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.