Established in 1955 by state statute, the University of Illinois Police Training Institute is one of the largest and longest running police academies in the United States. The institute has trained thousands of police and correctional officers since its inception, preparing students to be leaders and professionals in the ever more important peace-keeping function in our communities.

The University of Illinois and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board have formed a partnership to provide premier law enforcement training and academic research in the field of law enforcement and criminal justice. The Police Training Institute provides a 560-hour Basic Law Enforcement Academy, 200-hour Basic Correctional Officer Academy, and advanced specialty courses in firearms and arrest & control tactics. We also offer a citizens police academy for community members to learn about law enforcement and partnering with police to keep our communities safe.

Instructors are on the leading edge in developing new and innovative strategic approaches that enable peace officers to assist their communities in maintaining ordered and safe societies. Our academic research efforts, a critical part of our mission, are focused on producing new and more effective teaching methods to provide graduating officers with the knowledge and skills required for decision-making in an increasingly complex work environment.

The Police Training Institute is truly committed to the philosophical triad of duty, honor, and service for our students, staff, and instructional staff.