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Local officer getting FBI training:
On July 7, Deputy Chief Chris Merritt of the South Elgin police department will begin a 10-week training course sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Quantico, Va., for police officials from all over the United States. He will be living in a dorm room at the FBI headquarters there and will be taking classes offered by the University of Virginia in forensics, organizational communication, executive leadership, crime analysis, legal issues affecting police departments and physical fitness. "This is a great opportunity to improve my skills as a police officer and the knowledge I receive there will be brought back to the South Elgin police department," he said. He will return to South Elgin after completing his classes on Sept. 12. Merritt is the first South Elgin police officer to attend the FBI Academy. He was selected after submitting an application and an interview with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Chicago.
Judge allows testimony:
Kane County Judge Donald Hudson agreed Thursday to admit testimony from a child advocate who interviewed a 9-year-old boy a day after he said he was kidnapped from Elgin's Lords Park neighborhood and sexually assaulted. …