|Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Jonathon E. Monken today announced the graduation of Cadet Class 117. The 67 new officers will report to their districts of assignment on Monday to begin a 14-week Field Training Program (FTP). |
"These newly commissioned officers successfully completed 25 weeks of rigorous training at the Illinois State Police Academy,” stated Director Monken. “We welcome them to the ranks of the Illinois State Police and salute their dedication and commitment to serving the citizens of Illinois.”
Members of Cadet Class 117 began their training on May 31, 2009, and underwent a regimen of physical and classroom instruction, including Terrorism Awareness, Domestic Violence, Critical Incident Response, Firearms Training, First Responder Certification, Illinois Vehicle Code, Criminal Law, Motor Carrier Safety, Emergency Pursuit Driving, Juvenile Law, Police Response to Mental Illness, and more.
The new Troopers have been assigned to the following areas of the state and will immediately begin their patrol duties, joining veteran Troopers in the effort to safeguard our state:
Probationary Troopers participate in one-on-one mentoring with Field Training Officers (FTO) for 14 weeks. During that time, the officers are assigned to different FTOs and begin to take on more responsibility by performing the tasks on their own. Probationary Troopers who successfully complete the training with an FTO are advanced to solo-patrol status.
- District Chicago – 14 officers
- District 5, Lockport – 11 officers
- District 2, Elgin – 10 officers
- District 8, Metamora – 6 officers
- District 1, Sterling – 5 officers
- District 6, Pontiac – 5 officers
- District 15, Downers Grove – 5 officers
- District 18, Litchfield – 3 officers
- District 22, Ullin – 3 officers
- District 16, Pecatonica – 2 officers
- District 12, Effingham – 1 officer
- District 17, LaSalle – 1 officer
- District 21, Kankakee – 1 officer
In June 2005, the ISP Merit Board implemented a new rule which allows an applicant’s education to be considered acceptable if they have either an Associate’s Degree or equivalent, and three years of continuous full-time service as a police officer with the same police agency or three years active military duty. The addition of military service as an option of work experience provides an opportunity for many veterans to join the State Police and begin a career in law enforcement.