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 1        AN ACT concerning natural resources.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section   5.    The   Department   of  Natural  Resources
 5    (Conservation)  Law  of  the  Civil  Administrative  Code  of
 6    Illinois is amended by changing Section 805-535 as follows:

 7        (20 ILCS 805/805-535) (was 20 ILCS 805/63b2.2)
 8        Sec. 805-535.  Conservation Police Officers.  In addition
 9    to the arrest powers prescribed by law,  Conservation  Police
10    Officers  are  conservators of the peace and as such have all
11    powers possessed by policemen, except that they may  exercise
12    those  powers  anywhere  in  this State.  Conservation Police
13    Officers acting under  the  authority  of  this  Section  are
14    considered employees of the Department and are subject to its
15    direction, benefits, and legal protection.
16        Any  person  hired by the Department of Natural Resources
17    after July 1, 2001 for a sworn law  enforcement  position  or
18    position  that  has  arrest authority must meet the following
19    minimum professional standards:
20             (1)  At the time of hire, the person must hold (i) a
21        2-year degree and 3 consecutive years of experience as  a
22        police  officer  with  the same law enforcement agency or
23        (ii) a 4-year degree.
24             (2)  The person must possess  the  skill  level  and
25        demonstrate the ability to swim at a competency level not
26        less  than that established by the American Red Cross for
27        skills equivalent to an intermediate level swimmer.
28             (3)  The    person    must    successfully    obtain
29        certification as a police officer under the standards  in
30        effect at that time unless that person already holds that
31        certification  and  must  also  successfully complete the
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 1        Conservation Police Academy training program,  consisting
 2        of  not  less than 400 hours of training, within one year
 3        of hire.
 4        The  Department  of  Natural  Resources  must  adopt   an
 5    administrative rule listing those disciplines that qualify as
 6    directly  related  areas  of  study  and  must also adopt, by
 7    listing, the American Red Cross standards and testing  points
 8    for  a  skill  level  equivalent  to  an  intermediate  level
 9    swimmer.
10    (Source: P.A. 91-239, eff. 1-1-00.)

11        Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon
12    becoming law.

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