Basic Law Enforcement Training

Course Description

The 16-week, 640-hour basic law enforcement course (BLE) exceeds the requirements set by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board for all new police officers in the State of Illinois.

This high-quality resident program utilizes current principles of adult learning to prepare students for classes, allowing us to optimize performance-based, hands-on instructional methods. Community policing values are integrated throughout the course with emphasis on the service functions that are so much a part of today’s law enforcement mission.

Discipline and structure prepare young recruits to meet the challenges of today’s complex policing environment. A regimented physical training program provides challenges that prepare officers for the demands on the street. Officers are expected to be in either an Institute uniform or their department uniform each day. We set high expectations, demand performance, and reward excellence.

PTI’s firearms and control tactics programs are nationally recognized for excellence. Drivers training and practical exercises provide recruit officers with the knowledge and skills to “hit the ground running.” Innovative communication techniques provide officers with the best communication skills training offered anywhere in the country.

ENROLLMENT:- All courses have a limited number of enrollments, so register early to ensure a spot in the class. Appointment papers must be received by PTI to confirm registration for Basic Law Enforcement courses. Registration may be made only by departmental personnel. Students may not enroll themselves.

Training Charges

Resident: $7,434
Commuter: N/A
All 2023 BLE classes are now full, but waitlists for ALL 2023 Basic Law Enforcement course are open  .

Course Dates Course Number
01/09/23 - 4/27/23#3553
05/08/23 - 08/24/23#3554
09/04/23 - 12/21/23#3555


The Police Training Institute has integrated seven certification programs into the BLE experience. Two are incorporated in the basic training and five are offered as electives. These courses offer additional training beyond that provided in the 640-hour basic curriculum. They are generally offered in the evening following regularly scheduled classes. The courses are:


OC Spray – A classroom presentation includes the effects and decontamination of OC use, use of force related to OC use, and movement and spraying of subjects using inert OC. Officers will be sprayed and then will have to accomplish several tasks, including weapon retention, defensive/control tactics, and firing at a target using a laser weapon.

Baton Certification – Impact weapon certification is incorporated into the Control Tactics portion of the BLE. Proper use and techniques are taught. The session culminates with situational decision-making drills.


The Police Training Institute’s goal is to remain proactive in finding solutions to the most pressing issues involving law enforcement. The following optional classes are beneficial for those interested in further steps toward police reform in the 21st century. The following courses, which relate to police reform, are free of charge:

Patrol Rifle Operator Course – PTI is offering one session of the new Patrol Rifle Operator course during each BLE. Recruit officers who take advantage of this option will stay in class until 10 p.m. Friday of week 13 and then be in class that Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. They will be free to travel home after class on Saturday (if they choose to). This additional course (along with what they already receive in BL E) will certify them in the 24-hour Patrol Rifle Course. PTI will provide the weapon . Cost is $300 as of July 1, 2022. Agencies will need to provide their recruits with ammuniton for this course.

Taser Certification – The 6-hour Taser certification course is offered one evening during the basic program. Officers learn the proper use of the Taser and how it can be integrated in their use of force. This course is delivered by a Taser certified instructor. At the end of the training, officers will receive a certificate of training in the X26 and X26-P. A 5-second exposure from the Taser is voluntary.  The cost for this training is $210 per recruit as of July 1, 2022

Juvenile Specialist Certification – In cooperation with North East Multi-Regional Training (MTU3), PTI offers a web-based program that prepares students to take the State of Illinois Juvenile Officer Certification exam the last week of the Basic program. The complete curriculum of the 40-hour course is web-based. Students can work on the program in their free time while attending PTI. The final certification test is at the end of the BLE. The cost of this training is $120 for the first recruit officer an agency enrolls and $75 for each recruit officer enrolled thereafter. Payment for this course will be handled directly through NEMRT and should be arranged prior to the recruit’s arrival at PTI. Contact Terri Hancock at NEMRT: 630-896-8860 ext. 11 or email

Policing in a Multiracial Society – 9 hours, no charge
At the University of Illinois Police Training Institute we are taking a new approach to preparing recruits to successfully police in a multiracial society.  With the collaboration of a team of researchers including faculty in African-American studies, history, educational psychology, and myself, the Police Training Institute has developed a tripartite model of cultural competencies to frame this educational program.

  • Increase officers’ awareness of their own social identities and racial beliefs;
  • Increase knowledge about theory and research related to the intersection of police and race, including implicit bias, colorblind racial ideology, micro-aggressions, institutional racism, racially biased policing and the socio-historical experiences of racial minority communities;
  • And develop officers’ efficacy to apply skills (including de-escalation techniques, communication, and critical thinking in a culturally informed manner.


Less than Full Access LEADS/IWIN Certification – Students in the BLE course are able and encouraged to use the student computer lab to complete the LEADS instruction and certification exam. Accomplishing this as part of the basic course puts them in a better position to contribute right away when they return to the agency. As these courses are posted on the web, there are no fees assessed to have officers complete these courses.

NIMS Compliance Certification (IS-100LE/IS-700/IS-200) – these computer-based training programs are offered by FEMA, and jurisdictions receiving federal emergency preparedness grants are required to have their personnel certified. No special user ID or passwords are needed. Officers can complete this training using personal, department, or PTI computers. PTI will monitor your officer’s completion of these courses and will send certificate to agency at completion of BLE. There are no fees to access these training programs.

Building Awareness of Wrongful Conviction (4 hours) – no charge
With increased emphasis nationwide on police reform, this course is collaboration between the Illinois Innocence Project and the Police Training Institute. The session on wrongful convictions serve several purposes:

  • Awareness of statistical data on wrongful convictions
  • Awareness of the reasons/causes of wrongful convictions, with an emphasis on police tactics
  • Discussions of best practices for law enforcement to help prevent wrongful convictions
  • Guest speaker (exonoree) to discuss personal experience and incarceration.

Securing a Helicopter Landing Zone and law Enforcement Activation of the Air Ambulance – no charge
In most areas of the state of Illinois, law enforcement officers are the first responders to arrive on the scene, many times long before fire or EMS. With the knowledge of proper activation criteria for air ambulances, law enforcement officers have the ability to activate a helicopter and increase the chances of survival for trauma patients. This class teaches law enforcement officers observational signs that a non-medical person may identify that indicate a critical injury and how to activate the helicopter before EMS arrives. This class also teaches law enforcement officers how to set up and secure the landing zone following the recommendations from the Federal Aviation Administration. Since air ambulances are frequently landed within confined or populated areas, law enforcement officers are paramount in keeping the community and the helicopter crews safe. This class is taught by a board-certified flight nurse and includes a visor-card with basic information that the officer may keep in their car for references.

Below 100 (4 hours) – no charge
This is a nationally recognized course that is taught by a certified “Below 100” instructor.  The mission is to reduce line-of-duty deaths to fewer than 100 per year.  The vision is to eliminate preventable line-of-duty police deaths and serious injuries through compelling common-sense training designed to focus on areas under an officer’s control.

Digital Evidence Course (4 hours)- no charge
This course will help Law Enforcement obtain an awareness level understanding of digital evidence sources that may further a criminal investigation. Crucial digital evidence now resides in standard devices such as phones and computers. But now evidence is also found in devices such as internet routers, refrigerators and even cars. A process will be discussed to identify, preserve, obtain, interpret and report on these digital sources. There is no cost for this course.

Note: The Basic Law Enforcement Course and the Basic Correctional Officer are approved for Veterans’ Educational Benefits. Forms will be handed out at the beginning of your class.