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April 12, 2024

Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board directed to turn over Police misconduct database

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On September 18, 2017

Illinois (ECWd) –

“For the reasons that follow, the Public Access Bureau concludes that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (Board) improperly denied Mr. Kirk Allen’s January 19, 2017, FOIA request.

All I wanted was a copy of the Officer Professional conduct database.  Who knew such a database even existed?  Not until we exposed numerous acts of malfeasance by this agency did we realize this particular database existed.  So what is the database and why do we want it?

(50 ILCS 705/6.2)

    Sec. 6.2. Officer professional conduct database.

    (a) All law enforcement agencies shall notify the Board of any final determination of willful violation of department or agency policy, official misconduct, or violation of law when:

        (1) the officer is discharged or dismissed as a result of the violation; or

        (2) the officer resigns during the course of an investigation and after the officer has been served notice that he or she is under investigation that is based on the commission ofofficer’sClass 2 or greater felony.

    The agency shall report to the Board within 30 days of a final decision of discharge or dismissal and final exhaustion of any appeal, or resignation, and shall provide information regarding the nature of the violation.

    (b) Upon receiving notification from a law enforcement agency, the Board must notify the law enforcement officer of the report and his or her right to provide a statement regarding the reported violation.

    (c) The Board shall maintain a database readily available to any chief administrative officer, or his or her designee, of a law enforcement agency that shall show each reported instance, including the name of the officer, the nature of the violation, reason for the final decision of discharge or dismissal, and any statement provided by the officer.  (Source: P.A. 99-352, eff. 1-1-16.)

Knowing there is a database maintained by the State of Illinois that pertains to the Professional Conduct of our police, do we need to explain why we want it?

The state pushed back with 16 claimed exemptions.  I provided this request for review and detailed why the database was, in fact, a public record subject to FOIA.

In short, The ILETSB believes the officers misconduct is protected by privacy rules and that overrides the public interest in knowing their conduct.

“The Board’s response acknowledges that the ” public should be advised of officers who have been decertified and can no longer serve in law enforcement positions[,]” but asserts that the public’ s interest in learning which officers have been reported to the database is not comparable.”

We are pleased to see the PAC has ruled in our favor and now we get to see if they are going to voluntarily provide the database as directed or will we have to file suite to get them.

AG ruling on Data Base


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  • bill brown
    Posted at 14:31h, 18 September

    good job..what’s the next step?…..

    • Kirk Allen
      Posted at 14:39h, 18 September

      Getting the actual database. I suspect they will have to be sued to cough it up.

  • bill brown
    Posted at 16:11h, 18 September

    sad, won’t obey the laws they swore to enforce…do you know what legislative committee “oversees” them? Ill contact everyone on it..

  • Warren J. Le Fever
    Posted at 16:17h, 18 September

    I expect you will have to sue them to obtain the information. This sort of information should be posted like so we can see who the problem persons are and companies and possible agencies who may in the future be pursued by individuals on this list for employment purposes should know of past problems for the simple reason of public safety.

  • Jason Soseman
    Posted at 16:23h, 18 September

    Kirk, you are awesome!!! Thank you for all you do.