In 1955 the General Assembly passed legislation establishing the Police Training Institute under the direction of the Division of University Extension.1 Upon the Division's reorganization in 1973, responsibility for the Institute was assumed by the Office of Continuing Education and Public Service.2 Since September 1, 1975, the Institute has been under the direction of the Office of University-Wide Projects.3
In response to state concern for improved and increased training of police officers, the Institute offers a Basic Law Enforcement Course for new police officers at the University. Short Courses, conferences and institutes on various aspects of police work are also held throughout the state. The Institute also develops police training curricula and offers consultant service to police departments and other law enforcement agencies.4
1. Board of Trustees Transactions, 48th Report, Oct. 18. 1955, p. 849.
2. Ibid., 57th Report, March 21, 1973, p. 184 and July 18, 1973, p. 326.
3. University of Illinois Reference Folder, no. 40, Nov. 1, 1976, p. 13, explains the administrative organization.
4. Farlow, Helen. History of the University of Illinois Division of University Extension, 1933-1968: A Progress Report, p. 33-35.
Description: Publications including books about the Mafia (1970's); the deaf and the police (1970); police officer's use of force (1970); catalog of audiovisual materials for a law enforcement program (1974); the physical evidence technician (1975) and directory of resources and series about the treatment and prevention of alcoholics (1977). The series includes a guide to common violations of the Illinois vehicle code (1970).