The Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (NILEA) was formed on September 15th, 1982. Originally named the Lake Suburban Public Safety Training Council, Inc. The organization's inception was in response to a legislative mandate that all police officers in Indiana have a minimum of sixteen (16) hours of in-service training to maintain their certification as law enforcement officers.
The four charter member agencies of the Public Safety Training Council were Highland, Schererville, Crown Point, and St. John. Over the next twenty years that number grew to over sixty (60) police departments covering a nine (9) county radius. The name of the organization also changed, by 1990 it was known as the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Training Center and when basic recruit training was introduced, it was renamed to the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Today, NILEA provides in-service training programs to over one thousand eight hundred (1,800) police officers, offering in-service training classes and two fifteen (15)- week basic recruit academy classes annually.
At a banquet on January 19, 2012, the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy was awarded the 2011 "Mayor's Choice" award by Hobart Mayor Bryan Snedecor and the Hobart Chamber of Commerce.
Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy
705 East 4th Street
Hobart, Indiana 46342
Training Provider #: 35-1679834