After successfully completing an approved academy course and passing the state certification exam, each law enforcement officer is issued a certificate and certificate number reflecting this status. This certificate is required to serve as a law enforcement officer in Illinois. Even after an officer leaves his or her original appointment, they remain a certified officer. In certain instances, a waiver of this requirement may be issued to an officer who was trained in a different state and has completed the reciprocity process.
Nevertheless, under Section 6.1 of the Illinois Police Training Act, an officer’s certificate is automatically revoked upon the conviction, or plea of guilt, of a felony or certain misdemeanors (see the list below). For this reason, it is the duty of each officer and the employing agency to notify the Board as soon as an officer is arrested for a decertifiable offense. Each employing agency must also notify the Board of any case developments that lead to conviction, plea of guilt or, dismissal.
|Criminal Sexual Abuse||Theft||Harassment of Jurors or Witnesses|
|Indecent Solicitation of a Child||Deceptive Practices||Simulating Legal Process|
|Sexual Exploitation of a Child||Impersonating a Police Officer||Advances Prostitution|
|Prostitution||Keeping a Gambling Place||Profits from Prostitution|
|Keeping a Place of Prostitution||Offering a Bribe||Manufacture or Delivery of Cannabis|
|Pimping||Resisting or Obstructing a Peace Officer||Delivery of Cannabis on School Grounds|
|Criminal Sexual Abuse||Aiding Escape|
Upon conclusion of the underlying case indicating a conviction or plea of guilt, the officer’s identification will added to the Board’s decertification list which is shared with the National Decertification Index maintained by the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Training Standards and the federal Bureau of Justice Administration. Decertification occurs as a matter of law and defers to the conclusions made through the judicial process.
Any chief, sheriff, or chief administrator of a law enforcement agency may report an officer who has been arrested or convicted of a certifiable offense, or submit a request to review the National Decertification Index by contacting PTB.Certification@Illinois.gov.