Interim director will take permanent post at PTI

Interim director will take permanent post at PTI

Mike Schlosser has been named the director of the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois.

Schlosser has been with the institute since 1999 and has been serving as the interim director.

In addition to serving most recently as the interim director, Schlosser has been an adjunct instructor, police training specialist and associate director.

He earned a Ph.D. in education from the University of Illinois and a master's of public administration from Governors State University. He is currently completing a master's in legal studies through the UI.

Schlosser retired as a lieutenant from the Rantoul Police Department in 2004.

Schlosser "has been instrumental in working with campus administrators and the Illinois Training and Standards Board to establish the (institute) in a relationship that has a significant research element and improves officer training, education and development," Jeff Christensen, executive director of public safety at the UI, said in a message to employees about Schlosser's appointment,

The institute, established by the Illinois Legislature in 1955, offers training to officers from around the state. Its fate was unknown for a few years after a university committee concluded it had little connection to the UI's educational mission and the university could no longer afford to subsidize its operation. Originally slated to close at the end of 2011, state legislators, mayors, police chiefs and others lobbied to keep it open.

"His past accomplishments coupled with his vision are truly enhanced by his community-based philosophy; focus on officer wellness and safety; and research, as well as improvements surrounding police relations with a diverse community — all bundled together with incredible passion, respect and enthusiasm," Christensen wrote.

Over the years, Schlosser has received a number of awards, including the Governor's Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement Training and the American Society for Public Administration Model Administrator Award.

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