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Electronic Control Device (ECD) Random Inspection
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.

In the coming month, the Board will be sending to all basic law enforcement academies, Mobile Training Units (MTUs), and local law enforcement agencies a DVD that contains training information on the Firearms Concealed Carry Act. Recruit officers will receive training on “concealed carry” through the academies. Agencies are strongly encouraged to send their officers to training offered by the MTUs. Policy development is the responsibility of each agency.

FAQ related to the Concealed Carry law (P.A. 98-0063)
The Illinois State Police, who has the primary responsibility of implementation of the Illinois Concealed Carry law, have posted answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on their website. Updates are posted as needed.

Please note the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board is not involved in any part of the implementation of this law. In-service and basic training for local law enforcement officers will be forthcoming from the Mobile Training Units and Basic Law Enforcement academies.

At the Quarterly Board meeting in Chicago on December 12th, 2013, the Board approved minimum training standards for county correctional officers who work at county juvenile detention homes. For further information, please click HERE.

On December 12th, 2013, pursuant to the requirement of P.A. 098-0311, the Board has approved the training standards for Animal Abuse and Cruelty; Canine Behavior and Officer Response courses. The standard will be shared with Basic Law Enforcement academies and MTUs. Click HERE to obtain the standards.

2014 Quarterly Meetings

Date Location
March 5-6 Crowne Plaza
June 4-5 Holiday Inn
September 3-4 Hilton Indian Lake Resort
December 10-11 Westin Chicago

The Training Board is currently mailing out the 2013 Revised Use of Force brochures to all agencies using the current roster to determine the number of brochures to send to each agency. Please note the brochure is only for use during the annual firearms qualification of your active officers. Once the agencies are completed, the Board will be providing copies to the MTUs and academies for their respective basic firearms courses. If your agency needs additional brochures, the PDF version can be found on our website. The Board will reprint the brochure every fiscal year (July 1st) as long as funds are available.

If you have any questions, please email Cora Beem at

SWIC is currently accepting applications for the Board-certified, OSFM-approved 200-hour Basic Arson Investigator course. The course is tentative scheduled to start November 18th, 2013 in Belleville, IL. The course is open to any ìpaid FF II, with chiefís consent, and who has attended Fire Modules I and IIî.

Applications are due no later than November 4th, 2013 and the course is subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met by that date.

For further information, please check SWICís website at

50 ILCS 705/10.11

At the March 7th, 2013 Quarterly Board meeting, the Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board presented the Lead Homicide Investigator Certification process for Coroners. For specifics on the process, please follow the following link: Letter to ICMEA and Lead Homicide Investigator Waiver Request and Application for Coroners.

80 Hour Transition Course
The 80-hour Transition course was developed to bridge a part-time law enforcement officer who has successfully completed the part-time training program and passed that certification exam into a full time law enforcement position. This course is offered by SWIC - check their website ( for more information.

Implementation of Narcotic Detection Canine Minimum Certification Requirements
Effective July 1st, 2012, P.A. 97-0469 (50 ILCS 705/10.12) mandates that "all police dogs used by State and local law enforcement agencies for drug enforcement purposes…be trained by programs that meet the minimum certification requirements set by the Board." The Training Board refers to these police dogs as "narcotic detection canines".

At the March 8th Training Board meeting, the Board approved both the minimum certification requirements and the implementation process.

Our Part-time ordinance sample is available here in PDF or MS-WORD.

50 ILCS 705/10.11 (Effective: January 2012)

At the March 3rd, 2011 Quarterly Board meeting, the Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board approved the Lead Homicide Investigator Training. For specifics on the training, please follow the following link:Memorandum regarding implementation.

After the officer has attained certification, to maintain a current certificate, the Lead Homicide Investigator must attend 32 hours of Board-approved lead homicide investigator in-service training within a 4 year period after certification. For further information on In-service training, please follow the following link: LHI Recertification Information.

For more information of Lead Homicide Investigator certification and maintenance please see our FAQ section.

Information on Private Auxiliary/Reserve Police Organizations
The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, in cooperation with the U.S. Marshals Service, Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Department of Justice, and the Illinois State Police, is conducting an investigation into non-governmental, legally unrecognized, and unauthorized "auxiliary/reserve police organizations" offering "police assistance, services, and employees" to county and local police agencies. Certain illicit organizations have been successful in convincing law enforcement agencies that they are legitimate. These organizations have also attempted to create an appearance of authority through financial records and other "legal" documents to avoid constitutional requirements establishing real law enforcement authority for the use of police powers. Since this Board is responsible for the certification of all law enforcement personnel in the State of Illinois, we wanted you to be aware of this situation in order to avoid jeopardizing the safety and security of your community.

Please see the following for more information: Letter from Director Kevin T. McClain, Opinion of Lisa Madigan, Attorney General

Annual Police Chief/Deputy Police Chief Training Hours Public Act 94-354

Please complete the training form which may be located on the ILETSB website with at least a minimum of 20 hours training to the Training Board office. Chiefs/Deputy Chiefs are required to submit mandated training hours annually on a calendar year basis according to P.A. 94-354.

To record your training hours on the appropriate form, please click here.

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. Participants of this one week / 40 hour block of instruction receive intensive training on dealing with individuals in the community who have a mental illness. To date, the ILETSB has certified over 2500 officers statewide, from more than 160 agencies in this specialized program.

To find out more about the CIT program or to enroll in an upcoming course, please follow the links below:

Upcoming Training :

FY14 CIT Training Opportunities

For general information on the CIT program, please contact Jennifer Wooldridge, ILETSB’s Manager of Operations at:

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