Last year the Illinois Legislature passed the Illinois Criminal Justice Reform act, which went into effect January 1st. The act expands the required training for those training to be law enforcement officers throughout the state.
Shelby County Under-sheriff Rob McCall appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our Downtown Shelbyville studios to discuss how the act has affected law enforcement in Shelby County. The act has meant better trained officers, who can serve the public better.
Many have a misunderstanding of what the police academy is really like. This act added mandatory training for officers in areas the public might not expect, such as more civil rights training.
McCall said the majority of the police academy is much different than the stereotypical view of the academy, with a majority of the training taking place in the classroom.