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Administrative Services Bureau
The Administrative Services Bureau plays a vital role in the operation of the Academy. The office of the bureau chief coordinates computer orders, repairs, equipment moves, telecommunications requests. A facility floor plan and staff location by office is maintained by this office. The Academy training schedule is prepared every two weeks and distributed to command. The other primary functions of the bureau are divided among three sections.
Logistical Support Section
This section maintains the building and grounds of the Academy complex with respect to maintenance and janitorial responsibilities. New construction, rehabilitation, and facility repairs are coordinated with Logistics, the Capital Development Board and outside contractors. Section personnel are responsible for maintaining the Academy fleet, ensuring class/meeting rooms are always ready, and building security.
Facility and Resource Section
Assigns housing and classrooms for guests and students while coordinating all schedules and activities which involve the cafeteria.
Technology Delivered Services Section
This section utilizes state-of-the-art technology and training aids to promote learning and training. Section personnel manage and maintain the ISP Distance Learning/Video Conferencing network which features 13 sites throughout the state. This section develops web based training and electronic learning curriculum for law enforcement officers and oversees the content of Academy web pages on the internet and intranet. The Audio/Visual Unit coordinates filming, editing and producing of training videos, public service announcements and special projects from the Director’s office and other Divisions. The Training Records database is located within this section. Training records from districts are maintained on this system, including re-certifications and pertinent training data used by the districts in monitoring mandated training compliance. The section is also responsible for the e-mail system, and cafeteria operations.
Physical Skills Bureau
The primary responsibilites of the Physical Skills Bureau include teaching a variety of officer safety skills to all cadets and recruits who attend the Academy, and providing Canine Training for the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies.
Firearms Section
Cadets and recruits receive their Firearms Training from Firearms Section personnel. As part of the Academy's Guest Program for the families of cadets and recruits, the section provides a segment on home safety which includes ways to ensure the officers' weapons are safe while in the home. The Firearms Section also conducts quarterly qualifications and night/stress shoots for ISP officers in the Springfield area. The section is responsible for repairing weapons, as well as distributing all ammunition and targets to the districts.
EVOC Section
This unit is responsible for training all cadets in emergency driving and offers a 36-hour Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) class for local officers. Additional duties include: conducting classroom drivers training for all recruit classes; presenting a high risk drivers course for ISP officers who are identified by the Accident Review Board; and conducting Skid Car training for ISP In-service classes.
Canine Section
Personnel assigned to this section coordinate the training and evaluation of all ISP canines and provide supplies and special assistance. The unit offers a full-service class and a narcotics only class for ISP and local handlers. Additionally, the section conducts recertifications for all ISP and any local canine teams.
Officer Survival Section
This section provides cadets and recruits with training in use of force, all Control and Arrest Tactics (CAT), officer survival and traffic stops. The unit supervises the district CAT instructors in teaching all CAT modules. The section conducts CAT in service on a quarterly basis. The section conducts daily physical training for both the cadet and recruit classes, and serves as the statewide Physical Fitness Inventory Test (PFIT) coordinator. These duties include coordinating the PFIT and Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (POWER) tests for cadets, recruits and applicants, as well as implementing the P-FIT test for sworn and code employees.
Bureau of Training
The Bureau of Training is responsible for the Basic Training of Illinois State Police Cadets and local law enforcement officers, coordination of the ISP Field Training Officer Program and Breath Alcohol Training.
Policing Foundation Section
The Policing Foundation Section is the venue in which the majority of basic training takes place. It is here Illinois State Police Cadets and Local Law Enforcement Officers (recruits) receive their basic training. Cadet and Recruit classes are assigned class coordinators, typically a sworn officer, to ensure the needs of the class are met. The class coordinators are responsible for all aspects of training ranging from reserving a bus for off-site training to granting privileges while assigned to the Academy. Through this section, curriculum is delivered, tested, assessed with real life scenarios, and further assessed during a field training period.
Legal Section
The Legal Section is responsible for basic and in-service training in the areas of Criminal Law, Illinois Vehicle Code, Juvenile Law, Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse, and Emergency Medical Services. This section is concerned with existing law, changes to the law, and court decisions which affect laws in these areas.
Alcohol Substance and Testing Section
The Alcohol and Substance Testing Section (A.S.T) is responsible for training Cadets and Recruits in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. The A.S.T Section conducts breath analysis instrument operator training for Cadets and Mobile Training Units. In addition, this section has operational control of the Breath Analysis Program for the state. These responsibilities include the monthly certification of approximately 700 breath instruments around the state. Section personnel also provide relicensing exams for in-service personnel.
Educational Development and Administration Section
The Educational Development and Administration Section is responsible for the recruitment, training, and scheduling of instructors who will teach basic and advanced training to state police personnel as well as local law enforcement officers. This training is conducted at the Academy and off-site locations. This section continuously reviews and revises, in conjunction with content area specialists, all curriculum provided in basic and advanced training. The Educational Development and Administration Section conducts assessment and testing following the completion of training. This section critiques Academy programs and instructors in an effort to maintain effective, current training.
Continuing Education Section
The Continuing Education Section develops and delivers a variety of courses to sworn officers. These courses include Basic Narcotics, New and Advanced Agents, Motor Vehicle Theft, Crash Investigation and Reconstruction, and In-service training for incumbent officers. In addition to these courses, there are other specialty courses delivered on an as-needed basis, such as Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse and Computer Crimes. Critical Incident Response Training is also delivered by the sectioon. The Continuing Education Section helps to educate officers beyond the basic training level and initiate specialties.
Delivery Support Section
This section coordinates Authentic Assessments and Integrated Exercises for the Cadet program. The Authentic Assessments and Integrated Exercises consist of scenarios which allow the Cadets to physically perform what they have learned in the classroom. Cadets are required to use the radio, physically operate a squad car, collect evidence, make appropriate decisions, and complete all necessary paperwork as if they were in the field. Standard scenarios include traffic stops, motorist assists, domestic violence situations, DUI's, etc. Authentic Assessments are considered the "testing" portion of practical knowledge application versus Integrated Exercises being the "teaching and learning" portion of practical knowledge application. In addition, the Delivery Support Section facilitates the developement of Recruits and Cadets through the Learning Advocacy Program. The Learning Resource Center provides material to supplement and assist the students' learning.

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