Cadet Class Topics

This course provides Cadets with basic animal abuse and neglect investigation knowledge. Illinois state law provides for felony penalties for animal cruelty and animal fighting.

This course will provide Cadets with the skills needed to identify and interact with people on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities. With these skills, officers will be equipped to communicate more effectively with these individuals, whether they are encountered as victims, witnesses, or suspects.

In this unit, the Cadet will be taught the types of infections/communicable diseases and the uuniversal precautions and equipment used to prevent exposure to communicable/infectious diseases.

The Cadet is taught to conduct a valid breath test upon a subject to determine the percentage of alcohol in the subject's blood. Also, the Cadet learns the proper method of conducting a field sobriety test to determine the extent of a subject's intoxication.

Covers the proper procedure for presentation of evidence, search, or arrest warrant preparation and execution and reviewing case details with the prosecution prior to trial. The Cadet will also learn methods of legal research and gain the ability to understand legal terms and their usage.

Cadets will learn about the psychological influences on crowd mob behavior. The course will cover the tactics protest groups use during a civil disorder. Cadets will learn appropriate law enforcement responses needed to safely maintain order.

This unit will give the Cadet an understanding of the legal ramifications of his/her action, or inaction, upon himself/herself and/or the department for which he/she works.

Second Division Vehicles - The Cadet will acquire an understanding of an officer's duties and procedures in enforcing laws governing second division vehicles.
Motor Carrier Safety - The Cadet will understand how to properly locate, apply, and explain Illinois Motor Carrier Safety Law, Chapter 18b, and will become certified as a Level III Driver Inspector.

Upon completion of this unit, Cadets will have fundamental knowledge of how to control subjects in the field and to defend themselves from armed as well as unarmed attackers. The program is broken down into two phases. Phase one teaches the basics and phase two teaches the students to use their techniques in a dynamic, ever changing environment.

In this course, Cadets will learn how patrol officers can facilitate the success of crime scene investigation by securing a crime scene, avoiding crime scene contamination, and preserving evidence.

The Cadet will learn how to approach a crime in progress, formulate an effective plan of action to protect himself/herself and others, or secure the scene if action on his/her part alone is deemed to be sufficient.

This unit will cover the responsibilities of the officer in addressing the law of arrest, search, and seizure; stop and frisk; admissions and confessions; pretrial incarceration; evidence; and police power/authority. The Cadet will also concentrate upon learning criminal offenses as defined in the Illinois Revised Statutes.

Officers must be prepared to analyze and effectively deal with crisis situations. Cadets will learn how to identify the underlying causes of crisis situations, along with intervention techniques, in order to better prevent and deter crisis situations.

This unit of instruction trains the Cadet to handle emergency situations and properly supervise a critical incident until relieved by a supervisor. Decision-making skills are developed with table top exercised to simulate the emergency situations.

Critical incidents can include officer involved shootings, investigations involving deaths of persons, responses to incidents involving mass causalities (such as plane crashes), and natural disasters. Cadets will prepare themselves for critical incidents by learning about natural physiological and psychological reactions following critical incidents, and how to mitigate those effects.

This course will provide Cadets with general information regarding signs and symptoms of mental illness, in order to recognize opportunities for de-escalation and obtain qualified medical assistance, while protecting public safety.

The Cadet will learn to identify examples and warning signs of domestic violence. The Cadet will learn to apply a victim-centered approach when responding to domestic violence situations. The course will include techniques for identifying domestic violence offenders, as well as resources for victims of domestic violence.

The objective of this unit includes teaching the Cadet to recognize various forms of narcotics and their effects, and to identify different types of field tests to obtain a tentative identification of an alleged drug. The Cadet will also learn the different elements of the Cannabis Control Act and the Controlled Substances Act.

This unit will demonstrate the ability to control a violator with appropriate communication skills. The unit will also include communication skills to help an officer effectively deal with today's changing society.

This course will provide Cadets with a basic understanding of the unique differences involved in investigating a crime against an elderly person. Cadets will learn about their responsibilities as mandated reporters of elder abuse, and will receive resources to help investigate crimes against the elderly.

The Cadet will learn to give immediate care to a person who has been injured or suddenly taken ill and become certified in Emergency Medical Responder and CPR.

In this unit, the Cadet will learn to identify proper procedures for defensive driving, anticipation of unusual or unexpected situations, and determining appropriateness of engaging in high-speed driving. Also, the Cadet will learn the different aspects of operating a departmental squad car.

  • Cultural Diversity, Discrimination, and Harassment
  • Rules of Conduct
  • Ethics

The Cadet will be prepared to act in accordance with the standards of the ISP regarding the prevention and treatment of sexual harassment behaviors, and will acquire an understanding of the implications diversity issues have on the ISP. Cadets will demonstrate an understanding of an officer's responsibilities related to misconduct and the potential consequences of violations as well as the ability to evaluate their own behavior. Also, the Cadet will make sound decisions based upon the ethical principles of the ISP in both personal and professional capacities.

This course is designed to inform the officer of potential dangers of explosive devices he/she may encounter during a routine stop or contact with the public.

The Cadet will learn departmental rules regarding qualifications with issued firearm arms and safety rules. The Cadet will become very familiar with the department issued Glock 22/23 pistol, Remington Model 870 shotgun, as well as trained with a rifle. The Cadet will be required to qualify with their issued weapons prior to graduation from the Academy.

The course will provide an overview of the Firearm Owner’s Identification Act (430 ILCS 65/) relating to citizen purchase and ownership of firearms and ammunition.

  • Interview and Interrogation - The Cadet will be shown the proper methods to prepare for, conduct, and conclude both interviews and interrogations. The Cadet will also learn how to apply these methods to several different types of subjects including young persons, elderly persons, and emotionally shocked persons.
  • Custody, Arrest and Booking Procedures - The Cadet will be introduced to, and develop a working knowledge of custodial arrest procedures and required follow-up activities.
  • Fingerprinting - The Cadet is taught to fingerprint persons and to complete the appropriate form. Also, explained are the four basic fingerprint patterns and the seven distinctive ridge characteristics found in friction skin.

This unit is divided into sections which teach the Cadet such things as identifying altered license plates, salvage operations, motorcycle theft identification, and anti-theft procedures.

Illinois law makes hate crime a specific criminal offense. The purpose of this course is to strengthen the knowledge and skills of officers by providing up-to-date information and strategies for identifying, investigating, and prosecuting these crimes.

In this unit, the Cadet will be acquainted with the proper procedures to be followed when confronted with a hazardous materials scene such as a truck spill. Also, the Cadet will learn information relating to motor carrier vehicles and their safety maintenance.

The Cadet will develop a broad understanding of the historical development and current structure of the ISP.

This course will familiarize new police officers with the current threat environment, the overall Homeland Security effort in the United States, and how these efforts relate to public safety agencies at the local, state, and federal levels.

This unit will discuss the three common means for arriving at identification of a suspect and will acquaint the Cadet with the legal challenges to these identification procedures.

The course will provide an overview of the Illinois Firearms Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66/). Cadets will learn when and how a citizen may lawfully carry a concealed firearm, and the protocols for officer encounters with citizens carrying concealed firearms.

This course will focus on Article V of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules. Article V addresses court proceedings and bail schedules for traffic offenses, conservation offenses, ordinance offenses, petty offenses, certain misdemeanors, and civil law violations.

The Cadet will become very familiar with the elements of the Illinois Vehicle Code and its enforcement. Also, the Cadet will be presented several hypothetical traffic situations and be requested to identify the violations taking place in each.

The Illinois State Police Act (20 ILCS 2610/30) requires all ISP patrol vehicles to be equipped with video recording equipment to be used during enforcement activity. During this course, Cadets will learn to use cameras not only as a tool for gathering evidence, as an instrument for improving transparency and accountability, and strengthening public trust.

In this course, Cadets learn to use radio equipment to request information available from criminal justice data systems.

This course will teach Cadets teach to utilize and maintain a Mobile Data Computer (MDC), and provide an overview of the Illinois Wireless Information Network (IWIN) software, and peripherals. Cadets will learn IWIN policy relating to officer duties and responsibilities, how to care for and clean the MDC & peripherals, how to evaluate problems and pursue appropriate help for issues with their MDC and related equipment, and how to access the IWIN network.

This unit will provide the Cadet with a basic knowledge of the Juvenile Court Act including current amendments, procedures affecting juvenile justice, and understanding the scope of the delinquency problem.

The Cadet will be instructed in the definitions and requirements for dealing with admissions and right to counsel.

The Cadet will acquire an understanding of an ISP sworn officer's duties and obligations regarding arrests, searches, and seizures which are derived from case law, Criminal Code of 1961 and ISP policy.

The problem of child abuse is frequently encountered by law enforcement officers. It is a complex social issue demanding medical, social, legal and educational services. The emphasis of this course is on recognition of possible neglect, physical abuse and sexual abuse cases. Cadets will learn about the need for intervention when a problem is apparent.

In this unit, the Cadet will learn of different motivations and activities of street gangs and motorcycle gangs. The Cadet will learn to recognize a gang and any illegal activity they may be involved in.

Throughout the Cadet's training he/she will complete rigorous physical training. Fitness tests are conducted and the Cadet is required to pass the tests. The objective is not only to get the Cadet in top physical condition, but to leave the Cadet with an attitude of wanting to remain in condition throughout his/her career.

This unit focuses on ways law enforcement officers can maintain optimal wellness (physical and emotional) throughout their careers. This unit addresses shiftwork, sedentary habits, and eating on the run as serious threats to officer wellbeing and considers tactics for optimizing health in these areas. Social support inside and outside the work environment, is presented as a necessary investment for overall wellbeing.

Police officers may come into contact with victims and witnesses who have experienced traumatic events. Officers need to understand how traumatic events, over a day or a lifetime, can impact an individual’s behavior and his or her ability to process information. This block of instruction will provide Cadets with a basic understanding of trauma, signs and symptoms of PTSD, and how to use this information to better serve the public.

This course helps Cadets understand the core concepts of police legitimacy and procedural justice in order to build better relationships within the communities they serve.

The Cadet will be taught the theory behind both the radar and lidar units as speed measuring devices. Also, the Cadet will be required to pass the radar certification course.

Officers may be called upon to respond to the scene of an active shooter incident at varied locations around the state. These active shooter incidents necessitate the immediate intervention of law enforcement in order to stop the active shooter and protect the citizens of the state of Illinois. ISP This course will train Cadets to work effectively with other law enforcement officers to bring about the swift resolution to the active shooter incident.

The Cadet will learn how to use a standard police radio and specific codes/language associated with its use. Practical applications are used to evaluate the Cadet's ability to demonstrate his/her proficiency.

The Cadet will be taught the correct procedures in completing departmental reports such as traffic citations, crime and incident reports, and accident reports. Concentration will also be given to the need to write concise and factual summaries of interviews.

Upon completion of this unit, the Cadet will possess a functional working knowledge of his/her duties and responsibilities regarding the treatment of persons in custody.

A foundation will be established for the Cadet to understand the meaning and importance of evidence, the various types of evidence, and the legal restrictions imposed by the court relative to the introduction of evidence at trial.

This course will familiarize Cadets with the complexities of sexual assault investigations, including the misperceptions about sexual assault victims and offenders which may make victims reluctant to report the crime. The course addresses how trauma impacts the manner in which victims are able to report, how best to support sexual assault victims during their encounter with law enforcement and the criminal justice system, and how to focus on offender behaviors to hold offenders accountable.

This unit will describe and enable the Cadet to recognize the early symptoms of oncoming stress and the major physiological changes that occur under stress.

This course will provide Cadets with the appropriate information to successfully identify signs and symptoms of an opiate overdose, and the medical intervention skills utilized to safely and successfully reverse an opiate overdose and sustain life until more advanced medical care is available.

This unit entails all aspects of motor vehicle traffic crash investigation including procedures, policies, and report preparation. Accident scenes are simulated requiring the Cadet to demonstrate his/her new skills and knowledge.

In this unit, the Cadet will learn to manually direct traffic, and under which situations such action is necessary.

This block of instruction will discuss the laws regarding the use of deadly force. This course focuses on officer behavior and decision-making in order to reduce the risk to citizens while maintaining officer safety.

Upon completion of this unit, the Cadet will understand the importance of, and demonstrate skills in, scanning all traffic stops for drug interdiction opportunities.