Southwestern Illinois Police Academy - Southwestern Illinois College

The Illinois Law Enforcement Training Act allows civilians to be trained and certified as law enforcement officers by a certified Illinois police academy before they are hired by law enforcement agencies. Traditionally, recruits are hired by a law enforcement agency, then sent to a police academy for training. Civilians now have the ability to receive the same training as sworn police officers prior to service; and agencies will have the opportunity to hire academy trained individuals ready for service.