Public Accountability Report Public Accountability Report

Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
  FY 2018 FY 2017
Reporting Programs Expenditures Headcount Expenditures Headcount
Law Enforcement Training $ 20,831.3 22.7 $ 16,743.4 21.0
Totals $ 20,831.3 22.7 $ 16,743.4 21.0

Totals may not add due to rounding.

Agency Narrative
The Illinois Police Training Act created the Board in 1965. As subsequently amended, the Act charges the Board with the responsibility of maintaining and enhancing the level of local law enforcement and related support personnel training. Through various programs, the Board fulfills this mandate. Maintenance is accomplished through the Board’s statutorily mandated law enforcement and county corrections training program. Enhancement is accomplished through the Board’s in-service training delivery system. The Board is reporting its fiscal year 2018 service and efforts accomplishments for its main program - Law Enforcement Training. This program has three main components: (1) mandated law enforcement officer basic training; (2) mandated county corrections officer basic training; and (3) in-service training delivery for public safety personnel. Mandated Law Enforcement Officer Basic Training Outcome Indicators: The Act requires the Board to reimburse eligible academy expenses (tuition, lodging, travel, training materials) for each claimant in an amount established annually for each academy. However, should either the appropriation or the fund balance be insufficient, the Act requires the Board to pro-rate eligible expenses to the available amount. In fiscal years 2017 and 2018, the Board fully reimbursed these expenses at 100 percent of the statutorily maximum amount. In fiscal year 2014, the Board began a pilot project to directly pay selected training academies (all are units of government) rather than have the agency pay and request reimbursement. This pilot project was continued in fiscal year 2018. Output Indicators: This represents the number of local law enforcement officers who completed the mandated training and whose department was eligible for reimbursement of approved expenses. This number does not include officers who completed training but are not eligible for reimbursement (such as state and federal agencies, private colleges, and railroads). Input Indicators: The amount of funding allocated by the Board was almost $5.7 million. Efficiency/Cost-Effectiveness: To the extent that the Board can minimize the average reimbursement cost for each law enforcement officer trained, this frees up resources for the in-service training delivery system and other uses. The goal is to keep these costs, over time, to a rate of increase in line with the general costs. Note that this average is for seven academies whose costs range from $2,020 to $5,097. It is for that reason that the Board looks at costs over time rather than from year to year. Starting in fiscal year 2013, individual academy tuitions were set by the Board using a methodology that will determine an academy’s projected costs. Mandated County Corrections Officer Basic Training Outcome Indicators: The Act requires the Board to reimburse eligible academy expenses (tuition, lodging, travel, training materials) for each claimant in an amount established annually for each academy. However, should either the appropriation or the fund balance be insufficient, the Act requires the Board to pro-rate eligible expenses to the available amount. In fiscal years 2017 and 2018, the Board fully reimbursed these expenses at 100 percent of the statutorily maximum amount. Output Indicators: This represents the number of county corrections officers who completed the mandated training and whose department was eligible for reimbursement of approved expenses. This number does not include officers who completed training but are not eligible for reimbursement. Input Indicators: The amount of funding allocated by the Board was $607,900. Efficiency/Cost-Effectiveness: To the extent that the Board can minimize the average reimbursement cost for each county corrections officer trained, this frees up resources for the in-service training delivery system and other uses. The goal is to keep these costs, over time, to a rate of increase in line with the increase in general costs. Note that this average is for five academies whose costs range from $575 to $3,762. It is for that reason that the Board looks at costs over time rather than from year to year. In-Service Training Delivery for Public Safety Personnel Output Indicators: This represents the number of public safety personnel (law enforcement officers, county corrections officers, and support personnel) trained. Input Indicators: The amount of funding allocated by the Board was almost $5.9 million. Note that since the Illinois Police Training Act requires funds first be made available for mandated costs (law enforcement and county corrections), that amount is often determined half-way into the fiscal year rather than at the beginning. Reduced planning time can affect the efficiency/cost-effectiveness of this program. Efficiency/Cost-Effectiveness: The in-service training delivery system operates statewide. To the extent that administrative costs can be reduced or eliminated, more funds become available for training. The cost per training man-hour is used.