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Often when police departments are looking for qualified candidates, many times applicants are certified out of state police officers. Thus, the question is, how does a municipality proceed with such a candidate? The municipality may have the candidate complete the Illinois Law Enforcement Basic Training Course or, another option is to request a conditional waiver of Illinois Basic Law Enforcement Training if the officer meets the conditions as set out by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB). The following are the requirements for such a waiver:

Summary of Conditions:

  • Candidates must first be hired by a law enforcement agency.
  • Applications for waiver and all documentation must come from the hiring agency.
  • ILETSB assesses whether the training and experience are sufficient for the candidate to be eligible to receive a waiver of basic training.
  • The candidate must then pass all requirements outlined in the conditional waiver letter, which may include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Mandatory Firearms Training (full or abbreviated)
    • Illinois Law for Police Course
    • 200-question Equivalency Exam

Make sure to consult your Tressler attorney if you have questions or need assistance with hiring out of state police officers!