Southwestern Illinois Police Academy
Southwestern Illinois Police Academy is a multi-faceted training
facility that utilizes a combination of academia and practitioners
to deliver a well-rounded law enforcement- based foundation of education.
The end result of a 10 week training program is a state certified
individual capable of performing at the entry level requirements
of any local or county law enforcement agency in the state of Illinois.
The basic training course includes all
aspects of entry level law enforcement training to include strengthening
good foundations of ethics, examining legal issues, citizen interaction,
community oriented policing, investigative skills, state of the
art firearms training and defensive tactics. The academy offers basic training for
full-time and part-time police officers.
Since it's inception in 1971, the Southwestern Illinois Police Academy
(SWIPA) graduates have been among the highest scoring state
test score averages in the state.
We at SWIPA feel that our interactive classroom and use of
practitioners of the trade, facilitate learning
develop close relationships
between recruits and modern day law
enforcers. We consistently gather input from our client agency's
field training officers in an effort to ensure that the academy end
product is meeting the needs of those agencies as well as satisfying
state requirements. Virtually all of our staff have received
training in instructor development and we ensure that the delivery
of education is comprehensive and adaptable to each student. Lesson
plans are updated on a timely basis to ensure delivery of current
practices and legal applications. Practical exercises are
incorporated throughout the sessions to provide hands-on application
of learning and review of prior teachings.
We are proud of our facility and staff and receive a significant
amount of support from our sponsoring institution, Southwestern
Illinois College. We believe in providing equal opportunities of
learning for all those who attend this facility and feel that we can
instill the core values of law enforcement: Knowledge, Honor, and
Illinois Police Academy
2500 Carlyle Ave.
Belleville, Illinois 62221
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since November 17, 2009