Training for Illinois State University Police is an on-going journey. Officers do not go to an academy and come back as fully formed widgets with a badge. Humans require scaffolding of knowledge, building upon and acknowledging existing schema and biases, and continuing throughout their entire careers.
560 hours at the Police Training Institute in Urbana-Champaign (or other authorized state law enforcement academies), which values progressive, scenario-based training.
To look inward so we can better serve outward with Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diligence, and Equality. These trainings begin with a required introduction upon arrival at our department to white privilege and a history of institutional racism provided by the Division of Student Affairs, and continue with annual opportunities that include, but are not limited to:
To ensure officers understand and converse regularly about our directives and policies. As a fully-accredited agency by the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program we regularly revisit our directives to ensure they are consistent with evolving state and federal law, as well as the best, evidenced-based practices.
Lasting 14-16 weeks after completion of Basic Law Enforcement Training. A team of certified Field Training Officers (FTO) instruct, guide, and nurture new recruits through understanding all of our policies, procedures, our University, and our values.
Integrated into our every day from the time of hire to the day we retire.Professional development is an important a tool as those we put on our duty belts, not a box to check annually. The following list is only the beginning of those opportunities officers will experience to grow within their jobs and as individuals: