SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) – Illinois State Police announced this weekend that their merit committee is now accepting applications for 2022 Centennial Academy courses.

In 2022, the centennial year of the FAI, cadet classes 137 and 138 will graduate from the Illinois State Police Academy.

“The Illinois State Police are committed to a mission of integrity, service and pride and to providing a culture of personal and professional growth to our soldiers,” said Director Brendan F. Kelly . “For anyone who wants to make a difference, a career in the Illinois State Police Force is an effective way to protect the people of Illinois and bring justice to victims of violent crime. “

Class 137 is scheduled to start on June 5, 2022; Applications and required documents must be submitted by January 21 to be part of Class 137. Class 137 applicants must attend and pass a Physical Fitness Inventory Test (PFIT) and Examination Tests. recruitment on one of the following dates:

  • January 8 or 9 at Glen Ellyn (RSVP deadline of December 31)
  • February 5 or 6 in Springfield (RSVP deadline of January 28)

Class 138 is scheduled to start on October 2, 2022; Applications and required documents must be submitted by April 1 to be part of Class 138. Class 138 applicants must attend and pass a PFIT test and recruiting exam session on one of the following dates:

  • February 26 in Romeoville (RSVP deadline of February 11)
  • March 5 or 6 in Springfield (RSVP deadline of February 15)
  • April 9 or 10 in an unannounced location in northern Illinois (February 25 deadline)
  • April 23 in Springfield (deadline April 8).

Both classes have the potential to include Fast Track and Non Fast Track candidates. The Fast Track program enables certified police officers to become Illinois State Soldiers through an accelerated training program.

Candidates for the fast lane must have at least two years of experience as a full-time sworn police officer and provide proof that they have successfully completed the DWI / approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA ) / International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). DUI Detection and Standard Field Sobriety Testing Training Program, or approved equivalent.

Non-Fast Track applicants do not need any law enforcement experience, but they must be at least 21 years old, have no previous felony convictions, be a US citizen, have a valid driver’s license, be willing to accept an assignment anywhere in Illinois and have either an associate’s degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university.

Veterans and serving members of the military can qualify without the 60 credit hours under certain circumstances.

After graduating from ISP Academy, new State Troopers will work in one of the state’s 21 patrol districts for a base salary of over $ 65,500 per year. After the initial patrol assignment, Soldiers will have the opportunity to apply for specialized function in the ISP such as drug enforcement, violent crime investigations, SWAT, air operations, K-9 units and Moreover.

Anyone interested in applying are encouraged to visit the ISPs Merit Council website for information on the application. Anyone who has questions about how to become an Illinois State Soldier and would like to speak to a recruiter can call or email any of the following:

  • Acting Staff-Sergeant Aldo Schumann – Acting Recruiting Section Chief
  • Trooper Omoayena Williams – Northern Recruitment Coordinator
  • Sergeant Tracy Lillard – Central Recruitment Coordinator
  • Trooper Darrell Scruggs – Southern Recruitment Coordinator