A Day in the Life of Research and Development

The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute (ILETSBEI) is the research and technical assistance arm of the state agency the mandates training for law enforcement and corrections officers throughout Illinois.  The ILETSBEI focuses on leadership in the criminal justice system through provision of a number of training opportunities for chiefs, sheriffs, chief executive officers, and others in supervisory roles. 

My job role as Manager of Research and Development at the ILETSBEI allows me diverse opportunities in developing training curriculum, grant writing, participation in special projects (like ICA), accreditation management, and other duties related to the ILETSBEI mission. My role involves researching topical areas for curriculum development – often with the help of our Graduate Assistants from Western Illinois University.  I also review potential grant opportunities, maintain social media sites including Facebook and LinkedIn pages, respond to requests for technical assistance, and research projects for the Training and Standards Board. 

My job requires a PhD in that I conduct scholarly research and must ensure the academic rigor that comes with different research activities.  I hold a PhD in Public Policy, a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  Aside from the scholarly aspect of my role, I also have more than 20 years of practical experience working in community corrections as a probation officer, institutional corrections as a case manager and program manager, and in the non-profit sector training professional staff.

I never anticipated the role I currently have.  I thought my career would strictly be working in the prisons or working in the community supervision field.  I have been fortunate in the opportunities I have had to explore different job roles.  My greatest piece of advice – don’t forget that other opportunities exist aside from the more defined role of correctional officer, probation or parole officer, or social worker in the field. 

For more information on the ILETSBEI, visit our website www.iletsbei.com  You will find more details about our programs, training, and contemporary topics relevant to the criminal justice field.


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