May 4, 2020
Following the announcement of Governor Holcomb’s “Back On Track Indiana Plan,” I am pleased to inform you that the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy’s 43rd Basic Training Session will resume training on May 18, 2020. A revised 500 hour training curriculum was presented to the Law Enforcement Training Board of the State of Indiana and approved on April 23, 2020. This revised curriculum will allow recruits in basic session #20-43 to complete basic training in 3 weeks instead of the 5 weeks that were remaining on the training calendar. I am happy to report that these recruits will be scheduled for certification on June 4, 2020 and returned to their agencies at that time.
All staff, guest instructors and recruits will be asked to follow the CDC recommended hygiene practices and report any illness immediately. Social distancing will be implemented in the classroom and on the NILEA premises. The health and safety of your personnel is of the upmost importance!
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times. Please don't hesitate to contact me directly with any questions or concerns in regards to this matter.
James W. Markle
Executive Director/Master Instructor Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy
FACILITY USAGE FEE: AS OF JANUARY 6, 2019 THERE WILL BE A FACILITY USAGE FEE CHARGED TO ALL NON-MEMBERS. CLASSROOM FEE: $150.00 PER DAY, MAT ROOM: $250.00 PER DAY. PLEASE CONTACT NILEA STAFF FOR AVAILABILITY.
The Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (NILEA) was created 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 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 following decades, membership grew to as many as over sixty-four (64) police departments covering a twelve (12) county radius. The name of the organization also changed, and by 1990 it was known as the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Training Center (NILETC). When the LETB authorized NILETC to deliver basic recruit training, it was renamed to the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (NILEA). 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.