Yesterday, the General Assembly passed HB 3653 – a comprehensive reform addressing several areas of criminal justice and policing. While this bill changes many aspects of law enforcement, our focus has been on how it affects the Police Training Act, which directly affects the Board.
Most significantly, it establishes a process that allows the Board to seek decertification for misconduct that does not rise to the felony conviction level. Under this bill, the Board will receive complaints from agencies, state’s attorneys, and the public addressing instances of criminal conduct, perjury, evidence tampering and other unprofessional conduct. If, after investigation, these complaints are founded, the Board will conduct a hearing and go before a newly created Certification Review Panel to determine if decertification is warranted.
As of 2022, certificates will be divided into active, inactive, and decertified status. Officers who are no longer employed as police officers will have to go through a special process to reactivate their certificate upon being rehired. Officers will also have to self-report their compliance with all training mandates every three years. Failure to report may result in inactivation.
This measure also provides for greater transparency by requiring the Board to maintain a public portal on our website to search officer agency affiliation and certification status. Chiefs and Sheriffs will still have access to the Professional Misconduct Database, but this too will be streamlined and made more accessible, as hiring entities must review these entries before initiating the employment of a new officer.
New mandates related to use of force, officer wellness courses, and crisis intervention response were added to the basic and in-service training requirements as well. Staff is already working on ways to implement these changes to be ready for the January 1, 2022, effective date. While this bill requires “crisis intervention training” at the basic academy and as part of the annual in-service mandate, we believe these can be covered by intro and overview courses, leaving the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) course as a volunteer, specialized certification.
The bill also requires all agencies to begin using body cameras over the course of the next five years. We anticipate that this will increase demand for our existing camera grant program and have asked that funding for this program be increased. Similarly, we have asked for our appropriations to be increased and funding secured to accommodate the increased trainings and duties associated with processing certification verifications, investigating statewide complaints, and seeking the decertification for reported misconduct. We trust that in the upcoming months, discussions on this topic will be fruitful.
While we understand that there are several items of concern in the underlying legislation, we remain focused on the Board’s role in ensuring that Illinois’ law enforcement community has the training and resources to better serve the people of this State.
- On-Line Juvenile Update: In the course of reviewing program and waiver applications, we noted that several officers would be eligible for the Board’s SRO waiver if they simply had an update course in Juvenile Law. For your information, an online Juvenile Law update course is now available through the Executive Institute. To learn more or register, please click here.
- January 1, 2021 Deadline: Section 10-20.68 of the School Code requires any officer who has been primarily assigned to a school or school district under an agreement with a local law enforcement agency to obtain a special SRO certificate from the Board beginning January 1, 2021. Unfortunately, the Board cannot issue any extensions of this deadline – doing so would require a statutory change and there is currently no opportunity for the General Assembly to address this issue in the remainder of this year. We have put or contacts on notice that an extension may be requested into the new year. In the meantime, we are working with trainers and facilities to conduct the needed coursework as soon as possible within the COVID restrictions. As the underlying requirement rests within the School Code, any concerns or comments from an employing agency about this deadline should be directed to the local school district.
NEW! To learn about the School Resource Officer (SRO) program please visit the new SRO page located under the Training tab or by clicking here.
We are happy to announce that the City of Bloomington has graciously allowed ILETSB to use its municipal board room to host our upcoming meetings. Due to the distancing measures still in place, this meeting will be conducted via WebEx and all board members will be a sent an invite link in the upcoming days. A phone number will be made available for members of the public wishing to listen to the proceedings. At this time, we plan to have the Curriculum meeting at 9am on Thursday, June 11th and the Full Quarterly Meeting at 10am that same day. Phone lines will open 30 minutes in advance for each meeting. Anyone seeking to make a public comment is asked to do so in writing to this address: email@example.com. Any comments received before the meeting will be reviewed by the Chairman and reflected in the record.
While the Open Meetings Act remains in place during this period, the provision requiring a physical quorum has been temporarily suspended. With that, we will proceed as normal and follow all rules and protocols pertinent to the business of the Board. However, we ask that Board members and the public take advantage of the distancing accommodation and participate remotely. Board staff will be available to assist anyone needing assistance in this area and we ask that any technical questions be directed to: PTB.EDI@illinois.gov
The restrictions in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have been particularly challenging for the State’s law enforcement community. Although many of the basic academies were quick to adapt and implemented methods of on-line instruction, most in-person coursework, including those scheduled at the MTUs, was halted. Nevertheless, ILETSB is determined to keep the safety of all officers as a top priority as we explore options to continue providing training opportunities during this period.
Earlier this month, the Executive Committee approved special policies for conducting trainings, exams, and requalifications in limited numbers that comply with Governor Pritzker’s Executive Orders. In accordance with these policies, some academies have been able to return recruits for special trainings that meet the specific certification requirements related to firearms. Canine and firearm requalifications (including IROCC) are also beginning to be rescheduled. Board staff is currently reviewing several other proposals to allow other classes to resume or complete as much coursework as possible. We will continue to work with state and local health organizations to determine the safest methods for conducting trainings at this time and hope to announce more offerings soon.
During this period, Board staff is working remotely but still making every effort to complete the Board’s operational tasks and respond promptly as issues arise. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your work as a law enforcement officer, you run into people under stress on each shift. The current situation raises the anxiety base level for everyone, including yourself.
As such, the ILETSB is sharing information about resources for you to share and use as needed.
Below are some online and tele-resources both very specific and more general for you to share with the public as a source for support, information and access to help.
We appreciate all you do and continue to do for our communities. Please continue your practices to stay healthy, safe and mentally well.
Should you have any recommendations of useful resources to add for the public or for officers, please contact Jennifer Wooldridge at email@example.com.
Due to the Stay-at-Home order issued by Governor Pritzker, all of the Board’s administrative staff will be working remote from March 21, 2020 through April 7, 2020. During this period, our main phone lines will be unmonitored, but staff will be regularly checking emails. You can find the email addresses of our staff on the Staff Directory page of our website, or if you are unsure who to contact you may email Ellen.Petty@Illinois.gov and your message will be directed to the appropriate staff member.
In order to receive the quickest response time, we also ask that FOIAs be emailed to PTB.FOIA@Illinois.gov during this time. Responses to FOIAs sent via postal mail or FAX may be delayed until the Stay-at-Home order is over.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The State of Illinois is taking great steps to comply with the preventative measures requested by health departments at all levels. For specific information about steps you can take to prevent the spread of this illness, please refer to the Illinois Department of Public Heath’s webpage. For specific information relevant to law enforcement personnel, please refer to these guidelines from the CDC.
Recognizing that social distancing is key to this effort, the Board has been in contact with all approved training academies and offered assistance if they choose to cease operations during this period. We are in the process of identifying all officers affected by such closures and are prepared to offer training period extensions if necessary. Also, some MTU classes may be cancelled – please check with the local MTU Coordinator if you have questions about the status of a specific class.
During this period, please be advised that the Board’s administrative staff is complying with State recommendations and completing as much work as possible outside of our traditional office setting. This may result in longer periods for responding to requests for information and documents. Also, it is asked that any communications be sent via email if possible. If you do not have a direct contact, please email Ellen.Petty@illinois.gov and your message will be directed to the appropriate staff member.
Together, these accommodations will help reduce the spread of illness and ensure that the Illinois law enforcement community has every available resource to continue providing services to the people it serves.
The Board is happy to announce that next round of camera grant awards is being prepared. Under this program, funds will be available to reimburse law enforcement agencies for officer-worn and in-car cameras purchased after July 1, 2019 and put into use before June 30, 2020. CAMERAS PURCHASED PRIOR TO JULY 1, 2019 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT. Like the previous program, all agencies must be GATA approved and be compliant will all statutory and ILETSB obligations and training mandates upon application and prior to being awarded any funds. Only itemized cameras (not storage or optional hardware) and associated training are eligible for reimbursement.
Initial information for this round will be posted to the Board’s website beginning in early March of 2020 and awards are expected to be announced very soon after. Applications will only be accepted until 5:00 pm on Friday May 29, 2020 and no extensions will be available. All equipment purchases must be made prior to the close of the State’s fiscal year on June 30, 2020 and proof of purchase and installation must be made prior to July 31, 2020.
Agencies intending to apply for these grant funds must be prepared to submit the following:
CAMERAS IDENTIFIED IN A PREVIOUS ILETSB AWARD ARE NOT ELIGIBLE
FOR THIS ROUND OF REIMBURSEMENTS.
LEASE AND PAYMENT PLANS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS REIMBURSEMENT.
In accordance with the requirements of PA 100-984, the Board approved a preliminary draft for our School Resource Officer (SRO) program policies and curriculum at the last Board meeting. This allows for further review and feedback to be gathered before courses must be conducted and officers seek to complete training before the January 1, 2021 deadline.
This document was prepared in coordination with the Shriver Center on Poverty Law and is a culmination of feedback from stakeholders and interested parties, including current SROs, chiefs and sheriffs, school administrators, community advocates, parent groups, trainers, and Board staff. As the notes and feedback of those meetings were compiled, it became clear that the general consensus was for SROs to be trained in youth communication, recognition of hardships and disabilities, threat recognition and response, and the intricacies of Illinois’ juvenile protection statutes.
With this, Board staff conducted research as to the similar requirements in other states and learned of national trends and best practices in particular subject areas. We worked with the ILETSB Executive Institute on threat response practices, discussed current course structures with local and national trainers, and got feedback from officer organizations most effected by the original legislation. We also reached out to the City of Chicago and other jurisdictions that have already taken significant steps to increase SRO training and we developed methods to accommodate and recognize their preliminary accomplishments as we moved forward creating new requirements.
Ultimately, we determined that officers who had previously attended a recognized School Resource Officer Course may be eligible for a waiver if they also attended a juvenile law course and an active threat response course. These elements became the building blocks of the course and program we developed. Under this structure, officers have two options for attaining an SRO certificate, attend our course, or attend other Board-certified courses in the 3 topic areas.
Under the proposed program, the Board certificate for an SRO will be valid for two years and may be renewed. However, the idea of a continuing education requirement was also suggested by the legislative sponsors and stakeholders. With that, we will require each SRO to complete at least one update course in the three topic areas before a renewal will be granted.
Finally, we ask that officers have at least two years of experience after their initial date of hire before serving as an SRO and come to the position with an interest for serving the youth of the community. We believe that the course presented here represents the basic standard topics and points of instruction that we would require from any provider seeking to conduct this course throughout the state and affords instructors a great deal of flexibility to embellish and expand areas if desired.
If you wish to submit feedback regarding this program and curriculum you may do so during the month of March by emailing your comments to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to download the SRO Curriculum and Policies.
The ILETSB is proud to announce the creation of a new CIT training resource. Welcome to the CIT Illinois - Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board's Facebook page for everything CIT.
Click here to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CITILETSB/
There are some new requirements introduced in order to professionalize and improve the 560 hour part-time academy. You will need to contact your Mobile Team Unit (MTU) Coordinator for details. Please keep in mind that due to monetary and personnel limitations, not all MTUs will be able to offer the part-time training program. Agencies interested in enrolling a recruit in the part-time academy must perform the following tasks:
With the increase in curriculum hours, compounded by the fact that minimum and maximum student enrollment requirements will be established, space in some classes may be limited so the Board recommends that Chiefs and Sheriffs coordinate with their respective MTU Directors for start dates. This will ensure time requirements are satisfied.
Feel free to contact Jan Allen or Fred Kientzle, if you have questions. Please watch for additional information in the near future.
The Training Board has developed a Use of Force brochures for all agencies use during the annual firearms qualification of your active officers.
The Board is happy to announce that next round of camera grant awards is being prepared. Under this program, funds will be available to reimburse law enforcement agencies for officer-worn and in-car cameras purchased after July 1, 2018 and put into use before June 30, 2019. CAMERAS PURCHASED PRIOR TO JULY 1, 2018 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT. Currently, the Board has authorized $1 million from the Camera Grant Fund to be used for this purpose. Like the previous program, all agencies must be GATA approved prior to receiving any funds and only itemized cameras (not storage or optional hardware) and associated training are eligible for reimbursement.
Initial applications for this round will be posted to the Board’s website beginning in early January of 2019 and awards are expected to be announced in early February. Depending on the availability of funds, additional rolling applications may be accepted further into 2019 with awards announced before the close of the State’s fiscal year on June 30, 2019.
Agencies intending to apply for these grant funds must be prepared to submit the following:
CAMERAS IDENTIFIED IN A PREVIOUS ILETSB AWARD ARE NOT ELIGIBLE
FOR THIS ROUND OF REIMBURSEMENTS
Effective 01-01-2012, under 50 ILCS 705/10.11, only law enforcement officers who successfully complete the Board certified 40-hour Lead Homicide Investigator training program may be assigned as lead investigators in homicide investigations.
All Lead Homicide Investigators (LHIs) certified by the Training Board are required to obtain 32 hours of approved LHI in-service training in a 4 year period from the date of their certification.
The Training Board has approved many in-service classes for LHI certificate renewal. Agencies are responsible for ensuring LHIs attend approved classes. Below is the current list of in-service classes approved for Lead Homicide Investigator re-certification. However, please check with your local MTU and/or the Executive Institute to get the most up-to-date list of LHI approved classes being offered in your region, as additional classes are being added on a regular basis. List of approved (or tentatively approved) LHI classes.
It is suggested that agencies submit their Lead Homicide Investigator’s re-certification paperwork no sooner than 6 months and no later than 3 months prior to the end of the 4th year.
A copy of the LHI recertification form can be found by clicking here - Recertification .
Conor's Law - ILETSB Model Policy on the Response and Release of Individuals Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol: Last year, PA 100-537 was passed requiring the Board to create a model policy to train law enforcement officers on how to respond to individuals who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of an arrest - with special considerations for those under age 21. After researching the general issues, discussions with stakeholders, and an invitation for public comment, we are pleased to share this model policy with the law enforcement community. While law enforcement agencies are not mandated to make any changes under this law, we believe that this model policy stands as an example of how to balance several concerns while maintaining the safety interests of the detainee. This document will be permanently available in the new section of the Board’s website for “Model Policies” under the “Resources” tab.
There has been a growing concern among law enforcement over the possible impact the legalization of cannabis would have on narcotics detection dogs. Although we recognize the legalization of cannabis could create a number of issues for those narcotics detection dogs in service at the time if it is legalized, we must continue to follow current Illinois law. The current Illinois law requires “all police dogs used by State and local law enforcement agencies for drug enforcement purposes pursuant to the Cannabis Control Act, the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, and the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act shall be trained by programs that meet the minimum certification requirements set by the Board.” To meet the “minimum certification requirements”, all narcotics detection dogs must be trained to detect marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.
Please note: The following changes to the instructor approval application process applies only to instructors teaching in the full-time or part-time academy. The process for instructor approval applications for in-service training remains the same.
Effective March 1, 2018, ILETSB will be accepting electronically submitted Approved Academy Instructor Applications as the primary method of submission. This new protocol will reduce staff time, allow for permanent records to be shared by the entire organization, and most importantly, ensure retention of permanent records. The process for receiving, retaining, and responding to those electronic applications are as follows:
Please be advised that the 160-hour Basic Court Security Officer course has been suspended for a short time.
This will allow time for the review and update of the instructional blocks affected by the new 560 PTBLE curriculum.
Departments with court security officers in need of training will be given the option of sending their officers through the 200-hour Basic Correctional Officer training, in order to meet the 12 month training deadline.
Please check back for an update on the website in late 2019, announcing when the BCSO course has been updated and will again be available.
It is Director Fischer’s hope that this direct contact with his office will help eliminate the “rumor mill” and will help facilitate open and effective communication between the Board office and the law enforcement community across the State of Illinois.
You may use this form to ask Director Fischer a question, obtain clarification on a Board-related topic, express a concern, or submit a request. All submissions will go straight to the Director’s office, and you will receive an accurate response, in a timely manner.
Any agency-specific questions will be answered privately. However, if a general question is asked, and the answer may be beneficial to other agencies using this site, the response will be sent to the individual asking the question, and also posted as an announcement on the front page.
Please note that any submission which constitutes a FOIA request will be treated as such, and the response will come from our FOIA Officer within 5 business days.
The Director's Corner can be accessed here.
Pursuant to 50 ILCS 706/10-25 each law enforcement agency that utilizes body worn cameras must provide a report to the Board by May 1 of each year indicating the number of cameras in use, the number of officers who have used body worn cameras, technical issues encountered with the use of such cameras and the review process used by supervisors. For each instance in which a body camera was used in a prosecution, the agency must indicate the date, time, location, offense and charging date. In an effort to simplify the collection of this data, ILETSB requests that this data be provided on the attached chart. Completed reports for the 2019 calendar year, including the accompanying chart, can be emailed to Jennifer Wooldridge at email@example.com
In September 2016 the Board adopted the following policy:
When determining minimum in-service training requirements that a police officer must satisfactorily complete, only Board Certified courses that comply with Board approved guidelines will be considered.
Board Policy Adopted September 22, 2016
Pursuant to Board Policy adopted in December 2013 all in-service courses shall be delivered and certified through the Mobile Team system unless the course and/or venue is approved by the Board on an individual basis. The Mobile Teams shall have the option of providing all in-service courses. If the Mobile Team declines the delivery of any course within its region for reasons other than duplication, the Board may determine whether the course is otherwise certifiable and/or reimbursable based upon the best interests of law enforcement. Board certificates may be provided to individuals that the Mobile Training unit can identify as having successfully completed a Board-certified course.
Certification shall be reviewed by the Board on an annual basis.
Board Policy Adopted December 12, 2013
The Board Approved guidelines can be found here: http://www.ptb.illinois.gov/media/1296/board-approved-mandates.pdf
For additional information on having a training certified please contact the Regional Mobile Training Team Unit where the training is to be held.
Part of any law enforcement officer’s Annual Firearms Training is a review of the agency’s Use of Force policy as well as training on use of force guidelines and statutes. For the past few years, the Board has provided a Use of Force brochure which can be found on our website as a PDF form – printable by the agency. Just recently, the Board has added an on-line Use of Force training for those agencies utilizing LEDI.
All Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) are required to document the Annual Firearms and Use of Force training on their personnel roster either in its paper form or via LEDI. Should an agency wish to access the on-line Use of Force training, the agency MUST be enrolled in LEDI. If you’d like to enroll in LEDI, please click here or contact your Board-assigned Field Rep.
The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, in cooperation with the U.S. Marshals Service, Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Department of Justice, and the Illinois State Police, is conducting an investigation into non-governmental, legally unrecognized, and unauthorized "auxiliary/reserve police organizations" offering "police assistance, services, and employees" to county and local police agencies. Certain illicit organizations have been successful in convincing law enforcement agencies that they are legitimate. These organizations have also attempted to create an appearance of authority through financial records and other "legal" documents to avoid constitutional requirements establishing real law enforcement authority for the use of police powers. Since this Board is responsible for the certification of all law enforcement personnel in the State of Illinois, we wanted you to be aware of this situation in order to avoid jeopardizing the safety and security of your community.
Please see the following for more information:
The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) Intern Program is perfect for Veterans seeking a career in law enforcement.
This program has been developed in response to law enforcement administrators seeking a pool of trained and certified candidates available for service. It is ideal for veterans seeking a career in law enforcement. Successful Intern applicants attend a basic law enforcement training academy and, upon passing the State Certification examination, will receive ILETSB State Certification. Interns are integrated into classes with sworn officers and receive the same training. The Intern application process is currently available at Southwestern Illinois Police Academy. This program is for Illinois residents only and seats are limited. Applicants must have valid Illinois driver's license and Illinois Firearms Owner Identification card.
Click here for more information and how to apply for the ILETSB Intern Training Program.
Pursuant to the Illinois Police Training Act (50 ILCS 705/6.1), the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board is authorized to appoint Investigators to enforce the responsibilities conferred upon the Board by law or rule. These investigators are certified law enforcement officers possessing the authority of peace officers and have all the same powers possessed by municipal and county officers.
The Board’s Field Representatives are all appointed as Investigators as are other Board staff members to include both the Deputy Director and Executive Director. All investigators possess law enforcement credentials.
Field Representatives work with agencies to provide assistance on many issues and are the “eyes and ears” of the Board. As Board investigators, they work to ensure that all law enforcement agencies under the authority of the Board are in compliance with all Board requirements such as background investigations, mandated basic and in-service training, and mandated reporting. Board Investigators work closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement investigators to conduct possible criminal investigations.
Pursuant to 50 ILCS 705/6.2, all law enforcement agencies shall notify the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (aka the Board) within 30 days of any final determination of willful violation of department or agency policy, official misconduct, or violation of law when:
(1) the officer is discharged or dismissed as a result of the violation; or
(2) the officer resigns during the course of an investigation and after the officer
has been served noticed that he or she is under investigation that is based on the commission of a Class 2 or greater felony. This includes violations of Illinois statutes or statutes of
other state or federal agencies when the elements of the offense are substantially similar to an Illinois criminal offense which is a Class 2 or greater felony.
To facilitate the reporting, the Board has developed several documents which can be found in the FORMS section of our website and also on LEDI.
The Board will be providing the 40-hour Mandatory Firearms Training to approved County Probation Officers per P.A. 098-0725. In order to be approved for such training, the Chief Judge of the Judicial Circuit must designate each officer to be authorized to carry a firearms and eligible to attend the MFT. A letter outlining the procedure to follow can be found HERE.
On December 12th, 2013, pursuant to the requirement of P.A. 098-0311, the Board has approved the training standards for Animal Abuse and Cruelty; Canine Behavior and Officer Response courses. The standard will be shared with Basic Law Enforcement academies and MTUs. Click HERE to obtain the standards.