The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board is the state agency mandated to promote and maintain a high level of professional standards for law enforcement and correctional officers.
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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.
Effective 01-01-2012, under 50 ILCS 705/10.11, only law enforcement officers who successfully complete the 40-hour Lead Homicide Investigator training program may be assigned as lead investigators in homicide investigations. Additionally, the Board has developed an LHI training waiver process for officer’s who’s extensive training and experience may qualify them a waiver.
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 courses for LHI certificate renewal. The list is updated every 3 months after new courses are approved at the Board’s quarterly meeting. A list of the currently approved courses is available HERE. Agencies are responsible for ensuring LHIs attend approved courses.
It is suggested that agencies submit their Lead Homicide Investigator’s recertification paperwork no sooner than 6 months and no later than 3 months prior to the end of the 4th year.
Pursuant to P.A. 098-0358
In accordance with 50 ILCS 705/10.14(b), the Training Board has been tasked with conducting random inspections of agencies deploying ECDs to determine whether the officers receive appropriate training in their use. The Board is then tasked to compile the results, analyze them and report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before June 30, 2016.
The Board has tentatively defined “appropriate training” for the officer deploying the ECD as (1) initial training on the ECD following the manufacturer’s recommendation, (2) in-house training on the agency’s Use of Force policy involving the ECD, and (3) annual refresher training both to the manufacturer’s recommendations and on the department’s Use of Force policy involving the ECD. Such training should be documented within the agency’s training files.
Board staff will contact an agency head whose agency has been selected for a random inspection. It is anticipated that several hundred departments will be chosen over the timeframe stipulated by statute.
The Training Board has developed a Use of Force brochures for all agencies use during the annual firearms qualification of youractive officers.
P.A. 97-0469 (50 ILCS 705/10.12) amended the Police Training Act to require that “police dogs used by State and local law enforcement agencies for drug enforcement purposes…” be trained to meet the “minimum certification requirements” set by the Training Board. These standards were developed based upon the SWGDOG Guidelines. The Training Board’s “minimum certification requirements” can be found here.
The Board has worked with both the Basic Law Enforcement academies and the MTUs to develop training on the Concealed Carry Act. As of 2014, recruit officers receive training on concealed carry through the academies. Agencies are strongly encouraged to send their current officers to training offered by the MTUs. Policy development is the responsibility of each agency.
Since 2003, the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) has provided state-certified Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training to law enforcement officers throughout Illinois. To date, the ILETSB has certified over 4300 officers statewide, from more than 280 agencies in this specialized program.
In accordance with the Federal Act, Illinois passed Public Act 94-103 (2005) that provides for the annual certification of retired law enforcement officers qualified under federal law to carry a concealed weapon.
Through innovative education, training, research, and services the Executive Institute will guide the law enforcement community to achieve higher standards and professional development that will enhance their mission of providing professional law enforcement services to their constituents.
The Law Enforcement Document Exchange (formerly EDI) is a web-based application that allow users (Law Enforcement Agencies and States Attorneys offices) to access their personnel roster, firearms re-qualification roster and to submit notices of appointment/separation.
For more information or to sign up for LEDI, please visit our LEDI Information page.