What sets the Police Training Institute apart is our commitment to academic research in the field of law enforcement and criminal justice.

We collaborate with numerous colleges and academic departments at the University of Illinois, including the Department of Computer Science in digital forensics research; Anthropology and Genomic Biology in forensics DNA research; Psychology and Beckman Institute in police attention and perception under stress; Kinesiology in police fitness, and Educational Psychology in regards to diversity training for police. Students have the opportunity to be involved in various research studies. The result is new and more effective teaching methods that improve decision-making in an increasingly complex working environment for police.