UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) — The UI Police Training Institute will stay open.
Plans for a new facility in Decatur were putting the future in jeopardy. It will now stay open for three more years.
Each year more than 300 police officers are trained in Champaign-Urbana. Michael Schlosser, the Director of PTI says the demand for more officers helped keep the facility open.
“The police recruit standards board had to decide, ‘Okay, so we have enough police recruits coming in from different agencies that need trained and does it make sense to have the new academy in Decatur and our academy coexist?'”
This wasn’t the first time they’ve faced this obstacle.
“As many of you know, we were in danger of closing and it was the second time in the last several years where we were in danger of closing our academy.”
Schlosser says PTI will continue thanks to help of others.
“I think it’s important to give credit to those who worked so hard to keep us open and we may not have remained open if it wasn’t for them.”
Decatur is getting a new training facility, but the next three years of classes will be full of cadets.
“We provide training a little different than most of the academies based on our adult learning model and our integrated scenario based training. Our training is a different philosophy which many agencies prefer the way we train.”
This was an agreement between the UI and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. Schlosser also says state senators and law enforcement officials across the state helped keep the facility open.