March 18, 2020
Dear NILEA members,
Given the complicated characteristics of the coronavirus we must do everything possible to manage the potential for infection within our law enforcement community. As the coronavirus pandemic takes center stage worldwide, the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (NILEA) is being forced to amend its training schedule. In accordance with the health recommendations made by Governor Holcomb and the CDC, and after taking into consideration input from each of our distinguished NILEA board members, NILEA Board President Chief Richard Zormier, ILEA Executive Director Tim Horty and LETB Chairman ISP Superintendent Doug Carter, I am temporarily suspending NILEA Basic Recruit Session #20-43 by close of business today.
The suspension of NILEA Basic Recruit Session #20-43 is planned for the next eight (8) weeks. Obviously, this time period depends on the overall health status of the State of Indiana. I will stay in frequent communication with each of you in the immediate future. Also, be advised that any statutory requirements in regards to the basic officers and agencies affected will be reviewed and the necessary adjustments will be made by the LETB.
I assure you that the NILEA has the best interest of our law enforcement community and its officers in mind when making this difficult decision. We plan to stay vigilant and attentive to the infectious status of this virus and resume basic training operations as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding during these difficult times.
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.