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ILEA End of Year Report - 2020

The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy had many accomplishments in 2020.

CLICK HERE for the details in the annual ILEA End of Year Report!


ILEA Announces New Prebasic Course!

We have heard your comments, suggestions, and complaints about the prebasic program. The ILEA is excited, therefore, to announce the new and improved prebasic program, a three-year comprehensive project. The goals hopefully achieved through this ‘reimagination’ of prebasic are:

  • the substantive areas of prebasic are more practical and usable by new LEOs;
  • the program continues to comply with statutory requirements;
  • it’s now easier for the Lead Instructor of prebasic to implement (more user friendly);
  • rollout of new certificates of completion of prebasic (rather than relying on the prebasic affidavit only);
  • more uniform instruction on substantive topics;
  • reduced workload on local instructors;
  • better record keeping at ILEA; and
  • increase in the integrity of the program through use of unique computer generated tests.

As always, ILEA is eager to receive comments regarding this new, and hopefully improved, prebasic.

Click here to set up a Prebasic Course.


Indiana Law Enforcement Academy 2020 Strength Book

Click Here to download the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy 2020 Strength Book.


Presidential Executive Order 13929 Addresses Use of Force

Attn: Chiefs and Sheriffs

Presidential Executive Order 13929 addresses use of force policies for state and local police agencies. 
The certifying body in Indiana is the Indiana Law Enforcement Accreditation Council (ILEAC).

Click here for guidance on reporting responsibilities
The deadline for reporting is January 31, 2021.


Retired Officer Handgun Qualification Course of Fire - New Dates Added!!

Attention Retirees!
The ILEA will be offering a Retired Officer Handgun Qualification Course of Fire!

The Retired Officer Handgun Qualification course provides an opportunity for those police officers in Indiana that have separated from service (as “qualified retired law enforcement officers” under Public Law 108-277) to complete an approved handgun course of fire.

After completing the course of fire, those retirees who meet the minimum standards as established by the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Executive Director and the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board, will receive a certification card. This card, in addition to the photographic identification that is issued to the retired officer from their employing agency, can serve as certification that the retired officer has met the criteria to exempt them from local and State prohibitions on the carrying of concealed firearms as provided by Federal law.

In addition to completing a 30-round course of fire for each type of concealed firearm that they intend to carry, the retiree must demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of each, as well as demonstrate safe handling and reloading skills. Retirees will provide their own ammunition (30 rounds) for each type of firearm that they intend to qualify with, as well as their own eye and ear protection for the qualification. Targets, range instruction and certification cards will be provided by the ILEA. These qualification courses (required to be renewed annually under Public Law 108-277) will be offered quarterly. Retirees will be required to provide their photographic identification (retired officer credentials) prior to completing the course of fire.

Upcoming dates for this course are:

  • February 10, 2021
  • April 14, 2021
  • August 4, 2021
  • November 17, 2021

Retired officers will be required to register prior to attending the course of fire. This can be done by contacting Lt. Tom Lahay - TLahay@ilea.IN.gov or 317-837-3239. The fee for this course is $20.00 per student. Those retired officers who have written authorization from their employing agency to use in-service credit hours can pay for this course using 1 of those hours.  This course will be offered quarterly to coincide with the Tier 1 basic firearms breakout weeks.

To download the Retired Officer’s Handgun Qualification Course of Fire CLICK HERE.


Rights of Sexual Assault Victims Brochure and Acknowledgement of Receipt From ICJI

Starting July 1, 2020 per Indiana Code 35-40.5, whenever a victim of sexual assault is subject to an interview by a law enforcement officer in relation to injuries, trauma or an investigation resulting from an alleged sexual assault there are certain rights that attach.

Specifically, Indiana Code 35-40.5-5-1 states:
Law enforcement officer’s duty to inform victim of rights. [Effective July 1, 2020]
Before a law enforcement officer commences an interview of a victim, the law enforcement officer shall inform the victim of the following:
(1) The victim’s rights under this article and other relevant law in a document to be developed by the state sexual assault response team, which shall be signed by the victim to confirm receipt, unless the victim has already been provided with the document under IC 35-40.5-4-2.
(2) The victim’s right to speak with a victim advocate or victim service provider during the course of the investigation, and that the victim has the right to speak to victims assistance or a social worker if a victim advocate or victim service provider is not available.

The State SART has developed the documents for you to use for this purpose for sexual assault victims 18 years of age and over. There is a brochure that outlines victims’ rights. This brochure will go home with the victim. There is also a signature page that needs to be filled out to acknowledge the victim’s receipt of this brochure. That page, once completed, is to remain in the law enforcement file.

Before law enforcement interviews a victim of sexual assault, the brochure needs to be given and the signature page needs to be completed. Please begin doing this by July 1, 2020. The only exception is that if the sexual assault victim has already received this brochure from the medical provider who previously conducted a medical forensic exam, then you do not need to also give the brochure.

Translated versions of these forms are in the works and will be distributed to you as soon as we have them. There will also be an updated official State Form coming in the future to replace this signature page. Again, we will forward that as soon as it becomes available.

The victims’ rights brochure and the signature page are available for you to access on ICJI’s website.

If you have questions, please reach out to the State SART Committee by contacting Amy Blackett at ablackett@ipac.in.gov or Devon McDonald at DeMcdonald@cji.IN.gov.


Extension of Instructor Certification Hours Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

Executive Order - EO2020 - 031

Executive Director
Law Enforcement Training Board

Effective May 20, 2020

250 IAC 2-10-6 states that all instructor certifications shall be valid for 3 years from the date of certification. However, due to the Governor's executive order that was in place from March 24 through May 1, 2020 that allowed only essential business to be conducted and the CDC guidelines that required all persons to adhere to the CDC social distancing guidelines, the Executive Director is granting a one time 90-day extension to all LETB Certified instructors with an expiration date that falls between March 24, 2020 - December 31, 2020. This will allow instructors that were not able to teach during the Stay At Home order to complete their required hours and renew their instructor card.

SO ORDERED This 20th day of May, 2020.

Timothy M. Horty
Executive Director, Indiana Law Enforcement Academy


Changes In Instructor Identification Numbers

Attention ILEA/LETB Certified Instructors!

You should have a letter D, E or F after your PSID# on your Instructor Identification card.
This letter is your Psychomotor Skill. Example: D- Physical Tactics, E-Emergency Vehicles Operation, F- Firearms. 

Also, the 4 numbers in front of the PSID # is the year and month your certification expires.
Example: 1701 would be year 2017 and the 01 would be the month of January.

These changes went into effect 7/01/2015, so this is just a reminder.

 

New 2018 Basic Academy Handgun Qualification Course of Fire

Effective February 19, 2018 this new 50 round course will be required for all approved LETB Basic Academies, including the Pre-Basic course. Please view the linked informational video and downloadable outline on the course of fire. After viewing the video and outline you can forward any questions to the ILEA Director of Firearms Training Lt. David Kipper at dkipper@ilea.in.gov.

ILEA Introduces New Fee Structure

Effective July 1, 2017 the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy will begin charging fees for services that have previously been supplied free of charge. Click here to read the memo from Law Enforcement Training Board Chairman - Douglas G. Carter outlining the necessity for this change in policy and a list of the new fees.

Earn College Credits for ILEA Basic Training!

A number of colleges have partnered with the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy to give college credit for classes completed in the ILEA Basic Course curriculum.

Each college has awarded credit for different classes and the total number of credit hours differs from college to college. Some of these colleges will award the credits without a fee.

An officer wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should contact the registrar at the college of thier choice. Click here to see the list of participating colleges.

In-Service Training for Reserve Officers

The passing of House Bill 1242 mandated the LETB to establish mandatory in-service training programs for reserve officers effective July 1, 2015.  The LETB has approved the same requirement as for your paid officers.

Reserve officers will have to obtain a minimum of 24 hours of training annually to include: 2 hours of firearms, 2 hours of emergency vehicle operations, and 2 hours of physical tactics/use of force.  The LETB has adopted the following language as a preliminary policy until such time as a new Administrative Rule can be established:

“It is the responsibility of the appointing authority to verify the training was presented under the provisions established by 250 IAC 2-7-1.  These verification records are to be retained by the appointing authority for inspection by the Board, its executive director, or an authorized representative.”

FirstForward Now Providing Free ILEA Online Training

You can find NEW online training from ILEA at:

Link to FirstForward www.firstforward.com

ALL of the online training from ILEA is free to any Indiana Law Enforcement Officer on FirstForward. Creating an account on FirstForward is also free for Individuals and Departments. Department Training coordinators can be granted Organizational Admin rights with the ability to assign and track training of members of your department. Here is what is really cool; any completed training can easily be submitted to ACADIS with a few clicks.
Individuals can go to www.firstforward.com to sign up for your free membership on their own or they can be invited by the Organizational Admin.
Department Training Coordinators and Department Heads can setup your Department account and assign an Administrator by contacting FirstForward at (812) 330-7101 or email: help@firstforward.com

Secured Communications Grants Now Available

Motivated by recent events, within the Law Enforcement community, Secured Solutions, LLC is offering a private grant program that awards agencies cost-free, no obligation, no limit to the number of licenses and full usage for a full year of their secured communications application. Secured Communications protects all non-radio communication by and between dispatch, officers, investigators and supervisors from eavesdropping that could significantly affect officer safety. The system also protects public safety and/or investigative integrity. And more importantly, Secured Communications expands and simplifies inter-agency communication and mobile connectivity for multi-agency incident responses, major investigations, inter-agency information sharing and terrorist incident/disaster recovery response situations. Please contact Lonny Wilder - lwilder@SecuredCommunications.com or call (972) 746-1559 for more details and/or if you would like to see the 30-minute demo. This is time sensitive as funding is predicated on a first come basis.

"I Speak" Language Identification Guides to Download

When law enforcement officers encounter someone with whom they are unable to effectively communicate, they can use the “I Speak” language identification guide. The pocket-sized guide features laminated, spiral-bound cards containing the phrase “I speak [name of language]” in 80 different languages from around the world, plus 10 indigenous dialects from Central America.

- Download the “I Speak” guide to print on 8.5”x11” paper

The “I Speak” guides enable public servants to request interpretation services for the correct language by allowing literate individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) to quickly indicate the proper language for which interpretation is necessary.

When the person has indicated which language he or she speaks, the officer should follow the dictates of his or her agency’s language access plan. Most often this will involve contacting an on-call language interpretation service with whom the agency has a contract.

Indiana’s judiciary is committed to ensuring that courts’ and law enforcement officers’ interactions with non-English proficient individuals are fair, trustworthy, and intelligible. The Court Interpreter Program Advisory Committee of the Commission on Race and Gender Fairness developed the “I Speak” language identification guides for distribution to courts and law enforcement officers throughout Indiana.

Customize the guide for your agency or jurisdiction.

Anyone interested in obtaining a high-quality file to download and customize for their own organization should contact Staff Attorney LaKesha Triggs at lakesha.triggs@courts.in.gov. A Court Reform Grant from the Indiana Supreme Court made possible the development, production, and distribution of our state’s “I Speak” Language Identification Guide.

ILEAA Commemorative Brick Project

The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Associates (ILEAA) recently announced its Commemorative Brick Project which will recognize donors and officers, past and present, in the law enforcement services. A portion of the brick sales will then be dedicated to helping support Academy training functions and purchasing Academy equipment.

These bricks will be sold for $50.00 and will be engraved with these names and displayed by the front entrance of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. For more information contact Darlene Heald at dheald@gmail.com.

ILEA Sportswear Now Available!

Exclusive ILEA sportswear is now available though Rev Graphics.
Check out their on-line store HERE!

Instructor Identification Numbers

In order for in-service students to ensure that the training they receive is from a certified LETB instructor, the instructor identification number has been modified to reflect both the instructor’s expiration date and in what areas the instructor is certified to teach.
New instructor cards coming from the Academy will reflect this new ID number, and current instructors are asked to add the prefix and suffix to their present numbers when signing training rosters or producing training certificates. This new system is effective immediately.
Click here to read the Executive Order for all of the details.

Mandated In-Service Training

Information on all Mandated In-Service Training can now be found HERE.

ILEA Physical Fitness Standards Testing Protocol Video Now On-Line!

A new video demonstrating proper technique and typical protocol violations that occur during testing is now ready for viewing on-line. This video, which is presented by the ILEA's Lt. Steve Guthrie, is recommended to all students prior to training for the fitness test.

Lt. Guthrie is assisted by several officers from different departments, including: Troy Torrence & Jennifer Holt - ISP, Kristen Sprunger - Grant Co. SD, Jennifer Fults & Emily Peek – State Excise Police, Bruce Barnes - Noblesville PD & Michael Anderson – Anderson PD.

Click here to find the video on our Physical Fitness Standards page.

Updated Crime Scene Investigation Manual Now Available

An updated edition of the very popular Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement is now available. The Guide discusses the fundamental principles of investigating a crime scene and preserving evidence and contains everything you need to know in order to yield reliable information.

Originally released in 2000, the updated version is intended for use by law enforcement and other responders who have responsibilities for protecting crime scenes, preserving physical evidence, and collecting and submitting the evidence for scientific examination. The Bureau of Justice Assistance funded the effort to update the Guide. The day-to-day work was done by the National Forensic Science and Technology Center.

To read or download the updated version of Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement click here.

Important Message About ILEA Course Payments!

The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy cannot accept payment prior to the start of a class. Payment is due when your officer(s) checks in on the first day of training. Our business section can invoice your department or payment can be made by check, money order, cash or purchase order.

(Click here to download the Human Trafficking Guidebook & related materials!)

Annual Reporting of In-Service Training Due by March 31!

The Annual Reporting of 24 hours of In-Service Training for the previous calendar year is due by March 31 of each year.

IC 5-2-1-9(g) requires an Indiana law enforcement officer to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 24 hours of in-service training each year in order to be eligible for continued employment as a law enforcement officer.

LETB Guidelines for E-Training

The Law Enforcement Training Board (LETB) has established guidelines for allowing training presented primarily through electronic means to be counted for the annual 24 hour continuing education requirement for certified officers.

The responsibility for determining what type of training and the quality of the training falls to the department training officer and chief executive officer as it always has with the more conventional modes of training.

The LETB has established the following guidelines:

  • The terms e-learning or e-training mean that the majority of a class is presented through an electronic means, e.g., streaming video, podcasts, CD or DVD, other computer-based or similar modes, or via television.
  • The department training officer approves e-training, with the concurrence of the agency head, concerning the subject matter.
  • The training officer determines if the class is of sufficient quality to meet the annual training requirements for Indiana police officers. In making this determination, the training officer could use the following criteria as well as others:
    1. specifically evaluate the content of the program to be employed.
    2. require learning or performance objectives be supplied by the provider.
    3. require or create an examination of student performance based on those learning goals.
  • A training officer must then be satisfied that appropriate learning has occurred and may use the following approaches (or others as applicable) to make this determination:
    1. the training officer personally observes the student-officer taking the class at the training site.
    2. the training officer tests or otherwise examines the student-officer or has the officer demonstrate the skills that were to be taught.
    3. a post-test is given establishing that a minimum of 75% of the training objectives have been learned.
    4. a pre- and post-test are administered showing significant improvement of knowledge or skills for that particular subject.
    5. the training should be reported using the training officer's PSID number that conducted the program.

Indiana Certifies Crime Scene Investigators

The Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board has approved the certification of crime scene investigators. The forensic methods employed by the scientific community, the high standards demanded by the courts and the public's increased expectation for the identification, collection, and preservation of physical evidence has focused the need to hold the crime scene investigator to a higher standard.

The crime scene certification process, approved by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board, was a cooperative effort between the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, the Indiana State Police Laboratory Division and its quality assurance program and representatives of agencies from across Indiana. While voluntary and cost free, the certification establishes a minimum standard of training and experience in order to become certified.

If interested, contact Lt. Rick Kiefer at 317-837-3280 or e-mail rkiefer@ilea.in.gov
or click here for more info.

ILEA Cancellation Policy Now In Effect

If your department needs to cancel a student from an ILEA in-service class, it must be done no later than five (5) working days prior to the start of the class. If a student does not show up or cancellation is made any closer to the start of a class your agency will be responsible for payment in full of this class.