When an Illinois Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) hires a law enforcement officer who they believe was certified as a full time law enforcement officer (LEO) in another state and wishes to receive a basic training waiver for that officer, the LEA should be aware of the following:
The hiring agency must first hire the LEO, and submit to the Board, the Form E (Notice of Appointment) either via LEDI or by USPS or other similar mail carrier.
The hiring agency must submit by USPS or other similar mail carriers, the following documents:
Board forms can be found on the Board’s website (www.ptb.illinois.gov) under the Resources/Forms and Information link. Please submit all documents as one package and submit to ATTN: Out of State Waivers. The Board cannot begin the waiver process until these documents are received.
Until the Board can confirm the LEO’s “home” state law enforcement certification, the LEO cannot carry a firearm. Rather than waiting for the issuance of the conditional waiver, the hiring agency may wish to enroll the LEO in the 40-hour MFT through the local MTU. Completion of this course will allow the LEO to carry a firearm while in field training and it will supersede the firearms requirement in the conditional training waiver.
Once the proper documents have arrived at the Training Board, the Board will make the necessary inquiries and, if there are no issues in the LEO’s background and certification, the Board will issue a conditional training waiver. Conditions attached to the training waiver MUST be completed within 6 months from the date on the letter. Each conditional waiver is specifically designed based upon the qualifications of the officer. Please read the conditional waiver letter careful and take note of the conditions listed on the letter.
The conditional training waiver issued by the Board may contain, but is not limited to, the following conditions:
None of these conditions can be met until the Board approves the out-of-state training. Due to the volume of waiver requests received by the Board, and the fact that we are dependent on responses from other state agencies, please do not ask Board staff to expedite your request.
These conditions cannot be determined by the Board until we have received confirmation of certification and standing from the issuing POST state, the officer has passed both the criminal history check and the National Decertification Index check. At that time, assuming all is well, the Board will issue a conditional waiver and advise the agency via letter.
Failure to meet any of the conditions as noted within the conditional waiver letter within 6 months will result in the training waiver being denied and the LEO will have to either be forfeited (separated) by the LEA or attend a Basic Law Enforcement academy.
PLEASE NOTE THAT RECIPROCITY FOR A FEDERAL OFFICER DIFFERS SIGNIFICANTLY AS MANY FEDERAL AGENCIES TRAINING IS SPECIALIZED RELATED TO THE AGENCY AND THE REVIEW OF FEDERAL TRAINING RECORDS CAN TAKE A SIGNIFICANT PERIOD OF TIME. FOR GUIDANCE RELATED TO HIRING FORMER FEDERAL OFFICERS, PLEASE CONTACT THE TRAINING BOARD.