This program has been
developed in response to law enforcement administrators seeking a
pool of trained and certified candidates available for service.
It enables civilians seeking a career in law enforcement to
attend basic law enforcement training at their own expense. This is
a unique opportunity to attend a state law enforcement academy.
Interns are integrated into classes with sworn officers and
receive the same training. The
Intern application process is currently
only available at Southwestern Illinois Police Academy.
This program is for Illinois residents only. Applicants must have
valid Illinois driver's license and Illinois Firearms Owner
Identification card. The following information
has been designed to help you better understand the selection
process and what you can expect during academy training.
Program requirements are strict.
There are three steps in the selection process. You must
successfully pass each step in order to proceed to eventual academy
Step I) Application Process:
Return your completed
application. Your application will be reviewed
for verification of the following
a) At least 21 years of age at
start of training
b) A High School Diploma or G.E.D.
c) United States citizenship
d) Illinois Firearm Owners Identification card (F.O.I.D.)
e) A Valid Illinois Drivers License
- Drivers License revocation is automatic disqualification
- Drivers License suspension will be evaluated
f) No felony convictions
g) 50 ILCS 705/6(e) No applicant
will be admitted to a certified academy unless the applicant is a
person of good character and has not been convicted of a felony
offense or a crime involving moral turpitude under the laws of this
state or any other state which if committed in this state would be
punishable as a felony or a crime of moral turpitude. The Board may
appoint investigators who shall enforce the duties conferred upon
the Board by this Act.
h) Under Federal Law, conviction of
any offense as a result of a domestic violence incident prohibits
possession of a firearm, resulting in an automatic ineligibility for
hire as a police officer.
Applications will be returned for any
missing or incomplete information.
Once the application has been
verified as complete, with all minimum requirements met, a
background investigation will be initiated. This will include an
academic, financial, personal, employment, driver's license,
residency and criminal history, as well as a reference check.
When should I apply for the program?
Courses will be scheduled
throughout the year. It takes several months to complete the
application process. Your application should be filed by the
deadline (see Dates to Remember) prior to the starting date of the class in which you wish to
What should I do after I mail my
You must request an official copy
of your transcripts from any colleges or universities that you have
attended and have them sent to Southwestern Illinois Police Academy. You must also apply for your
F.O.I.D. card at this time. If you currently have a F.O.I.D. card, verify that it
will not expire during selection process or training.
How will I know if my application has
If all initial requirements are
met, you will be notified in writing of the date and time for the
following tests and procedures: the
Test (Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report), psychological
and cognitive tests as well as fingerprinting and drug screening.
What do I need to do before I take the
You will need to verify that you
have health insurance with Emergency Room coverage. Coverage must be
effective on the day of your P.O.W.E.R. Test, as well as throughout
academy training. You will need to bring a copy of your insurance
card as well as the Proof of Health Insurance form (attached to the
application) with you on the day of the P.O.W.E.R. test.
In addition, you will be
responsible for scheduling a Physical Examination with your personal
physician. The purpose of this examination is for the doctor to make
an assessment that you are physically fit to participate in the
P.O.W.E.R. test as well as academy training. This examination should
be done within sixty days of your P.O.W.E.R. test.
Please wait to receive
notification of your P.O.W.E.R. test date before making your
Fitness Examination form is attached to the application for your
doctor to complete. Please make sure this is completed and signed
and bring it with you on the day of your P.O.W.E.R. Test.
Step II) Tests and Procedures:
As part of the applicant process,
there will be five test/procedures. These include the P.O.W.E.R.
test, a psychological test, a cognitive test, drug screening,
and fingerprinting. There will be fees associated with these tests
(see Costs). Your results will be mailed to you as soon as they
are processed. No
results or scores will be given over the telephone or
Cognitive Test and Psychological test will be used to measure
important skills necessary to perform successfully in an entry level
law enforcement position, such as deputy or patrol officer. All of the following tests will be administered
on a Saturday. The tests will be given at Southwestern Illinois
College in Belleville and will take a minimum of eight hours to complete.
A) Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation
An applicant must pass each of the
four basic P.O.W.E.R Test Sections:
- Sit & Reach Test
- 1 Minute Sit Up Test
- 1 Repetition Maximum Bench Press
- 1.5 Mile Run
The P.O.W.E.R. Test will be the
first test given, and will last approximately 3 1/2 hours. The cost
for the P.O.W.E.R. Test
is included in your initial application fee. Failure to pass any
section of this test will prevent an applicant from proceeding to
the next step in the application process and no further fees will be
assessed. Click on any P.O.W.E.R Test
link for detailed information regarding each section of the test as well
as the required performance standards. You should begin a physical
conditioning program at this time in order to pass the P.O.W.E.R.
You will be fingerprinted
as part of the background investigation.
C) Drug Screening:
Results will be made available to
the Illinois Law Enforcement Intern Training Program. Should there be a positive result,
you will be contacted for additional clarification. Non-satisfactory
clarification will result in denial to the Intern Program.
This is used to test arithmetic, reading, grammar, and report
writing skills. A minimum score of 70% in each category is required
E) Psychological Evaluation:
The California Psychological Inventory, a written test, will be
evaluated to determine if you have the basic psychological
characteristics suitable for a career in law enforcement. A
positive recommendation from Standard and Associates, Inc. is
Step III) Oral Interview Panel:
successfully complete all of the tests in Phase II will then be
scheduled for an oral interview (Phase III). Each applicant will be
interviewed by a group of law enforcement professionals. Providing
all previous selection procedures were passed satisfactorily, you
will be notified of the time, date and location for the interview in
writing. All interviews will be held at Southwestern Illinois
College in Belleville. Interviews will be approximately
45 Minutes in length and the panel will look at your background
history in addition to your interview responses in order to
determine your qualifications for admittance into the Intern
All examination and assessment
results will be used in determining your eligibility and ranking for
admission into the training program.
How will I know if I am selected for the
Intern Training Program?
All applicants will receive written
confirmation of acceptance or denial into the program. If you are
selected, you will receive detailed information on when and where to
report for training. If classes are full, you will be scheduled for
the next available course, and carry your standing on the
eligibility list with you. Should you be unable to attend in the
event of extenuating circumstances, a decision regarding
rescheduling of a training class will be made on an individual
Is there a refund policy?
There are no refunds for any tests
or procedures. In the event that a student must drop out of the
academy, tuition will be reimbursed on a pro-rated basis.
Step IV) The Academy:
Basic training lasts for ten weeks. All training will be at
Southwestern Illinois Police Academy,
and academy rules and regulations will apply at all times.
Classes will be Monday
through Friday, during the day, as well as
occasional evening classes. There will be a ten minute break between
each class with 45 minutes allotted for lunch. You will also need to
allow time for homework in the evenings. Your classes will be in a
variety of subjects.
There will be classroom as well as
hands-on training to provide basic skills and techniques necessary
to be successful in the law enforcement field. The academy will
provide all weapons and ammunition that you will need during the
What is the dress code at the Academy?
dress code will be adhered to during orientation and throughout the
Long sleeve dress shirt, with collar, buttoning all the way down the
front and tie.
Dress trousers (i.e., cotton, corduroy, etc.) No Jeans of any
Black or dark brown socks
Dress shoes or uniform shoes (no sport type tennis shoes or western style boots)
also be issued athletic clothing for physical exercises. You
will furnish your own athletic shoes according to academy
Is there an attendance policy?
Students must complete all 400
hours of training. In the event of illness, injury, or other
emergencies which cause absenteeism, an assessment and plan will be
made for making up missed instruction. In the event of excessive
absenteeism, for whatever reason, the student may be dismissed from
What does it take to graduate?
To graduate from the program, an
overall average of 70% must be maintained for the entire course.
There will be no exceptions. In addition, the student must
successfully attain a 70% proficiency in use of firearm and maintain
a course notebook. Once you have completed your training
requirements successfully, you will be eligible to take the State
Certification Exam on the final day of class. This is a 200 item
examination that is a requirement for all law enforcement officers.
You will be notified of the results in writing.
A graduation ceremony will be
conducted. At this time you will receive your Intern Training
Certificate. Each intern is encouraged to invite family members to
attend the ceremony.
How long is my State Certification
(50 ILCS 708/20)
Sec. 20. Certification; transition course. The Board shall
require law enforcement interns to undertake, at a minimum, the same
training requirements as established for law enforcement officers
under the Illinois Police Training Act. The Board certificate
reserved for law enforcement officers shall not be awarded until the
law enforcement intern is employed, has successfully completed the
State certification exam, and meets the requirements established by
the Board. The Law Enforcement Intern Certificate shall be issued to
the trainee following the successful completion of the course. The
graduate law enforcement intern, if not employed as a law
enforcement officer within 2 years after issuance of the law
enforcement intern certificate, must then meet the requirements of
the Illinois Police Training Act upon employment. A graduate law
enforcement intern who is not employed within one year, but is hired
within 2 years after completing the course, must successfully
complete a transition course approved by the Illinois Law
Enforcement Training Standards Board and again successfully complete
the law enforcement State certification exam in order to obtain the
Board's certificate reserved for law enforcement officers. The
transition course shall consist of a minimum of 80 hours and shall
be conducted at a Board certified academy.
(Source: P.A. 90‑259, eff. 7‑30‑97; 91‑357, eff. 7‑29‑99.)
Once you have graduated, you may
begin your employment search. It is recommended that you develop a
portfolio containing your resume and Intern Training Certificate,
which indicates that you have successfully passed the State
Certification Examination. All of this will be very beneficial to
any agency to which you apply. Keep in mind that hiring standards and selection
procedures may vary according to individual agencies.
Attendance of the Law
Enforcement Intern Program does not guarantee employment with a law
enforcement agency, however having completed the required courses as
well as the State Certification Examination will allow you to
confidently present yourself to a law enforcement agency of your
choice. We expect a very high employment placement rate for Intern
Graduates. It is advantageous for police agencies to hire Intern
Graduates. This is a unique opportunity to prepare yourself with the
best training available in the law enforcement field.
We hope to see you in the academy!