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Indiana Fraternal Order of Police Law Enforcement Memorial Service

The annual Indiana Fraternal Order of Police Law Enforcement Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 7:00PM.  The memorial is located in Indianapolis, IN, on the West side of the Capitol, 102 Senate Avenue.  You may park in the State Capitol parking lot located on the North side of the Capitol.

We will be honoring the following officers:

  • Robert W. Nicholson, Clark County Sheriff’s Office - E.O.W. 09/26/2021
  • James R. Hirtzel, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office - E.O.W. 10/12/2021
  • Anthony W. Hinshaw, Losantville Marshal’s Office - E.O.W. 11/25/2021
  • John D. Starks, Clark County Sheriff’s Office - E.O.W. 12/08/2021
  • Noah C. Rainey, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office - E.O.W. 01/29/2022
  • Douglas W. Sanford, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office - E.O.W. 03/29/2022

Please call/email Molly Winters-Carie with any questions at 765-749-1067 cell or

Save The Date -  ILEA Annual Trainer's Conference

Mark your calendar! The ILEA Annual Trainer's Conference will be held on December 20th & 21st!
Registration will open in September.  Watch for more info as the date approaches!

ILEA End of Year Report - 2021

The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy had many accomplishments in 2021.

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

Act Now to Protect Against Increased Cyber Risks


In light of the Russian military attack on Ukraine, the global threat of cybersecurity risks also are on the rise, both on the international and local level. The military action already has been accompanied by cyber attacks on the Ukrainian government and critical infrastructure organizations. While there are no specific or credible cyber threats to the U.S. homeland at this time, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is warning organizations of the potential for Russia’s destabilizing actions to impact organizations both within and beyond the region, particularly in the wake of sanctions imposed by the United States and its Allies. Every organization—large and small—must be prepared to respond to disruptive cyber activity CISA has launched a new Shields Up site to provide the latest guidance and information to help organizations increase their resilience to cyber attacks and protect people and property. This robust catalog of free resources will be especially helpful today, as the cybersecurity threats facing the world have increased exponentially.


Together with our partners at CISA, the State of Indiana urges organizations to maintain a heightened sense of awareness and vigilance in preserving and protecting their critical systems/infrastructure.

To report a cyberattack or a cyber-related incident, please be sure to call the State of Indiana Emergency Operations Center (EOC) watch desk at (317) 238-1751. For additional information on reporting an incident, visit the Indiana Cyber Hub website at:

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please notify the appropriate agency.

Tracy Barnes - Chief Information Officer, Indiana Office of Technology
Stephen Cox - Executive Director, Indiana Department of Homeland Security
Captain Bryan Harper – Commander, Office of Intelligence & Investigative Technology and Director, Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center, Indiana State Police
Chetrice Mosley-Romero, State of Indiana Cybersecurity Program Director

Retired Officer Handgun Qualification Course of Fire

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.

This year, we will offer TWO time slots per date.

Upcoming dates for this course are:

    • Monday, April 25, 2022 (8:00am & 10:00am) – Outdoor Range
    • Wednesday, August 10, 2022 (8:00am & 10:00am) – Indoor Range
    • Monday, December 5, 2022 (8:00am & 10:00am) – Indoor or Outdoor Range

Retired officers will be required to register prior to attending the course of fire. This can be done by contacting Lt. Tom Lahay - 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.

Instructor Development Schedule for 2022

Instructor Development Course Dates - 2022Location Date Registration Opens
August 22-26, 2022 ILEA June 13, 2022 @ 8am
September 12-16, 2022 Terre Haute PD July 25, 2022 @ 8am
October 24-28, 2022 ILEA August 22, 2022 @ 8am
November 28 - December 2, 2022 Seymour PD September 12, 2022 @ 8am

Grant Applications for Body-Worn Cameras

Grant applications for body-worn cameras will be available soon through the Indiana DHS. The application period is expected to begin on January 17, 2022. All applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. ET on February 18, 2022. Visit for details.

Indiana Law Enforcement Academy 2020 Strength Book

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

A Message Concerning Town Marshals’ Office Manpower Rules

Date:  September 16, 2021
Re:  Town Marshals’ Office Manpower Rules

The common question, and its variations, can be easily summed up as follows: how many sworn officers can be hired by a town marshal’s office?

Some think that a town marshal’s office is limited to a total of three (3) officers, all of whom may only be Tier II basic training graduates; some believe that the three (3) officers may be any mix of Tier I and Tier II graduates; and others simply aren’t sure.

The answer lies in Indiana statutes. I.C. §5-2-1-9(i)(3) states that:

“Law enforcement officers successfully completing the requirements of the [town marshal basic training program; now called Tier II] are eligible for appointment only in towns employing the town marshal system (IC 36-5-7) and having not more than one (1) marshal and two (2) deputies.”

Many agencies and officers interpret this provision to limit the total size of a town marshal’s office to only three (3) officers, composed of one (1) town marshal and two (2) deputy marshals, all of whom are limited to Tier II graduates. I certainly understand how intelligent people may reach this conclusion.

However, I.C. §5-2-1-9(i)(3) must be read in conjunction with I.C. §5-2-1-9(i)(4), which states:

“The limitation imposed by subdivision (3) does not apply to an officer who has successfully completed the mandated basic training program.”

What is considered the “mandated basic training program”? This phrase is explained by I.C. §5-2-1-9(d) as the “basic training requirements established by the (Law Enforcement Training Board)” for Tier I training.

What is the “limitation” referenced? Due to the conjunctive term “and”, the limitation is that a Tier II graduate may only work for a town marshal’s office that has employed no more than one (1) marshal and two (2) deputies who are Tier II graduates.

When read together, these two statutes obviously mean that a town marshal’s office may have a Tier II graduate as the town marshal and, at most, two (2) deputy town marshals that are Tier II graduates, but that Tier I graduates may work for a town marshals office and the number of Tier I graduates is not limited to a maximum number of officers.

It is also equally clear that when a town marshal’s office experiences a vacancy for a Tier II officer, that vacancy may be filled by either a Tier I officer or a Tier II officer, so long as the total number of Tier II deputy town marshals does not exceed two (2). The town marshal may be either a Tier I or a Tier II graduate.

To summarize, currently a town marshals office may have one (1) town marshal who is a Tier II graduate and up to two (2) deputy marshals who are Tier II graduates, and may have an unlimited number of Tier I graduates in addition to the Tier II graduates specified. Thus, there is no limitation of the total size of a town marshal’s officer manpower roster, only a limit on the number of Tier II graduates.

Certification of 2020 Handgun Permit Revenue

Pursuant to House Enrolled Act 1001, effective July 1, 2021, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (“ICJI”) is charged with providing funding to city, town, and county law enforcement agencies to conduct law enforcement training, including the purchase of supplies and training materials. Law enforcement agencies may apply for funds in accordance with the policies and procedures established by ICJI.

According to HEA 1001, the total amount appropriated for the law enforcement training grants is $7 million over the 2022-2023 biennium. HEA 1001 also provides that funds distributed by ICJI to a law enforcement agency in a fiscal year may not exceed the amount that the law enforcement agency received from fees collected pursuant to Indiana Code § 35-47-2-3 during calendar year 2020.

In order to determine the maximum award amount that your agency or jurisdiction may qualify for in law enforcement training funds, ICJI requires a certification of the revenue collected pursuant to Indiana Code § 35-47-2-3. Please provide ICJI with a certification of your agency’s handgun permit revenue collected in calendar year 2020 within thirty (30) days from the date of this letter. An agency or jurisdiction may certify its calendar year 2020 revenue collected by visiting and selecting the “Law Enforcement Training” link found on the ICJI homepage. The certifying official will need to complete the required text boxes and upload a letter certifying the amount of funds collected.

If you have any questions related to this request, please contact our office at or by phone at 317-232-1233. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

De-Escalation Training Now Online From ILEA

The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy has released a two-hour training module on "De-Escalation Methods" to FirstForward.  This training is presented by Dr. Paul Whitesell, PhD; and offered for free to all Indiana police officers.  The Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board has approved the curriculum and officers will receive two hours of training credit after viewing the video and taking the online test.

Log in to FirstForward now to take this training!

A Letter From Director Horty Regarding Annual Training

March 8, 2021

To: All Indiana Law Enforcement Agencies

Dear Sheriffs, Chiefs, Town Marshals, and Training Coordinators:

In an ongoing effort to improve the service and professionalism of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, all procedures, policies, and protocols are undergoing a thorough review. One of the policies being examined is in-service training.

Both I.C. §5-2-1-9(g) and 250 IAC 2-7 concern the whys and wherefores of in-service training. Currently, each sworn LEO and reserve must complete 24 hours of in-service training, consisting of 2 hours in EVO, 2 hours in physical tactics, 2 hours in firearms, and 18 hours in any other topic taught in any course at ILEA. All these in-service hours must be completed between January 1 and December 31 of each calendar year.

I'm aware that past ILEA administrations have allowed a 'grace period' that extended through the first month or two of subsequent years. That is, if a LEO didn't get the full 24 hours completed in the calendar year the hours could be made up after January 1 of the following year and the training would be applied retroactively. This is, of course, in direct violation of Indiana law.

In fairness, the change of this 'unwritten' policy of a grace period will not end immediately; All sworn Indiana law enforcement officers and reserve officers will be held to completion of in-service training hours effective December 31, 2021. In other words, the 'grace period' will be observed for training due by December 31, 2020, but all training required for calendar year 2021 must be completed by December 31, 2021. That allows all sworn officers and reserves a full 9-10 months to get her/his in-service training completed. For the bad things that can happen if not timely completed, simply read 250 IAC 2-7-4.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.


Timothy M. Horty, 
Executive Director

If you have any questions, please contact our records section at 317-839-5191.

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.

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

As of 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 or Devon McDonald at

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

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 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:

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 - 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.

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

ILEA Sportswear Now Available!

Exclusive ILEA sportswear is now available though Paragon Resources, Inc..
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.   Click here to find the video on our Physical Fitness Standards page.

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
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.