Section 1720.35  Academy Entrance Qualifications


a)         A person shall not be eligible to enter a Board-certified academy for basic training if that person has been convicted of a felony or any other crime involving moral turpitude, and unless he or she is a person of good character.


b)         Moral turpitude includes, but is not limited to, actions that contravene the need to protect the public, fail to meet the integrity of the profession, or do not preserve the administration of justice from reproach.


c)         An applicant's employer agency shall submit to the academy an authorization to obtain and release information and a written certification within 30 days prior to the first day of basic training.  The written certification shall attest that the applicant's background has been checked and verified and that the applicant meets the requirements set forth in subsection (a) and Section 6 of the Illinois Police Training Act.


d)         The written certification shall contain the following information:


1)         Name and address of employer agency;


2)         Name and address of applicant;


3)         Verification that the criminal history of the applicant has been examined and contains no violation as specified in this Part;


4)         Verification that the personal history of the applicant has been examined and that the applicant is of good character; and


5)         Dated signatures of the agency head on the application with an attestation from the applicant that the information is true and correct.


e)         The Board-certified Academy Director shall have the first 2 weeks of training to review the qualifications of the applicant to enter the academy.  An applicant's participation in the academy is conditional upon this review.


f)         In the event that the Board-certified Academy Director determines that an applicant does not meet the standards set forth by law, the applicant's employer agency shall be notified in writing that the applicant is not eligible to enter the academy and the applicant shall be sent home.  Reasons for the denial shall be in writing.


g)         Any employer agency who wishes to appeal the decision of a director denying admission into a Board-certified academy shall, within 10 days, submit a written request for review to the Executive Director of the Board.


h)         The Executive Director of the Board shall have 30 days to undertake a review of the Academy Director's decision.  The Executive Director shall have the powers of investigation.  Failure to cooperate in the investigation on the part of the applicant or employer agency may result in disqualification.


i)          The Executive Director shall decide within 30 days whether to confirm or overrule the Academy Director's decision.


j)          In the event the Executive Director confirms the decision, the applicant's employer agency may, in writing, file an appeal, within 10 days after the Executive Director's decision.  The Board's Executive Committee shall review the record at the next regularly scheduled quarterly Executive Committee meeting to confirm or overrule the Executive Director.  The Executive Committee shall make its recommendation to the Board at the Board's next regularly scheduled meeting.


k)         If an appeal is filed, an applicant shall be entitled to the 90 day extension in Section 8.1 of the Act to complete basic training.


(Source:  Amended at 28 Ill. Reg. 13537, effective September 23, 2004)