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ILETSB – Failures Exposed; Who will be held accountable?

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On January 17, 2017

Illinois (ECWd) –

We exposed the failure of key appointed board members of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) in this article and encourage you to read it if you have not.

The ILETSB agency has certain responsibilities to our Law Enforcement Academies of which we first started looking into back in 2014 with the failures at the Suburban Law Enforcement Acadamy at the College of DuPage (COD). Our findings and exposure led to numerous criminal investigations at COD.

ILETSB has certain responsibilities and we believe one must understand their obligations in order to get a better picture of how bad their negligence really is.

Let’s start from the top, as in the Executive Director of the ILETSB, who answers to the Board established by statute.

Title 20 chapter V- 1720.30a of the Illinois Administrative Code states;

“Each local school or course certified by the Board shall operate, for the duration of the school or course, under a full-time Director approved by the Executive Director of the Board.”

So there is no confusion, every school (Police Acadamy) or course is certified by the Board.  Those certified schools must then have a full time Director and that Director is approved by the Executive Director of the ILETSB.

August 24th of 2016, I asked for the following from ILETSB under the Freedom of Information Act;

“A copy of the Executive Director of the Board’s approval of the full-time Director of the school and/or courses certified by the board to operate at the College of DuPage.  As a reference, this is a requirement outlined in Administrative Code Tittle 20: 1720.30 item (a).”

They violated FOIA by not responding in the time frame required and after a phone conversation with the ILTESB attorney, citing the need for clarification as to what I was asking for, I revised my FOI request and issued a revision September 13, 2016.

“Requesting a copy of the Executive Director of the Board’s approval of the full-time Director of any police academy in the state to include College of DuPage.”

A phone call with the ILETSB legal counsel, John Keigher, confirmed that to his knowledge the ILTESB has never, yes never, approved a single Police Acadamy Director in the State of Illinois.  The response to my FOIA, shown below, reports that they were unable to find any records responsive to my request.

Yes! The State of Illinois was unable to produce a single record that shows the Directors of our Police Training Institutes have ever been approved by the Executive Director of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board.

My question and one I pray for everyone in this state demand an answer to is as follows;

How is it that a State Agency, that includes Board Members such as our Illinois Attorney General, Director of State Police, Director of Department of Corrections, Cook County Sheriff, Chicago Police Commissioner, of whom have been missing in action, have never ensured their Executive Director complies with his statutory duty of approving the Directors in charge of police academies in the State of Illinois?

Considering the State has clearly failed to perform their duties as it relates to approving Directors of Police Academies, how on earth can the Department of Justice cast such dispersions on the Chicago Police Department as a whole? Why isn’t the Department of Justice pointing out all the failings at the state level?  Those failures point to key reasons there are so many problems as they are supposed to approve the curriculum for those doing the training.  DOJ pointed to outdated training material.  That is an ILETSB failure, not Chicago PD in my opinion.

Stay tuned for more ILETSB failures exposed that have ties to every County Sheriff in this state.

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