Body Cameras Purchased for Law Enforcement Program - Thanks to Grant from IL Retired Teachers Association
The Indian Valley Vocational Center (IVVC) Law Enforcement program, located in Sandwich, Illinois, recently received a grant to purchase body cameras from the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.
Besides having a classroom and a mat room where Law Enforcement students practice their combat tactics, the center has a ‘shoothouse’. Throughout the year, the students engage in integrated scenarios using airsoft in the ‘house’. Recently remodeled, the ‘house’ is a three-bedroom, 1000-square foot house built inside the school. It not only has three bedrooms, it has a living room, kitchen, full bathroom, and even a mudroom. The house is fully furnished from the help of nearby villages and their Facebook ‘curb alerts’.
The body cameras, which are modified Go-Pros, will be worn with a chest harness and will record all of the scenarios. Due to the recently signing of Illinois House Bill 3653, all police agencies are required to have body cameras by July, 2025. This addition to the program will give the students practice and experience in using video recording during their scenarios. We will also be able to critique their actions as seen by them.
The Law Enforcement program mimics the police academy curriculum to include: criminal law, case law, traffic laws as well as training the students in combat tactics using judo, Krav Maga, and even Redman. The programs educates and trains juniors and seniors from ten surrounding schools including Earlville, Hinckley-Big Rock, Indian Creek, Leland, Newark, Plano, Sandwich, Serena, Somonauk, and Yorkville in the advancement of their interest in law enforcement.
The students and staff of IVVC wish to thank the Illinois Retired Teachers Association for their donation and continued support!