State Police Cancels New Trooper Training, Citing Budget
The Illinois State Police graduated 37 state troopers today Friday, the last class the academy will graduate for a while. State police officials say they can't train more due to the state's budget.
The 37 cadets took their oath in the auditorium of the Illinois State Police Academy in Springfield — in the last graduation ceremony it'll see in a while. This class was the fifth to graduate in a year.
A new group had been scheduled to begin the 27-week training on June 15; instead the session never started.
State Police Director Hiram Grau says the state funding the agency was counting on didn't come through.
"This class graduates today and I wish I had another class coming in after them, but ... we're going to have to operate with the manpower that we have," he said. "We really do need some more bodies."
For a while now, the state police has compensated short staffing by making overtime part of the regular schedule.
Though the General Assembly passed a 'flat' budget, meaning not more or less than the previous year, Grau says it's not enough for the equipment, meals and teaching hours for more cadet classes.