The East Central Illinois Police Training Project is an in-service, regional training program serving law enforcement agencies in Champaign, Piatt, and Vermilion Counties, as well as Farmer City, Gibson City, and Paxton. The Training Project operates under the authority of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board and is well established as the major delivery system for career development and advanced training in the region. The Project began operations on November 1, 1977, and serves over 800 sworn officers from 46 units of local government. The Project is one of 14 Mobile Training Units serving local units of government throughout the State of Illinois.
Training Advisory Board
To identify the current training needs of local agencies, the Project staff maintains close, ongoing contact with all levels of law enforcement personnel in the region. However, a local Advisory Board is responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of training programs. The Advisory Board is composed of police executives, training officers, and locally elected officials. Their direction enhances the delivery of high quality programs and ensures that courses are customized to meet the specific training needs of local law enforcement.
In keeping with the expressed interest of local law enforcement and the basic philosophy of regional training, the East Central Illinois Police Training Project has adopted the following goals:
- To significantly improve the quality and quantity of in-service training for user agencies.
- To make training more accessible and flexible in meeting the needs of agencies and practitioners.
- To enhance the cost effectiveness of training by encouraging multi-jurisdictional participation and sharing of local resources.
- To make specialized training available for upper and middle management as well as for operational level personnel, and to provide training across these areas when appropriate.
- To increase the percentage of officers receiving a 40-hour minimum of in-service training annually.