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.