Basic Law Enforcement Training

Course Description

The 14-week, 560-hour basic law enforcement course (BLE) exceeds the requirements set by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board for all new police officers in the State of Illinois.

This high-quality resident program utilizes current principles of adult learning to prepare students for classes, allowing us to optimize performance-based, hands-on instructional methods. Community policing values are integrated throughout the course with emphasis on the service functions that are so much a part of today’s law enforcement mission.

Discipline and structure prepare young recruits to meet the challenges of today’s complex policing environment. A regimented physical training program provides challenges that prepare officers for the demands on the street. Officers are expected to be in either an Institute uniform or their department uniform each day. We set high expectations, demand performance, and reward excellence.

PTI’s firearms and control tactics programs are nationally recognized for excellence. Drivers training and practical exercises provide recruit officers with the knowledge and skills to “hit the ground running.” Innovative communication techniques provide officers with the best communication skills training offered anywhere in the country.

Training Charges

Resident: $6,020 (price effective through June 2018)
Commuter: N/A

Course Dates Course Number
08/13/17 – 11/16/17 #3216
01/22/18 - 04/26/18 #3283
05/21/18 - 08/23/18 #3284
09/17/18 - 12/20/18 #3285

Electives

The Police Training Institute has integrated seven certification programs into the BLE experience. Two are incorporated in the basic training and five are offered as electives. These courses offer additional training beyond that provided in the 480-hour basic curriculum. They are generally offered in the evening following regularly scheduled classes. The courses are:

INCLUDED

OC Spray – A classroom presentation includes the effects and decontamination of OC use, use of force related to OC use, and movement and spraying of subjects using inert OC. Officers will be sprayed and then will have to accomplish several tasks, including weapon retention, defensive/control tactics, and firing at a target using a laser weapon.

Baton Certification – Impact weapon certification is incorporated into the Control Tactics portion of the BLE. Proper use and techniques are taught. The session culminates with situational decision-making drills.

OPTIONAL

The Police Training Institute’s goal is to remain proactive in finding solutions to the most pressing issues involving law enforcement. The following optional classes are beneficial for those interested in further steps toward police reform in the 21st century. The following courses, which relate to police reform, are free of charge:

Patrol Rifle Operator Course – PTI is offering one session of the new Patrol Rifle Operator course during each BLE. Recruit officers who take advantage of this option will stay in class until 10 p.m. Friday of week 13 and then be in class that Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. They will be free to travel home after class on Saturday (if they choose to). This additional course (along with what they already receive in BLE) will certify them in the 24-hour Patrol Rifle Course. PTI will provide the weapon and ammunition. Cost is $464. Space is limited to the first 20 registrants.

Police Spanish Course – This 20-hour street level Spanish course is an additional program available to all basic students and conducted in the evenings. It is designed to give the officers the basics in using Spanish for control purposes. Commands that increase officer safety are stressed. This course is delivered in four 4-hour sessions. The cost for this course is $150 per student, which covers cost of materials. Students who enroll in this course receive training in arrest, command and control expressions, traffic-enforcement expressions, gathering of field information, and precautionary and danger word recognition.

Taser Certification – The 6-hour Taser certification course is offered one evening during the basic program. Officers learn the proper use of the Taser and how it can be integrated in their use of force. This course is delivered by a Taser certified instructor. At the end of the training, officers will receive a certificate of training in the X26. The cost is $175 per student.

Juvenile Specialist Certification – In cooperation with North East Multi-Regional Training (MTU3), PTI offers a web-based program that prepares students to take the State of Illinois Juvenile Officer Certification exam the last week of the Basic program. The complete curriculum of the 40-hour course is web-based. Students can work on the program in their free time while attending PTI. The final certification test is at the end of the BLE. The cost of this training is $120 for the first recruit officer an agency enrolls and $75 for each recruit officer enrolled thereafter. Payment for this course will be handled directly through NEMRT and should be arranged prior to the recruit’s arrival at PTI. Contact Mary Rose Pocuis at NEMRT: 630-896-8860 ext. 116 or email mary@nemrt.com.

Policing in a Multiracial Society – 9 hours, no charge
The Police Training Institute is taking a new approach to preparing recruits to successfully police in a multiracial society. With the collaboration of faculty researchers in African-American studies, history, educational psychology as well as PTI director Dr. Michael Schlosser, the institute has developed a tripartite model of cultural competencies to frame this education program (awareness, knowledge, and skills):

  • Increase officers’ awareness of their own social identities and racial beliefs
  • Increase knowledge about theory and research related to the intersection of police and race, including implicit bias, colorblind racial ideology, micro-aggressions, institutional racism, racially biased policing and the social-historical experiences of racial minority communities
  • Develop officers’ efficacy to apply skills (including de-escalation techniques, communication, and critical thinking in a culturally informed manner

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Ally Training – 3 hours, no charge
This course is designed to give recruits the current realities of police interactions with LGBT individuals. It addresses the impact of positive versus negative interactions, the role of the police, and respectful interactions.

Less than Full Access LEADS/IWIN Certification – Students in the BLE course are able and encouraged to use the student computer lab to complete the LEADS instruction and certification exam. Accomplishing this as part of the basic course puts them in a better position to contribute right away when they return to the agency. As these courses are posted on the web, there are no fees assessed to have officers complete these courses.

NIMS Compliance Certification (IS-100LE/IS-700/IS-200) – these computer-based training programs are offered by FEMA, and jurisdictions receiving federal emergency preparedness grants are required to have their personnel certified. No special user ID or passwords are needed. Officers can complete this training using personal, department, or PTI computers. PTI will monitor your officer’s completion of these courses and will send certificate to agency at completion of BLE. There are no fees to access these training programs.

Victims of Sexual Violence – 3 hours, no charge
The curriculum shall include specific training techniques for immediate response to, and investigation of cases of domestic violence and of sexual assault of adults and children, including cultural perceptions and common myths of rape as well as interview techniques that are trauma informed, victim centered, and victim sensitive.

Guest Speaker Presentations – 4 hours, no charge
This four-hour block will consist of guest speakers on various topics. There may be one speaker or several during this block of instructions, depending on the speaker and topic. The speakers and topics may change from class to class. Here some examples of topics:

  • The homeless
  • Wrongful convictions
  • Drug court
  • Police intervention and prevention of drug issues
  • Police and the media
  • Use of social media by police

Securing a Helicopter Landing Zone and law Enforcement Activation of the Air Ambulance – no charge
In most areas of the state of Illinois, law enforcement officers are the first responders to arrive on the scene, many times long before fire or EMS. With the knowledge of proper activation criteria for air ambulances, law enforcement officers have the ability to activate a helicopter and increase the chances of survival for trauma patients. This class teaches law enforcement officers observational signs that a non-medical person may identify that indicate a critical injury and how to activate the helicopter before EMS arrives. This class also teaches law enforcement officers how to set up and secure the landing zone following the recommendations from the Federal Aviation Administration. Since air ambulances are frequently landed within confined or populated areas, law enforcement officers are paramount in keeping the community and the helicopter crews safe. This class is taught by a board-certified flight nurse and includes a visor-card with basic information that the officer may keep in their car for references.

Note: The Basic Law Enforcement Course and the Basic Correctional Officer are approved for Veterans’ Educational Benefits. Forms will be handed out at the beginning of your class.

 

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