The Illinois State Police is offering a new training program to attract more potential troopers. The lateral entry training program is designed for local law enforcement who may be looking to become a state police trooper. ISP Director Brendan Kelly says cadets will spend time at the academy in Springfield but also complete some home training.
Kelly says this is a good way to ease concerns about being away from family for so long.
New troopers are then assigned to their home districts and the retirement age for troopers has been lowered from 60 to 55. For more information on how to become an Illinois State Trooper visit. https://www.illinoistrooper.com.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker is also helping out. He is signing a package of bills to assist crime victims and address the root causes of violence. One new law is creating a co-responder pilot program in Peoria, Springfield, East St. Louis, and Waukegan where police officers will be able to bring mental health professionals on calls with them.
Peoria Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth says that one new law will fund efforts to retain police officers and pay for funeral expenses when a child is a victim of gun violence. There will also be more money put into a crime witness protection program.
The governor signed the package of laws on Tuesday.