Assistant Attorney General, Law Enforcement and Prosecutor Training Coordinator
Cordelia Coppleson is an Assistant Attorney General, assigned to the Criminal Enforcement Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. She is the Law Enforcement Training Project Coordinator for the Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act. Ms. Coppleson is responsible for helping and supporting law enforcement agencies as they implement the law through adopting policies, training, and other requirements of the Act. She is available to answer any questions as to law enforcement and their obligations and duties under the law. Ms. Coppleson is a committed prosecutor, having spent the majority of her 20+ year career as a Cook County State’s Attorney assigned to the criminal division, with extensive experience in investigating, preparing, and trying sexual assault cases. Ms. Coppleson began her career as a public defender with the Cook County Public Defender’s Office and has practiced as a private criminal defense attorney which gives her the advantage of seeing cases and legal issues from all perspectives. She developed a curriculum for Trauma Informed Sexual Assault Investigation for law enforcement and prosecutors pursuant to the standards of the Comprehensive Guidelines as set out by the Attorney General’s Office. This curriculum is currently being used by at least nine different training teams across the state. Ms. Coppleson actively trains with these teams in eight different Mobile Training Units. She teaches seven of the fourteen topic sections of the two-day training, including Rape Myth, Neurobiology of Trauma, Report Writing, Trauma Informed Victim Interviews, Considerations in Alcohol and Drug Facilitated Sexual Assaults, and Sex Crimes Law.