Police officers in Illinois could soon be better trained to help military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.A new law (HB 5587) requires a training program on the disorder be conducted by the Illinois State Police Academy and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board.
There has been talk about relocating the Police Training Institute to Western Illinois University but it appears those plans have stalled.
The facility would have replaced one in Urbana. The University of Illinois was preparing to close it June 30 because of the operational costs, which it shares with the state.
The U of I questioned the expense of more than $600,000 a year on something that isn't part of the school's academic mission or geared toward students.