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Bloodborne Pathogens
In this unit, the cadet will be taught the types of infections/communicable diseases and the universal precautions equipment used to prevent exposure to communicable/infectious diseases.
Breath Alcohol Testing/Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
The cadet is taught to conduct a valid breath test upon a subject to determine the percentage of alcohol in the subject's blood. Also, the cadet learns the proper method of conducting a field sobriety test to determine the extent of a subject's intoxication.
Case Preparation and Courtroom Testimony
Covers the proper procedure for presentation of evidence, search, or arrest warrant preparation and execution and reviewing case details with the prosecution prior to trial. The cadet will also learn methods of legal research and gain the ability to understand legal terms and their usage.
Civil Rights and Civil Liabilities
This unit will give the cadet an understanding of the legal ramifications of his/her action, or inaction, upon himself/herself and/or the department for which he/she works.
Commercial Vehicles
  • Second Division Vehicles

  • The cadet will acquire an understanding of an officer's duties and procedures in enforcing laws governing second division vehicles.

  • Motor Carrier Safety

  • The cadet will understand how to properly locate, apply, and explain Illinois Motor Carrier Safety Law, Chapter 18b, and will become certified as a Level III Driver Inspector.
Community Policing
Upon completion of this unit, the cadet will gain the foundation information to begin to integrate subsequent instruction of the cadet program into the history philosophies and principles of different policing strategies and their impact on the ISP.
Control and Arrest Tactics
Upon completion of this unit, cadets will have fundamental knowledge of how to control subjects in the field and to defend themselves from armed as well as unarmed attackers. The program is broken down into two phases. Phase one teaches the basics and phase two teaches the students to use their techniques in a dynamic, ever changing environment.
Crimes Against Children and Interviewing Children
The cadet will receive information on the Department of Children and Family Services and the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Also, the cadet will acquire a functional understanding of the different crimes against children as well as interviewing of children.
Crimes in Progress
The cadet will learn how to approach a crime in progress, formulate an effective plan of action to protect himself/herself and others, or secure the scene if action on his/her part alone is deemed to be sufficient.
Criminal Law

This unit will cover the responsibilities of the officer in addressing the law of arrest, search, and seizure; stop and frisk; admissions and confessions; pretrial incarceration; evidence; and police power/authority. The cadet will also concentrate upon learning criminal offenses as defined in the Illinois Revised Statutes.

Critical Incident Response Training

This unit of instruction trains the Cadet to handle emergency situations and properly supervise a critical incident until relieved by a supervisor. Decision-making skills are developed with table top exercised to simulate the emergency situations.

Deaf and the Law Enforcement Community
Upon completion of this unit, the cadet will understand the nature of deaf culture and properly utilize all tools necessary to facilitate communication with a deaf person.
Decision Making
The cadet will be introduced to, and gain basic familiarity with, the basic concepts which make up quality decision making practices.
Domestic Violence Dynamics/Law and Intervention
The cadet will learn to identify possible violent situations and different methods of reducing the likelihood of violence such as restraint of a violent individual. The unit will also include husband-wife disputes, bar fights, and attempted suicides.
Drug Enforcement
The objective of this unit includes teaching the cadet to recognize various forms of narcotics and their effects and to identify different types of field tests to obtain a tentative identification of an alleged drug. The cadet will also learn the different elements of the Cannabis Control Act and the Controlled Substances Act.
Effective Police Communication Tactics
This unit will demonstrate the ability to control a violator with appropriate communication skills. The unit will also include communication skills to help an officer effectively deal with today's changing society.
Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC)
In this unit, the cadet will learn to identify proper procedures for defensive driving, anticipation of unusual or unexpected situations, and determining appropriateness of engaging in high-speed driving. Also, the cadet will learn the different aspects of operating a departmental squad car.
Ethical Conduct in A Diverse Workplace
  • Sexual Harassment & Cultural Diversity
  • Rules of Conduct
  • Ethics

The cadet will be prepared to act in accordance with the standards of the ISP regarding the prevention and treatment of sexual harassment behaviors, and will acquire an understanding of the implications diversity issues have on the ISP. Cadets will demonstrate an understanding of an officer's responsibilities related to misconduct and the potential consequences of violations as well as the ability to evaluate their own behavior. Also, the cadet will make sound decisions based upon the ethical principles of the ISP in both personal and professional capacities.

Facing Moral Decisions
The cadet and instructor will engage in discussions about a variety of scenarios involving complex decisions. The scenarios may hinge on moral issues and require the cadet to articulate their course of action. The cadet will have to further explain the outcome and impact of their decisions.
Firearms
The cadet will learn departmental rules regarding qualifications with issued firearm arms and safety rules. The cadet will become very familiar with the department issued Glock 22/23 pistol, Remington Model 870 shotgun, as well as trained with a rifle. The cadet will be required to qualify with their issued weapons prior to graduation from the Academy.
First Responder/CPR
The cadet will learn to give immediate care to a person who has been injured or suddenly taken ill and become certified in First Responder and CPR.
Formative Exercises
Formative Exercises is a course of study designed to measure a cadet's ability to integrate learned skills into action. The course is presented later in the cadet program and comprised of a variety of real life scenarios. The cadets must use all of their newly learned skills to successfully encounter and control violators. The scenarios range from aiding a stranded motorist to engaging an armed assailant.
Fundamentals of An Arrest
  • Interview and Interrogation

  • The cadet will be shown the proper methods to prepare for, conduct, and conclude both interviews and interrogations. The cadet will also learn how to apply these methods to several different types of subjects including young persons, elderly persons, and emotionally shocked persons.

  • Custody, Arrest and Booking Procedures

  • The cadet will be introduced to, and develop a working knowledge of custodial arrest procedures and required follow-up activities.

  • Fingerprinting

  • The cadet is taught to fingerprint persons and to complete the appropriate form. Also, explained are the four basic fingerprint patterns and the seven distinctive ridge characteristics found in friction skin.
Fundamentals of Stolen Vehicles
This unit is divided into sections which teach the cadet such things as identifying altered license plates, salvage operations, motorcycle theft identification, and anti-theft procedures.
Interviewing the Elderly
In this unit, the cadet will acquire an understanding of the effects of aging, the recommended strategies and techniques for improving communication with elderly persons, and an appropriate police response to elder abuse.
Hazardous Materials Awareness
In this unit, the cadet will be acquainted with the proper procedures to be followed when confronted with a hazardous materials scene such as a truck spill. Also, the cadet will learn information relating to motor carrier vehicles and their safety maintenance.
History of the ISP
The cadet will develop a broad understanding of the development of the ISP.
Identification Procedures
This unit will discuss the three common means for arriving at identification of a suspect and will acquaint the cadet with the legal challenges to these identification procedures.
Illinois Vehicle Code
The cadet will become very familiar with the elements of the Illinois Vehicle Code and its enforcement. Also, the cadet will be presented several hypothetical traffic situations and be requested to identify the violations taking place in each.
Integrated Criminal Investigation
  • Preliminary Criminal Investigation

  • In this unit, general investigative principles are taught as well as departmental procedures for investigating criminal cases.

  • Crime Scene Protection and Evidence Potential

  • The cadet will receive instruction on how to identify the perimeter of a crime scene and the proper methods to retrieve relevant evidence from a crime scene.
Introduction to Officer Character
The cadet will receive initial instruction on Character Education. Character Education helps reenforce expected core values and principles. The defining characteristics of an "ideal" Trooper and Cadet are discussed, as well as how to successfully integrate those traits into their everyday lives.
Juvenile Law
This unit will provide the cadet with a basic knowledge of the Juvenile Court Act including current amendments, procedures affecting juvenile justice, and understanding the scope of the delinquency problem.
Laws of Admissions
The cadet will be instructed in the definitions and requirements for dealing with admissions and right to counsel.
Laws of Arrest, Search, and Seizure
The cadet will acquire an understanding of an ISP sworn officer's duties and obligations regarding arrests, searches, and seizures which are derived from case law, Criminal Code of 1961 and ISP policy.
Motorcycle Gangs
In this unit, the cadet will learn of different motivations and activities of street gangs and motorcycle gangs. The cadet will learn to recognize a gang and any illegal activity they may be involved in.
Patrol Procedures
This unit will teach the cadet the functions of patrol, various methods for conducting patrol, and the variety of tasks and procedures the officer should undertake to properly prepare for patrol duty.
Physical Training
Throughout the cadet's training he/she will complete rigorous physical training. Fitness tests are conducted and the cadet is required to pass the tests. The objective is not only to get the cadet in top physical condition, but to leave the cadet with an attitude of wanting to remain in condition throughout his/her career.
Police Response to the Mentally Ill
In this unit, the cadet will acquire an understanding of an ISP officer's sworn duties and responsibilities concerning individuals whose behavior(s) are indicative of a mental disorder, the procedures for handling subjects, and processing by arrest, transfer, or applying 405 ILCS 5/3 600-606 to the situation.
Police Response to Suicidal Persons
In this unit, the cadet will acquire an understanding of an ISP officer's sworn duties and responsibilities concerning individuals who may be suicidal. The cadet will be presented with information, situations (which have occurred), and statistics which indicate the seriousness of dealing with persons experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Radar/Lidar
The cadet will be taught the theory behind both the radar and lidar units as speed measuring devices. Also, the cadet will be required to pass the radar certification course.
Radio Procedures
The cadet will learn how to use a standard police radio and specific codes/language associated with its use. Practical applications are used to evaluate the cadet's ability to demonstrate his/her proficiency.
Report Writing

The cadet will be taught the correct procedures in completing departmental reports such as traffic citations, crime and incident reports, and accident reports. Concentration will also be given to the need to write concise and factual summaries of interviews.

Rights of the Accused
Upon completion of this unit, the cadet will possess a functional working knowledge of his/her duties and responsibilities regarding the treatment of persons in custody.
Rules of Evidence
A foundation will be established for the cadet to understand the meaning and importance of evidence, the various types of evidence, and the legal restrictions imposed by the court relative to the introduction of evidence at trial.
Stress Management
This unit will describe and enable the cadet to recognize the early symptoms of oncoming stress and the major physiological changes that occur under stress.
Traffic Crash Investigation
This unit entails all aspects of motor vehicle traffic crash investigation including procedures, policies, and report preparation. Accident scenes are simulated requiring the cadet to demonstrate his/her new skills and knowledge.
Traffic Direction
In this unit, the cadet will learn to manually direct traffic, and under which situations such action is necessary.
Valkyrie
Upon completion of this unit, the cadet will understand the importance of, and demonstrate skills in, scanning all traffic stops for drug interdiction opportunities.

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