UI officials, lawmaker honored for work to save police training institute
Several University of Illinois officials and an area lawmaker have been recognized for their efforts to keep the university's police training institute from closing its doors.
The awards were announced Thursday during the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board meeting in Urbana.
UI President Bob Easter received the inaugural "Special Friend of Law Enforcement" award. Easter said that a lot of people were involved in saving PTI, but added that the award means a lot to him.
Easter added that PTI provides a great research opportunity for the UI.
Others receiving awards Thursday for their efforts in keeping PTI open were UI Chancellor Phyllis Wise and Senior Advisor to President Easter Bill Adams. Republican State Senator Chapin Rose of Mahomet also received the "Legislator of the Year" award for his work to keep PTI from closing.
A deal was reached in the summer of 2012 to keep PTI open after the UI had previously announced it would close due to a lack of funding.