The Police and Community Relations Improvement Act (50 ILCS 727) and Illinois Police Training Act (50 ILCS 705) mandate training requirements for active police officers in the State of Illinois, including the types of training referenced above. The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board is the state agency mandated to oversee training requirements, curriculum and standards.
Mandated training for active police officers includes:
- Civil Rights
- Constitutional and Proper Use of Law Enforcement Authority
- Cultural Competency (including implicit bias and racial and ethnic sensitivity)
- Human Rights
- First Responder Procedural Justice (including impartiality, reasonable use of force, de-escalation training, crisis intervention team training, verbal and non-verbal communication, bias awareness, language and cultural responsiveness); and,
- Mental Health Awareness (including de-escalation training)
New officer certification through the Law Enforcement Basic Academy is a curriculum of 580 hours which includes training in de-escalation, communication in the police environment, control and arrest tactics, procedural justice and mental illness behavior.
The Glen Ellyn Police Department also has 12 police officers that are Crisis Intervention Certified (40 hours of training) and all members of the Department receive annual training in Mental Health First Aid.
In April 2018, the entire Department received a 4 hour block of training which included representatives from the following organizations: World Relief, PADS, Bridge Communities and the Philip J. Rock Center.
In addition to the above, Glen Ellyn Police Officers are held accountable to our standards and values through a series of systems, including:
- Our 18 month probationary period which is further explained later in this document.
- In-car cameras and audio recording worn by the officers.
- Training standards explained in greater detail throughout this document.
- Supervisory documents completed daily.
- Annual performance review by all supervisors that are related to pay increases.
- A bonus program for exemplary annual performance.