Law Enforcement Struggling to Find Training Funds Under Changes to Illinois Law

Police Departments are feeling a funding pinch when it comes to training new officers. The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board funds training with money from traffic fines. But, due to changes in Illinois law that money is drying up. LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton says he’s getting bills he wasn’t expecting.

Templeton says it costs around $6,000 to train an officer. He thinks it’s inconsistent that Illinois requires so much training, but doesn’t seem to want to help departments fund it. Templeton wants lawmakers to find the money in the state budget to fill the gap.

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