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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


I-70 Closure to Effect ILEA

The Indiana Department of Transportation will close a portion of I-70 Eastbound and Westbound for approximately 30 days each.

I-70 EB from Ronald Reagan Parkway to the South Split will close on May 22. All lanes are scheduled to reopen on June 28.

I-70 WB from the South Split to Ronald Reagan Parkway will close on June 26. All lanes are scheduled to reopen on July 30.

These closures will remain in effect during the Memorial Day and July 4th holiday weekends.

Crews will be concrete patching and working on bridge joints and bridge decks during the full closures.

All collector lanes will be open to and from the Indianapolis International Airport during the full closures.

Detours
During the closures, drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes and plan extra time to travel.

  • From the airport to I-70 EB: Take the collector lanes to I-465 NB around to I-70 EB.
  • I-70 WB to the airport: Take I-465 SB around to Ronald Reagan collector lanes to get to the airport. Or continue North on I-465 to get back to I-70 WB.

INDOT and contractor partner, Rieth-Riley, are accelerating planned construction on I-70 to allow work to be done before major events rescheduled due to the COVID-19 public health emergency resume. Full interstate closures are being used to ensure safety for workers, reduce the overall construction time, and maximize use of taxpayer dollars.

In construction zones, please slow down and pay attention. During the full closures, be prepared to find alternate routes.

Click here for more details.

ILEA Reacts to COVID-19 Pandemic

UPDATE 4/2/2020

Greetings from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy,

Hoping all our Tier classes, alumni, family and friends are healthy and safe. These are trying times for us all but I firmly believe our Nation, State and Academy will be better when this COVID-19 pandemic passes.

In order to keep all our staff as healthy as possible, the Academy will be closed until May 1, 2020, and all employees will be working remotely.

If you have a question of an urgent nature, please email one of our staff members and we will be happy to respond. Our Staff Directory can be found HERE.

God bless you all.

Tim Horty
Executive Director,
Indiana Law Enforcement Academy


UPDATE 3/23/2020

I hope this finds you all healthy and safe. I am pleased to share that Governor Holcomb has just signed the attached executive order (20-09) to extend the time from hire date to mandatory academy attendance from one year to two. This means that many officers-deputies-marshals can go back to work immediately if their police authority was in jeopardy due the 220 class being suspended.

In addition, their pre-basic requirement is also fulfilled due to the number of hours completed in the 220 basic class…with the understanding that a firearms qualification and physical tactics requirement must be fulfilled if the breakout had not yet been completed in the 220th class.  The ultimate decision is obviously up to your chief executive.

On another note, the entire academy is being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will remain closed until April 7, 2020. If you need to get in touch with an Academy staff member please contact any of us by email or telephone. A directory is on the ILEA website.

Kind regards,
Timothy Horty
Executive Director,
Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

Click here to read the Executive Order issued by Indiana Governor - Eric Holcomb.


UPDATE 3/17/2020

The coronavirus pandemic has taken center stage in today’s world. The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, like many other institutions of education, is forced to amend its training schedule.  In keeping with the health recommendations made by Governor Holcomb and the CDC, along with the full support of the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board, I am temporarily suspending all basic recruit training at ILEA by close of business today.

I do not make the decision lightly and fully understand the impact this training disruption causes to local communities.  The suspension is planned for a period of eight (8) weeks, but obviously depends on the health conditions in Indiana. 

Governor Holcomb is aware of this action.  We will be working closely with his staff to ensure any necessary statutory requirements are immediately reviewed.  In coordination with Superintendent Doug Carter and his legal staff, we are confident that necessary adjustments to ILEA requirements are made.

I will stay in frequent communication with each of you in the immediate future. As you know, the health of our State and its police officers is my primary concern and the basis for all decisions made at ILEA. 

Cordially,
Timothy Horty
Executive Director,
Indiana Law Enforcement Academy


UPDATE 3/13/2020

As the coronavirus pandemic takes center stage in world events, the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, like many other institutions of education, is forced to amend its in-house training schedule.  Over the next few weeks and contingent upon the progression and changing dynamics of the pandemic, all in-service training scheduled to be conducted at the ILEA is cancelled until further notice.

All on campus In-Service training, to include firearms and EVO, is suspended until further notice.

In-Service training is of the greatest importance to us at the ILEA, however, it is not our most manifest obligation.  Given the complicated characteristics of the coronavirus we must do everything possible to manage the potential for infection within the basic student population.

I wish to assure you that this action was not taken in cavalier fashion and we will remain attentive to the infectious status of this virus and will resume In-Service operations at the soonest possible opportunity.  Your cooperation and understanding in this regard is most appreciated.

Cordially,
 Timothy Horty
 Executive Director,
 Indiana Law Enforcement Academy


ILEA End of Year Report - 2019

The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy had many accomplishments in 2019.

CLICK HERE for the annual ILEA End of Year Report to read all about it!

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.

The dates for this course in 2020 are:

  • March 25, 2020 (9-11am)
  • August 19, 2020 (9-11am)
  • May 13, 2020 (9-11am)
  • November 25, 2020 (9-11am)

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.

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.

An Open Letter to the Indiana Criminal Justice Community: Re: Dangerous Drugs

Attached here is An Open Letter to the Indiana Criminal Justice Community: Re: Dangerous Drugs from Douglas G. Carter, Superintendent of the Indiana State Police. In it, Superintendent Carter stresses that it is imperative that everyone handling controlled substances be cognizant of the hazards that are inherent with some drugs and take appropriate precautions.

The Indiana State Police Laboratory’s Drug Unit has identified fentanyl and carfentanil in casework samples. Several overdoses have been linked to these drugs and they can pose significant dangers to those exposed to them. For your own safety, please take a moment to read Supt. Carter's letter and the accompanying Special Bulletin from the ISP Laboratory Division about the precautions you should be taking with these dangerous drugs.

Click here to dowload the Special Bulletin from the ISP Laboratory Division & Supt. Carter's letter.

ILEA Monument to Honor Fallen Officers Erected

The ILEAA (Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Associates), our Alumni Association, has purchased this beautiful black granite memorial dedicated to those officers who have given their lives in service to the profession.

This monument was recently erected in the yard immediately in front of the main entrance to the academy.

This monument is just one of several donations the Association has made to the Academy.  The Alumni Association is a totally private organization and was founded after the financial constraints of the 2008 recession.

Alumni Association membership is open to any officer who has graduated from any of the LETB certified basic training academies in the state.

For more information about the ILEAA or an application, contact President Diane Sweeney - dsweeney@iupui.edu.

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: CLICK HERE.

Grants Available to Law Enforcement

The Indiana Attorney General is offering a grant program for training officers in the use of Narcan (for opioid overdose).  The following letter (which has been edited slightly for length) and the accompanying link introduce this program.

(Submitted for use by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller on Nov. 25, 2015)

In recent months, law enforcement officers in our state have gone beyond the call of duty to serve another mission – to save lives that would have been lost to prescription drug or heroin overdose.  The number of heroin overdoses in Indiana has more than doubled in the last few years.

While many officers already are trained in first aid, CPR and basic first response procedures, the drug overdose epidemic and many avoidable deaths have created new challenges for officers who primarily focus on enforcing laws.

Throughout our state, 55 law enforcement agencies have been trained to administer naloxone – also called Narcan – which is a fast-acting antidote to an opioid-induced overdose. 

Now, instead of waiting for medical assistance to arrive, law enforcement can act fast to administer naloxone. Within minutes or even seconds, the opioid effects are blocked, breathing is restored and a life is saved. In the short time since law enforcement was granted civil immunity to administer naloxone, at least 165 lives have been saved across Indiana. 

A new grant program has been created to support more widespread use of this life-saving tool. The grants are open to nonprofits registered with the State Department of Health to distribute naloxone kits and provide training on the use of naloxone to law enforcement and other first responders.

More information on the naloxone grant program is available at: http://www.in.gov/bitterpill/nalaxone-training-first-responders.html.

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.