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In the Illinois State Police's early days, training efforts were primarily devoted to pistol practice, "drill" and motorcycle operation. Today, ISP cadets must successfully complete 25 weeks of training which balances classroom instruction, physical skills training, and integrated practicals. Cadets receive compensation for training. Normally, their first paycheck is received two to four weeks after they enter the Academy.
Placed throughout the training are competency-based authentic assessment practicals which involve role players acting out different types of situations. Authentic assessments evaluate the cadets' performance on the basis of their demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities. These practicals are designed to provide the cadets with a realistic view of situations they may soon face. The exercises include officer safety, traffic stops, domestic calls and civil disorder.
After successful completion of 25 weeks of training, the cadets are sworn-in as Illinois State Troopers during a formal ceremony which the cadets' families are invited to attend. The new troopers continue their one-year probationary period by reporting to their assigned district and participating in the Field Training Officer (FTO) program. The FTO's are experienced ISP officers who assist the probationary troopers with their transition from the Academy to the field. The probationary troopers will ride with at least three separate FTO's during the 14-week program. Once they successfully complete the program, they can begin patrolling alone. Their training now becomes their "silent partner" who will be with them each shift for the rest of their career.
"Training to become the best involves your dedication and determination. The training at the Illinois State Police Academy is a demanding twenty-five weeks, but the rewards will last a lifetime..." CADET #4953

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