Basic Recruit training will commence on August 3, 2020. Recruits must report no later than 0800 with a bagged lunch.
The basic recruit course for officers consists of over 600 hours of training in areas of criminal and traffic law, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, physical tactics, EMS awareness, crash investigations, water safety, domestic violence, sexual assault, drugs and narcotics, crime prevention, standardized field sobriety testing, etc. The course is designed to incorporate classroom and practical exercises of situations that officers may encounter when they return to their departments.
Officers attending the 20-44 academy class MUST be registered BY THEIR DEPARTMENT on the ILEA ACADIS system, LETB course number 202044, AND also be registered on this NILEA website by clicking the "register officers for this class" button above. NILEA does not have access to the ACADIS system; please fax or email NILEA a copy of the approved ACADIS registration page.
Reporting instructions: Please note The NILEA Board approved uniform changes for 2020. All Academy uniform clothing must be purchased at Star Uniforms, 6075 U.S. Highway 20 Portage, IN 46368 as per Academy specifications to ensure color and quality standards. Required Uniform items TO BE WORN when reporting on the first day of the Basic Session: 1 Pair of 5.11 TacLite Pro khaki pants;1 Polo w embroidery; 1 Navy Blue T-Shirt (worn under Polo shirt): 1 Pair 5.11 ATAC 6" or 8" black boot and plain black socks; 1 Plain black leather belt (specified); Additional NILEA Uniform Items Required: 1 gray T-shirt with NILEA logo; 1 pair blue gym shorts with NILEA logo; 1 sweat-suit (2 piece), long sleeve gray cotton sweatshirt and blue sweatpants, both with NILEA logo; Optional items (also available at Star) without NILEA logo: 1 baseball Cap-Black; 1 plain knit cold weather Cap-Black; 1 plain 3 season Jacket-Black; Recruits may purchase items as desired. All uniform items are to be brought to the second day of the session.
Weapons: No weapons of any type shall be brought onto the NILEA Campus, including firearms, knives, etc., until instructed by NILEA staff.
Dress Code: The Academy Dress Code requires Recruits to wear Academy uniforms to all training activities.
Grooming Standards: Recruits shall report to the Academy clean shaven and with a conservative haircut. Male recruits’ sideburns may not extend below the middle of the ear; beards and mustaches are prohibited. Female recruits’ hair must be conservative, pinned up during the training day, worn off the neck and ears. No artificial hair is allowed. No jewelry, except for a wedding ring and/or a conservative wristwatch is worn securely.
Conduct Standards: Regulations of the Academy are strictly enforced. No alcohol or tobacco is allowed/used by any Recruit. No drugs or controlled substances unless prescribed by a physician; no over the counter medication are allowed at the Academy. Cell phones must be left in the car. Inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated. Any violation of Academy standards is grounds for dismissal from the Academy.