Academy And Training - Leadership

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  • Colonel Timothy T. Tyler
  • Deputy Director

Colonel Timothy T. Tyler was appointed as the Deputy Director for the Division of the Academy and Training. Before his appointment to Deputy Director, Colonel Tyler served as the commander for District 11 (Collinsville), District 18 (Litchfield), and the Metro East Police Assistance Team (MEPAT) (Collinsville). Colonel Tyler also served as a Squad Leader for the Narcotics and Currency Interdiction Team (Chicago). Colonel Tyler started his career in District Chicago (Des Plaines) after graduating from the Illinois State Police Academy in April 1999. Colonel Tyler graduated from Northwestern University’s Police Staff and Command School Class #330. Colonel Tyler holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Information and Technology Command in Springfield where he was assigned as a staff officer for the Research and Development Bureau.

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  • Lieutenant Colonel Akil Smith
  • Assistant Deputy Director

Akil Smith is the Assistant Deputy Director (ADD) for the Division of Academy and Training (DAT). ADD Smith has more than 20 years of experience as a law enforcement officer, his career began in 1997 with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in St. Louis, Mo.

In 2002, ADD Smith joined the Illinois State Police (ISP) ranks as a member of Cadet Class 104. ADD Smith was appointed as a member of the Department on May 3, 2002. Upon graduating from the ISP Academy (ISPA) in Springfield, ADD Smith was assigned to District 6 Patrol. On July 1, 2008, he transferred to ISP Investigations Zone 5, General Criminal/Narcotics, and became a Special Agent.

On April 16, 2012, ADD Smith was promoted to Sergeant. ADD Smith was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant on November 1, 2014 and designated as the Commander of ISP Drug Task Force, Task Force 6. He was promoted to Lieutenant on April 1, 2017. As a Lieutenant, ADD Smith served in various assignments throughout the Department; ISP Zone 4 South Investigations Operations Lieutenant, Division of Internal Investigation Operations Lieutenant, and interim ISPA Commander. ADD Smith achieved Captain's rank with his January 1, 2019 promotion to Captain and designated ISPA Commander. In March 2019, ADD Smith received the appointment as the Assistant Deputy Director of the DAT.

ADD Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois, where he graduated from Chicago Public Schools, Morgan Park High School. ADD Smith is a 1996 graduate of Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois