Corrections Academy - Southwestern Illinois College

The Southwestern Illinois College has entered into a partnership with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department and has brought on board the Basic Correctional Officer (BCO) Academy.  The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department has been providing Correctional Officer training for nearly 3 decades.  The program is recognized by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board which enables individuals to achieve their state certification.  The BCO Academy and their recruits will benefit from both entities sharing resources, knowledge, staff and facilities. 

As part of this partnership, BCO Academy recruits will now receive college credits from Southwestern Illinois College as part of their education, which they can apply towards a degree in applied science.  The training course is designed to provide fundamental knowledge in the duties and responsibilities of a county Correctional Officer which includes instruction in corrections law, the Illinois County Jail Standards, investigations, human behavior, defensive tactics, firearms training and other applicable studies.  This BCO Academy echoes the Southwestern Illinois Police Academy’s belief in providing equal opportunity of learning for those that attend this program and feel that we can instill the core values of all law enforcement: Knowledge, Honor, and Integrity.


Agencies will be billed tuition for officers attending. All recruits will be housed in the dormitories, regardless of agency location.

Current rates per officer including Tuition, Lodging and Meals:

8 Weeks $4390



ANY DATES ARE TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO ILETSB APPROVAL. The BCO Academy increased from 5 weeks to 8 weeks in July 2023, per the updated ILETSB curriculum.


Start Date March 25, 2024
Ending Date  May 17, 2024


Start Date June 10, 2024
Ending Date  August 2, 2024


Start Date September 30, 2024
Ending Date November 22, 2024

Contact Information

Steven Strubberg:  618-641-4929

Office: 618-222-5396

Address: 2300 West Main Street, Belleville, IL 62226

State Regulatory Requirements

Meets Requirements in

This program MEETS the State educational requirements for licensure, certification or registry in: Illinois

Does not Meet Requirements in

This program DOES NOT MEET the State educational requirements for licensure, certification or registry in: N/A

No determination In

No determination has been made whether this program meets the State educational requirements for licensure, certification or registry in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, American Samoa, District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands


Changes from Prior Year: New