Update 10/16/2017: Memo to Law Enforcement Administrators RE: Part-Time Basic Law Enforcement Training (PDF)
As you may recall, the part-time academy was temporarily suspended until the new 560 hour curriculum was developed. The Board is happy to report that the full-time 560-hour course is now up and running and the part-time academy is nearly complete. We anticipate a January 1, 2018, implementation date for the part-time program.
There will be some new requirements introduced in order to professionalize and improve the new 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:
- File a FORM E, Notice of Appointment form with the Board office, which shows the initial date of active employment for the recruit and enables ILETSB to assign the officer a Police Training Board Identification Number (PTBID#), which is required for all paperwork.
- Contact the Mobile Team Unit (MTU) offering the Part-Time Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy to request an enrollment packet for your recruit.
- Once you have completed the enrollment packet and returned it to the MTU by the part-time academy enrollment deadline, you will need to request a POWER test date. Be advised that within 6 months from the recruit's initial date of hire, they must successfully pass the POWER test to become enrolled in the part-time academy. Failure to meet this first hurdle of successfully passing the POWER test by the 6 month deadline and/or the academy enrollment deadline will automatically prevent the recruit from being enrolled in the course.
(Note: Doctors release forms are good for 60 days only). Many MTUs have pre-set POWER test dates to coincide with the start date of their part-time academy. Those dates may be found posted on their individual websites.
- In addition, the 40-hour MFT requirement must be met within 6 months from the initial date of employment. (65 ILCS 710/2). Contact your MTU for a schedule of course offerings
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.
We look forward to the implementation of the new part-time program. Feel free to contact Jan Allen or Deputy Director Patrick Connolly, if you have questions. Please watch for additional information in the near future.
Please be advised that the Board has decided that the new 560-hour Part-Time BLE would be suspended until January 1, 2018. Therefore, once the existing PT BLE courses are concluded using the current curriculum, there will be a break in PT BLE training for a few months. This will allow time for the Executive Institute and their staff at Western Illinois University to update the online training modules.
Departments with PT officers in need of Basic Law Enforcement training will be given two options:
- Enroll their officer(s) in the January 2018 PTBLE courses through their local MTU. They will need to submit a request to the Board for an extension of any deadlines for Basic Law Enforcement Training. These extension requests will be granted due to the temporary suspension of the program. However, please note that the 6 month deadline for both the mandatory firearms course and passing the POWER Test still applies. Additionally, if more than 45 days passes after the POWER test, the recruit will be required to pass the POWER test before the start of the academy.
- Hire their officer(s) at FT status, enroll them in one of the FT academies to complete the 560 hour Basic Law Enforcement course, and then submit a Form E to drop them back to PT status once they successfully complete the BLE and return to work at the department.