISP SWAT program and was in charge of it statewide for seven years, he was then assigned to the drug enforcement administration for three years, he instructed in-service police officers throughout the nation and he served as the deputy chief of staff to the colonel in the Operations Division until he retired.
Liebe’s extensive and varied career in law enforcement has greatly benefited his current teaching role at MacMurray College. In the classroom, he is able to draw upon his own personal experiences to help compliment the academic aspects of his courses, giving his students a blended educational experience of in-class learning with real-world application. He also taught as an adjunct professor in the criminal justice program at the University of Illinois Springfield for 21 years, and has published numerous journal articles for the National Tactical Officers Association and the Illinois Tactical Officers Association. As a result of his research and publications, he has consulted with police agencies both nationally and internationally.

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