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Retired Officer Handgun Qualification Course of Fire

Attention Retirees!
The ILEA will be offering a Retired Officer Handgun Qualification Course of Fire!

The Retired Officer Handgun Qualification course provides an opportunity for those police officers in Indiana that have separated from service (as “qualified retired law enforcement officers” under Public Law 108-277) to complete an approved handgun course of fire.

After completing the course of fire, those retirees who meet the minimum standards as established by the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Executive Director and the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board, will receive a certification card. This card, in addition to the photographic identification that is issued to the retired officer from their employing agency, can serve as certification that the retired officer has met the criteria to exempt them from local and State prohibitions on the carrying of concealed firearms as provided by Federal law.

In addition to completing a 30-round course of fire for each type of concealed firearm that they intend to carry, the retiree must demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of each, as well as demonstrate safe handling and reloading skills. Retirees will provide their own ammunition (30 rounds) for each type of firearm that they intend to qualify with, as well as their own eye and ear protection for the qualification. Targets, range instruction and certification cards will be provided by the ILEA. These qualification courses (required to be renewed annually under Public Law 108-277) will be offered quarterly. Retirees will be required to provide their photographic identification (retired officer credentials) prior to completing the course of fire.

The remaining date for this course is:

  • November 13, 2019 (9:00am)

Retired officers will be required to register prior to attending the course of fire. This can be done by contacting Lt. Tom Lahay - TLahay@ilea.IN.gov or 317-837-3239. The fee for this course is $20.00 per student. Those retired officers who have written authorization from their employing agency to use in-service credit hours can pay for this course using 1 of those hours.  This course will be offered quarterly to coincide with the Tier 1 basic firearms breakout weeks.

To download the Retired Officer’s Handgun Qualification Course of Fire CLICK HERE.

ILEA Announces Basic Training Uniform Change!

Attention All Police Agencies & Departments - Chiefs, Sheriffs, and Training Officers.
Beginning with ILEA Class 2019-218 the following uniform changes will take place and is required for Tier 1 Basic Training.

Need to be Khaki in color with cargo pockets. Will not need to be brand specific but something like 5.11 style pant or Duluth Firehose pant as an example.

Needs to be a Black Short Sleeve Polo Style shirt. Nylon or Polyester blend. Black T- Shirt for under garment.
No logos allowed on the polo shirt.

Students may require up to (3) Three sets of uniforms to get through the week of training.
Any questions or issues contact: Capt. Mark Bridge @ 317-837-3228.

New Director of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Appointed!

After an exhaustive search, a new Director of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) was identified and has accepted an offer to lead the ILEA through the year 2022, with an option for the contract to be extended upon mutual agreement.

The new director, Mr. Tim Horty, will be a familiar face and name to many longtime residents of the Greater Indianapolis area. Many lifetime residents of Indianapolis, as well as long serving law enforcement professionals, recall Director Horty’s 26 years of service to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department from 1981 through 2007.

Mr. Horty started his law enforcement career as an Indiana University Police Officer from 1977 to 1980 as he was attending Indiana University where he obtained degrees as a Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Studies and a Master of Education.

During Director Horty’s tenure with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department he had a number of assignments, inclusive of uniform patrol, vice and service at the training academy.  Horty also served as a Patrol Lieutenant, a Mounted Unit supervisor and as a Deputy Chief for the East and West Districts of Indianapolis. Horty is most remembered by the public for his service as a Public Information Officer for three different Chiefs of IMPD.

After retiring from IMPD Director Horty joined the The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana, located in downtown Indianapolis, where he served as the Law Enforcement Coordinator and Public Affairs Officer for more than 11 years from 2007 until November of 2018 when he resigned to accept the Director’s position with the ILEA.

Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter, who, by Indiana Code, also serves as Chairman of the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board (ILETB) which is the governing body of the ILEA said, “Tim is exceptionally well qualified – by his formal education and his exemplary years of law enforcement experience - to shepherd the ILEA into a new era of training excellence.”  Carter concluded, “His leadership, organizational and consensus building skills combined with his level headed matter-of-fact approach to problem solving make him an ideal fit to be the Director of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.”

Tim has been married to his wife, Mary for 35 years.  He and Mary have two adult children and one grandchild.  In his free time the new Director enjoys volunteering at his church, hunting, triathlon competitions and wood working.

We welcome Executive Director Horty and look forward to great things for the  Indiana Law Enforcement Academy!

Changes In Instructor Identification Numbers

Attention ILEA/LETB Certified Instructors!

You should have a letter D, E or F after your PSID# on your Instructor Identification card.
This letter is your Psychomotor Skill. Example: D- Physical Tactics, E-Emergency Vehicles Operation, F- Firearms

Also, the 4 numbers in front of the PSID # is the year and month your certification expires.
Example: 1701 would be year 2017 and the 01 would be the month of January.

These changes went into effect 7/01/2015, so this is just a reminder.


New 2018 Basic Academy Handgun Qualification Course of Fire

Effective February 19, 2018 this new 50 round course will be required for all approved LETB Basic Academies, including the Pre-Basic course. Please view the linked informational video and downloadable outline on the course of fire. After viewing the video and outline you can forward any questions to the ILEA Director of Firearms Training Lt. David Kipper at dkipper@ilea.in.gov.

ILEA Introduces New Fee Structure

Effective July 1, 2017 the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy will begin charging fees for services that have previously been supplied free of charge. Click here to read the memo from Law Enforcement Training Board Chairman - Douglas G. Carter outlining the necessity for this change in policy and a list of the new fees.

Earn College Credits for ILEA Basic Training!

A number of colleges have partnered with the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy to give college credit for classes completed in the ILEA Basic Course curriculum.

Each college has awarded credit for different classes and the total number of credit hours differs from college to college. Some of these colleges will award the credits without a fee.

An officer wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should contact the registrar at the college of thier choice. Click here to see the list of participating colleges.

An Open Letter to the Indiana Criminal Justice Community: Re: Dangerous Drugs

Attached here is An Open Letter to the Indiana Criminal Justice Community: Re: Dangerous Drugs from Douglas G. Carter, Superintendent of the Indiana State Police. In it, Superintendent Carter stresses that it is imperative that everyone handling controlled substances be cognizant of the hazards that are inherent with some drugs and take appropriate precautions.

The Indiana State Police Laboratory’s Drug Unit has identified fentanyl and carfentanil in casework samples. Several overdoses have been linked to these drugs and they can pose significant dangers to those exposed to them. For your own safety, please take a moment to read Supt. Carter's letter and the accompanying Special Bulletin from the ISP Laboratory Division about the precautions you should be taking with these dangerous drugs.

Click here to dowload the Special Bulletin from the ISP Laboratory Division & Supt. Carter's letter.

ILEA Monument to Honor Fallen Officers Erected

The ILEAA (Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Associates), our Alumni Association, has purchased this beautiful black granite memorial dedicated to those officers who have given their lives in service to the profession.

This monument was recently erected in the yard immediately in front of the main entrance to the academy.

This monument is just one of several donations the Association has made to the Academy.  The Alumni Association is a totally private organization and was founded after the financial constraints of the 2008 recession.

Alumni Association membership is open to any officer who has graduated from any of the LETB certified basic training academies in the state.

For more information about the ILEAA or an application, contact President Diane Sweeney - dsweeney@iupui.edu.

In-Service Training for Reserve Officers

The passing of House Bill 1242 mandated the LETB to establish mandatory in-service training programs for reserve officers effective July 1, 2015.  The LETB has approved the same requirement as for your paid officers.

Reserve officers will have to obtain a minimum of 24 hours of training annually to include: 2 hours of firearms, 2 hours of emergency vehicle operations, and 2 hours of physical tactics/use of force.  The LETB has adopted the following language as a preliminary policy until such time as a new Administrative Rule can be established:

“It is the responsibility of the appointing authority to verify the training was presented under the provisions established by 250 IAC 2-7-1.  These verification records are to be retained by the appointing authority for inspection by the Board, its executive director, or an authorized representative.”

FirstForward Now Providing Free ILEA Online Training

You can find NEW online training from ILEA at:

Link to FirstForward www.firstforward.com

ALL of the online training from ILEA is free to any Indiana Law Enforcement Officer on FirstForward. Creating an account on FirstForward is also free for Individuals and Departments. Department Training coordinators can be granted Organizational Admin rights with the ability to assign and track training of members of your department. Here is what is really cool; any completed training can easily be submitted to ACADIS with a few clicks.
Individuals can go to www.firstforward.com to sign up for your free membership on their own or they can be invited by the Organizational Admin.
Department Training Coordinators and Department Heads can setup your Department account and assign an Administrator by contacting FirstForward at (812) 330-7101 or email: help@firstforward.com

Secured Communications Grants Now Available

Motivated by recent events, within the Law Enforcement community, Secured Solutions, LLC is offering a private grant program that awards agencies cost-free, no obligation, no limit to the number of licenses and full usage for a full year of their secured communications application. Secured Communications protects all non-radio communication by and between dispatch, officers, investigators and supervisors from eavesdropping that could significantly affect officer safety. The system also protects public safety and/or investigative integrity. And more importantly, Secured Communications expands and simplifies inter-agency communication and mobile connectivity for multi-agency incident responses, major investigations, inter-agency information sharing and terrorist incident/disaster recovery response situations. Please contact Lonny Wilder - lwilder@SecuredCommunications.com or call (972) 746-1559 for more details and/or if you would like to see the 30-minute demo. This is time sensitive as funding is predicated on a first come basis.

"I Speak" Language Identification Guides to Download

When law enforcement officers encounter someone with whom they are unable to effectively communicate, they can use the “I Speak” language identification guide. The pocket-sized guide features laminated, spiral-bound cards containing the phrase “I speak [name of language]” in 80 different languages from around the world, plus 10 indigenous dialects from Central America.

- Download the “I Speak” guide to print on 8.5”x11” paper

The “I Speak” guides enable public servants to request interpretation services for the correct language by allowing literate individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) to quickly indicate the proper language for which interpretation is necessary.

When the person has indicated which language he or she speaks, the officer should follow the dictates of his or her agency’s language access plan. Most often this will involve contacting an on-call language interpretation service with whom the agency has a contract.

Indiana’s judiciary is committed to ensuring that courts’ and law enforcement officers’ interactions with non-English proficient individuals are fair, trustworthy, and intelligible. The Court Interpreter Program Advisory Committee of the Commission on Race and Gender Fairness developed the “I Speak” language identification guides for distribution to courts and law enforcement officers throughout Indiana.

Customize the guide for your agency or jurisdiction.

Anyone interested in obtaining a high-quality file to download and customize for their own organization should contact Staff Attorney LaKesha Triggs at lakesha.triggs@courts.in.gov. A Court Reform Grant from the Indiana Supreme Court made possible the development, production, and distribution of our state’s “I Speak” Language Identification Guide.

ILEAA Commemorative Brick Project

The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Associates (ILEAA) recently announced its Commemorative Brick Project which will recognize donors and officers, past and present, in the law enforcement services. A portion of the brick sales will then be dedicated to helping support Academy training functions and purchasing Academy equipment.

These bricks will be sold for $50.00 and will be engraved with these names and displayed by the front entrance of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. For more information: CLICK HERE.

Grants Available to Law Enforcement

The Indiana Attorney General is offering a grant program for training officers in the use of Narcan (for opioid overdose).  The following letter (which has been edited slightly for length) and the accompanying link introduce this program.

(Submitted for use by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller on Nov. 25, 2015)

In recent months, law enforcement officers in our state have gone beyond the call of duty to serve another mission – to save lives that would have been lost to prescription drug or heroin overdose.  The number of heroin overdoses in Indiana has more than doubled in the last few years.

While many officers already are trained in first aid, CPR and basic first response procedures, the drug overdose epidemic and many avoidable deaths have created new challenges for officers who primarily focus on enforcing laws.

Throughout our state, 55 law enforcement agencies have been trained to administer naloxone – also called Narcan – which is a fast-acting antidote to an opioid-induced overdose. 

Now, instead of waiting for medical assistance to arrive, law enforcement can act fast to administer naloxone. Within minutes or even seconds, the opioid effects are blocked, breathing is restored and a life is saved. In the short time since law enforcement was granted civil immunity to administer naloxone, at least 165 lives have been saved across Indiana. 

A new grant program has been created to support more widespread use of this life-saving tool. The grants are open to nonprofits registered with the State Department of Health to distribute naloxone kits and provide training on the use of naloxone to law enforcement and other first responders.

More information on the naloxone grant program is available at: http://www.in.gov/bitterpill/nalaxone-training-first-responders.html.

ILEA Sportswear Now Available!

Exclusive ILEA sportswear is now available though Rev Graphics.
Check out their on-line store HERE!

Instructor Identification Numbers

In order for in-service students to ensure that the training they receive is from a certified LETB instructor, the instructor identification number has been modified to reflect both the instructor’s expiration date and in what areas the instructor is certified to teach.
New instructor cards coming from the Academy will reflect this new ID number, and current instructors are asked to add the prefix and suffix to their present numbers when signing training rosters or producing training certificates. This new system is effective immediately.
Click here to read the Executive Order for all of the details.

Mandated In-Service Training

Information on all Mandated In-Service Training can now be found HERE.

ILEA Physical Fitness Standards Testing Protocol Video Now On-Line!

A new video demonstrating proper technique and typical protocol violations that occur during testing is now ready for viewing on-line. This video, which is presented by the ILEA's Lt. Steve Guthrie, is recommended to all students prior to training for the fitness test.

Lt. Guthrie is assisted by several officers from different departments, including: Troy Torrence & Jennifer Holt - ISP, Kristen Sprunger - Grant Co. SD, Jennifer Fults & Emily Peek – State Excise Police, Bruce Barnes - Noblesville PD & Michael Anderson – Anderson PD.

Click here to find the video on our Physical Fitness Standards page.

Updated Crime Scene Investigation Manual Now Available

An updated edition of the very popular Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement is now available. The Guide discusses the fundamental principles of investigating a crime scene and preserving evidence and contains everything you need to know in order to yield reliable information.

Originally released in 2000, the updated version is intended for use by law enforcement and other responders who have responsibilities for protecting crime scenes, preserving physical evidence, and collecting and submitting the evidence for scientific examination. The Bureau of Justice Assistance funded the effort to update the Guide. The day-to-day work was done by the National Forensic Science and Technology Center.

To read or download the updated version of Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement click here.

Important Message About ILEA Course Payments!

The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy cannot accept payment prior to the start of a class. Payment is due when your officer(s) checks in on the first day of training. Our business section can invoice your department or payment can be made by check, money order, cash or purchase order.

(Click here to download the Human Trafficking Guidebook & related materials!)

Annual Reporting of In-Service Training Due by March 31!

The Annual Reporting of 24 hours of In-Service Training for the previous calendar year is due by March 31 of each year.

IC 5-2-1-9(g) requires an Indiana law enforcement officer to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 24 hours of in-service training each year in order to be eligible for continued employment as a law enforcement officer.

LETB Guidelines for E-Training

The Law Enforcement Training Board (LETB) has established guidelines for allowing training presented primarily through electronic means to be counted for the annual 24 hour continuing education requirement for certified officers.

The responsibility for determining what type of training and the quality of the training falls to the department training officer and chief executive officer as it always has with the more conventional modes of training.

The LETB has established the following guidelines:

  • The terms e-learning or e-training mean that the majority of a class is presented through an electronic means, e.g., streaming video, podcasts, CD or DVD, other computer-based or similar modes, or via television.
  • The department training officer approves e-training, with the concurrence of the agency head, concerning the subject matter.
  • The training officer determines if the class is of sufficient quality to meet the annual training requirements for Indiana police officers. In making this determination, the training officer could use the following criteria as well as others:
    1. specifically evaluate the content of the program to be employed.
    2. require learning or performance objectives be supplied by the provider.
    3. require or create an examination of student performance based on those learning goals.
  • A training officer must then be satisfied that appropriate learning has occurred and may use the following approaches (or others as applicable) to make this determination:
    1. the training officer personally observes the student-officer taking the class at the training site.
    2. the training officer tests or otherwise examines the student-officer or has the officer demonstrate the skills that were to be taught.
    3. a post-test is given establishing that a minimum of 75% of the training objectives have been learned.
    4. a pre- and post-test are administered showing significant improvement of knowledge or skills for that particular subject.
    5. the training should be reported using the training officer's PSID number that conducted the program.

Indiana Certifies Crime Scene Investigators

The Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board has approved the certification of crime scene investigators. The forensic methods employed by the scientific community, the high standards demanded by the courts and the public's increased expectation for the identification, collection, and preservation of physical evidence has focused the need to hold the crime scene investigator to a higher standard.

The crime scene certification process, approved by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board, was a cooperative effort between the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, the Indiana State Police Laboratory Division and its quality assurance program and representatives of agencies from across Indiana. While voluntary and cost free, the certification establishes a minimum standard of training and experience in order to become certified.

If interested, contact Lt. Rick Kiefer at (317) 837-3280 or e-mail rkiefer@ilea.in.gov
or click here for more info.

ILEA Cancellation Policy Now In Effect

If your department needs to cancel a student from an ILEA in-service class, it must be done no later than five (5) working days prior to the start of the class. If a student does not show up or cancellation is made any closer to the start of a class your agency will be responsible for payment in full of this class.