Federal Use of Force Update

We received correspondence from the USDOJ/COPS Office on December 1st that Federal Use of Force Certification would not be required for federal grants in FY24 and that the USDOJ would be updating various standards and moving towards encouraging accreditation in FY25 (more information to be forthcoming after the new year).  Based upon our conversation with the USDOJ/COPS Office, certification was/is required for FY23 federal grants. With that said, an agency most likely had to provide proof of certification when they applied for FY23 grants, and if they were certified at the time of application, they should be good.  Any questions should be addressed to the grant authority. 

We are in conversations with ILEAS and ICJIA about how this may or may not affect state grants including the upcoming Less-Lethal Taser grant that requires updated Federal Use of Force Certification.  As you may recall, our use-of-force certification service looked at not only the federal mandates required by Executive Order #13929 (which has been rescinded) but also optional criteria that embraced best practices, along with the major operational requirements of the SAFE-T Act and was recently updated to show compliance with the UN Human Rights Guidance on Less-Lethal Weapons. 

Currently, we are waiting for guidance from ILEAS and ICJIA before processing any additional certifications. 

We will keep you posted regarding additional information regarding the upcoming less-lethal grant as it becomes available.
 Less lethal grant coming soon

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Connecting PIOs Across Illinois

The ILACP has formed a special PIO Section to help connect PIOs from across Illinois. We're looking to get at least one representative from each department.

 For this first year, it's free to join the section! Find out more here: https://www.ilchiefs.org/pio-section

PIO Section Application

This will be a tremendous resource should anyone in your agency need to reach out to other PIO professionals for advice or assistance. One of the section’s aims is to create a crisis communication assistance plan among the PIOs in the section. This will create a buddy system of sorts if a crisis arises, and a PIO needs help. The hope is that person will have a PIO living in a nearby community who can come to their aid if needed.

There will also be an open forum amongst the PIOs in the section for any questions, comments, concerns, or advice.

We Never Walk Alone Partnership

The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Foundation has entered into a partnership with the We Never Walk Alone program. We will be working together on a First Responders Wellness Initiative. Find out more about We Never Walk Alone by clicking here.
Donations to We Never Walk Alone can be mailed to 426 S. 5th St., Springfield, IL. 62701 or done electronically by clicking here or using the QR code below.


ILACP 2023 Spring Session Wrap-Up

As you are aware, legislative advocacy is a priority for our association. The end of the 2023 Spring Legislative Session was anything but boring. The Illinois General Assembly pushed the end of the session eight days later than what was originally scheduled. They didn’t finish up until the early hours of May 27. 

More than 6,500 bills were filed
during the Spring session, with the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) tracking nearly 400 of those. 

The ILACP was able to help get a number of measures passed, work with legislators to try and make bills better for law enforcement, and successfully argue against many other bills that didn’t get passed.  

One of the troubling trends we are seeing is bills that attempt to legislate probable cause. We believe that some of these bills create a separation of powers argument and are something we need to be cognizant of as we move forward. 

The ILACP saw several successes as well as a few places where improvement is needed.


ILACP Members can read our full 2023 Spring Session Wrap-Up.

2024 ILACP Annual Training Conference


The conference will be held April 24-26 at the

Tinley Park Hotel and Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park, Illinois.

More information coming soon...

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2023 annual training conference! We look forward to next year's in Tinley Park.



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