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Springfield, IL—Police Benevolent and Protective Association of Illinois Director Sean M. Smoot has been appointed by Governor JB Pritzker to serve as a member of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. The Board term runs through August of 2023.

Outgoing member of ILETSB is Lt. Paul Williams, Bloomington Police Department and PBPA member. The PBPA is the only rank and file police organization in the state of Illinois to have a representative hold a position on the training board since its inception.

“It is with great pride that the PBPA of Illinois continues to have a representative serving on the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board,” stated Todd Keil, President of PBPA of Illinois. “It is essential that the voices of police officers throughout Illinois are included in the decisions made on training priorities and processes. Lt. Williams has been a leading advocate and a stalwart proponent in his role with ILETSB. His extensive experience lent a vital perspective to the essential work of the training board for the past six years and we are grateful for his service. Sean Smoot will continue the advocacy work for the women and men in law enforcement and brings decades of experience in managing policing issues and policy making. Now more than ever, comprehensive and effective law enforcement training is critical.”

Mr. Smoot was a member of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing in 2014. He is a nationally recognized subject matter expert regarding police related topics such as: Public Employment Labor Law and Police Use of Force. He has served on a variety of advisory committees in Illinois and on a national level.  

The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board is the state agency mandated to promote and maintain a high level of professional standards for law enforcement and correctional officers. Its purpose is to promote and protect citizen health, safety and welfare by encouraging municipalities, counties, park districts, State-controlled universities, colleges, public community colleges, and other local governmental agencies of this state and participating State agencies in their efforts to upgrade and maintain a high level of training and standards for law enforcement personnel.

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