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Full Text of HB4066  102nd General Assembly




State of Illinois
2021 and 2022


Introduced 4/20/2021, by Rep. La Shawn K. Ford


50 ILCS 705/7  from Ch. 85, par. 507
50 ILCS 705/7.1 new
50 ILCS 705/10.25 new

    Amends the Illinois Police Training Act. Establishes the Critical Race Theory Academy, which shall be operated by a board of 5 members appointed by the Governor. Provides that the board shall appoint members to the Academy Curriculum Committee and the members shall include critical race scholars, critical sociologists, critical educational leaders, critical community organizers, members of the General Assembly, law enforcement officer policy makers, and invested community members. Requires the Committee to create curricula for the Academy for both police academy candidates and police officers. Provides that all candidates that begin courses at a certified school on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act are required to complete the Academy before graduation from the certified school and current police officers must complete Academy continuing education yearly. Provides that the Academy may collaborate with colleges and universities to establish earned college credit for successful completion of the Academy. Provides that, until that time the General Assembly appropriates funds for the operation of the Academy, the Law Enforcement Training Standards Board shall provide administrative and other support to the Critical Race Theory Academy, including providing sufficient funds to enable the Academy to fully operate. Provides that, if the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board would approve any licensure scheme for police officers, no police officer may be licensed until he or she has successfully completed at least one year's worth of continuing education requirements at the Academy. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning local government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Police Training Act is amended by
5changing Section 7 and by adding Sections 7.1 and 10.25 as
7    (50 ILCS 705/7)  (from Ch. 85, par. 507)
8    Sec. 7. Rules and standards for schools. The Board shall
9adopt rules and minimum standards for such schools which shall
10include, but not be limited to, the following:
11        a. The curriculum for probationary police officers
12    which shall be offered by all certified schools shall
13    include, but not be limited to, courses of procedural
14    justice, arrest and use and control tactics, search and
15    seizure, including temporary questioning, civil rights,
16    human rights, human relations, cultural competency,
17    including implicit bias and racial and ethnic sensitivity,
18    criminal law, law of criminal procedure, constitutional
19    and proper use of law enforcement authority, vehicle and
20    traffic law including uniform and non-discriminatory
21    enforcement of the Illinois Vehicle Code, traffic control
22    and accident investigation, techniques of obtaining
23    physical evidence, court testimonies, statements, reports,



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1    firearms training, training in the use of electronic
2    control devices, including the psychological and
3    physiological effects of the use of those devices on
4    humans, first-aid (including cardiopulmonary
5    resuscitation), training in the administration of opioid
6    antagonists as defined in paragraph (1) of subsection (e)
7    of Section 5-23 of the Substance Use Disorder Act,
8    handling of juvenile offenders, recognition of mental
9    conditions and crises, including, but not limited to, the
10    disease of addiction, which require immediate assistance
11    and response and methods to safeguard and provide
12    assistance to a person in need of mental treatment,
13    recognition of abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, and
14    self-neglect of adults with disabilities and older adults,
15    as defined in Section 2 of the Adult Protective Services
16    Act, crimes against the elderly, law of evidence, the
17    hazards of high-speed police vehicle chases with an
18    emphasis on alternatives to the high-speed chase, and
19    physical training. The curriculum shall include specific
20    training in techniques for immediate response to and
21    investigation of cases of domestic violence and of sexual
22    assault of adults and children, including cultural
23    perceptions and common myths of sexual assault and sexual
24    abuse as well as interview techniques that are age
25    sensitive and are trauma informed, victim centered, and
26    victim sensitive. The curriculum shall include training in



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1    techniques designed to promote effective communication at
2    the initial contact with crime victims and ways to
3    comprehensively explain to victims and witnesses their
4    rights under the Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act
5    and the Crime Victims Compensation Act. The curriculum
6    shall also include training in effective recognition of
7    and responses to stress, trauma, and post-traumatic stress
8    experienced by police officers that is consistent with
9    Section 25 of the Illinois Mental Health First Aid
10    Training Act in a peer setting, including recognizing
11    signs and symptoms of work-related cumulative stress,
12    issues that may lead to suicide, and solutions for
13    intervention with peer support resources. The curriculum
14    shall include a block of instruction addressing the
15    mandatory reporting requirements under the Abused and
16    Neglected Child Reporting Act. The curriculum shall also
17    include a block of instruction aimed at identifying and
18    interacting with persons with autism and other
19    developmental or physical disabilities, reducing barriers
20    to reporting crimes against persons with autism, and
21    addressing the unique challenges presented by cases
22    involving victims or witnesses with autism and other
23    developmental disabilities. The curriculum shall include
24    training in the detection and investigation of all forms
25    of human trafficking. The curriculum shall also include
26    instruction in trauma-informed responses designed to



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1    ensure the physical safety and well-being of a child of an
2    arrested parent or immediate family member; this
3    instruction must include, but is not limited to: (1)
4    understanding the trauma experienced by the child while
5    maintaining the integrity of the arrest and safety of
6    officers, suspects, and other involved individuals; (2)
7    de-escalation tactics that would include the use of force
8    when reasonably necessary; and (3) inquiring whether a
9    child will require supervision and care. The curriculum
10    for permanent police officers shall include, but not be
11    limited to: (1) refresher and in-service training in any
12    of the courses listed above in this subparagraph, (2)
13    advanced courses in any of the subjects listed above in
14    this subparagraph, (3) training for supervisory personnel,
15    and (4) specialized training in subjects and fields to be
16    selected by the board. The training in the use of
17    electronic control devices shall be conducted for
18    probationary police officers, including University police
19    officers.
20        b. Minimum courses of study, attendance requirements
21    and equipment requirements.
22        c. Minimum requirements for instructors.
23        d. Minimum basic training requirements, which a
24    probationary police officer must satisfactorily complete
25    before being eligible for permanent employment as a local
26    law enforcement officer for a participating local



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1    governmental agency. Those requirements shall include
2    training in first aid (including cardiopulmonary
3    resuscitation).
4        e. Minimum basic training requirements, which a
5    probationary county corrections officer must
6    satisfactorily complete before being eligible for
7    permanent employment as a county corrections officer for a
8    participating local governmental agency.
9        f. Minimum basic training requirements which a
10    probationary court security officer must satisfactorily
11    complete before being eligible for permanent employment as
12    a court security officer for a participating local
13    governmental agency. The Board shall establish those
14    training requirements which it considers appropriate for
15    court security officers and shall certify schools to
16    conduct that training.
17        A person hired to serve as a court security officer
18    must obtain from the Board a certificate (i) attesting to
19    his or her successful completion of the training course;
20    (ii) attesting to his or her satisfactory completion of a
21    training program of similar content and number of hours
22    that has been found acceptable by the Board under the
23    provisions of this Act; or (iii) attesting to the Board's
24    determination that the training course is unnecessary
25    because of the person's extensive prior law enforcement
26    experience.



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1        Individuals who currently serve as court security
2    officers shall be deemed qualified to continue to serve in
3    that capacity so long as they are certified as provided by
4    this Act within 24 months of June 1, 1997 (the effective
5    date of Public Act 89-685). Failure to be so certified,
6    absent a waiver from the Board, shall cause the officer to
7    forfeit his or her position.
8        All individuals hired as court security officers on or
9    after June 1, 1997 (the effective date of Public Act
10    89-685) shall be certified within 12 months of the date of
11    their hire, unless a waiver has been obtained by the
12    Board, or they shall forfeit their positions.
13        The Sheriff's Merit Commission, if one exists, or the
14    Sheriff's Office if there is no Sheriff's Merit
15    Commission, shall maintain a list of all individuals who
16    have filed applications to become court security officers
17    and who meet the eligibility requirements established
18    under this Act. Either the Sheriff's Merit Commission, or
19    the Sheriff's Office if no Sheriff's Merit Commission
20    exists, shall establish a schedule of reasonable intervals
21    for verification of the applicants' qualifications under
22    this Act and as established by the Board.
23        g. Minimum in-service training requirements, which a
24    police officer must satisfactorily complete every 3 years.
25    Those requirements shall include constitutional and proper
26    use of law enforcement authority, procedural justice,



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1    civil rights, human rights, mental health awareness and
2    response, officer wellness, reporting child abuse and
3    neglect, and cultural competency.
4        h. Minimum in-service training requirements, which a
5    police officer must satisfactorily complete at least
6    annually. Those requirements shall include: (1) law
7    updates and use of force training, which shall include
8    scenario based training, or similar training approved by
9    the Board; and (2) after the completion and adoption of
10    the initial continuing education curriculum under Section
11    7.1, continuing education at the Critical Race Theory
12    Academy.
13(Source: P.A. 100-121, eff. 1-1-18; 100-247, eff. 1-1-18;
14100-759, eff. 1-1-19; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 100-910, eff.
151-1-19; 101-18, eff. 1-1-20; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-215,
16eff. 1-1-20; 101-224, eff. 8-9-19; 101-375, eff. 8-16-19;
17101-564, eff. 1-1-20; revised 9-10-19.)
18    (50 ILCS 705/7.1 new)
19    Sec. 7.1. Critical Race Theory Academy.
20    (a) As used in this Section, "Academy" means the Critical
21Race Theory Academy.
22    (b) The Critical Race Theory Academy is established to
23educate and train law enforcement officers and candidates for
24law enforcement officers about critical race theory and other
25race-related issues and situations.



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1    (c) The Governor shall appoint, not later than 45 days
2after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd
3General Assembly, a 5-member board of the Academy. The board
4shall designate a chairperson from the board's membership. If
5a vacancy occurs in the board membership, the vacancy shall be
6filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the
7remainder of the unexpired term.
8    The board may employ staff members and educators to assist
9it in performing its duties. The employees shall serve at the
10board's pleasure.
11    (d) The board shall meet at least monthly and at other
12times as called by the chairperson.
13    (e) Not later than 90 days after the effective date of this
14amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly, the board shall
15appoint members to the Academy Curriculum Committee. Over half
16of Committee members shall be critical race scholars, critical
17sociologists, and critical educational leaders. The other
18members shall include critical community organizers, members
19of the General Assembly, law enforcement officer policy
20makers, and invested community members.
21    The Committee shall create a curriculum for the Academy,
22including requirements for at least 60 hours of community
23engagement within the districts they may serve or currently
24serve in order to build customized relationship with community
25members, and an annual Critical Race Theory Conference for
26former candidates to demonstrate what they have learned by



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1conducting presentations and presenting their written
2assignments or working paper research from the Academy.
3Curriculum shall also be created for yearly continuing
4education for permanent police officers and part-time police
5officers, including those in all leadership positions.
6    The Committee shall finalize and approve, by a majority
7vote of members on the Committee, the initial curricula under
8this Section and the board shall adopt the finalized initial
9curricula no later than July 1, 2022. Changes to the initial
10curricula shall be made by the Committee and adopted by the
12    (f) All candidates that first begin coursework at a
13certified school on or after the effective date of this
14amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly are required to
15complete the Academy before graduation from the certified
16school. The Academy may collaborate with colleges and
17universities to establish earned college credit for successful
18completion of the Academy.
19    (g) Until that time the General Assembly appropriates
20funds for the operation of the Academy, the Law Enforcement
21Training Standards Board shall provide administrative and
22other support to the Critical Race Theory Academy, including
23providing sufficient funds to enable the Academy to fully
24operate as provided in this Section.
25    (50 ILCS 705/10.25 new)



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1    Sec. 10.25. Critical Race Theory Academy; licensure of
2police officers. If the Board would approve any licensure
3scheme for police officers, no police officer may be licensed
4until he or she has successfully completed at least one year's
5worth of continuing education requirements at the Critical
6Race Theory Academy.
7    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
8becoming law.