MCLETC is an Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board facility, operated by Richland Community College. We take pride in training professionals through education and practical application. The staff and instructors are some of the finest in this state and nation.
S. Jason Walker
Retired Decatur, Illinois Chief of Police serves as the Commander of the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center.
Retired as the Chief of Police of the Decatur, Illinois Police Department in July of 2021 after 22 years with the Department. He served as Chief of Police from 2016 to 2021. Also worked as a Correctional Officer with the Illinois Department of Corrections from 1995-1998.
Commander Getz is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield. He completed his Basic Law Enforcement Training at the Illinois State Police Academy in 1999 where he was also the Class President. Commander Getz is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 271.
Retired Decatur Police Department Deputy Chief S. Jason Walker serves as the Deputy Commander for the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center.
Deputy Commander Walker retired from the Decatur Police Department in April of 2022 after 30 years of service.
Deputy Commander Walker is a graduate of Richland Community College receiving an AS, graduate of Western Illinois University receiving a BS in Criminal Justice Administration, graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 275, and received his initial police officer academy training at the Police Training Institute, Champaign, Illinois in 1992.
Director of Training
Retired Decatur Park District Chief of Police Ed Culp serves as the Director of Training for the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center.
He retired in September 2018 from the Decatur Park District Police Department. Retired Chief Culp had previously retired from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office as Chief Deputy in 2010.
Retired Chief Culp is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and served eight years in the United States Marine Corps before beginning his career at the Macon County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). After retiring the fall of 2018, Retired Chief Culp joined the MCLETC.
Coordinator of Operations
Retired Springfield Police Department Deputy Chief Arnold serves as the Class Coordinator for the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center.
He retired from the Springfield Police Department in 2017 after 25 years of service. During his time with SPD, he served 15 years on the Emergency Response Team and was Commander of the ILEAS Region 6 WMD Special Response Team. Prior to joining the SPD, he served two years with the Mason City Police Department.
Retired Deputy Chief Arnold is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.
From the left:
Staunton Police Officer Kent Kramer, Retired Illinois State Police Master Sergeant David Carter, Decatur Police Officer Scott Gilman, Retired Springfield Police Deputy Chief Dennis Arnold (Team Leader), Macon County Sheriff Jim Root, Retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Senior Special Agent Kevin Rollins, and Retired Caterpillar Senior Industry Professional and former Decatur Police and Macon County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Officer Jim Humphrey.
Physical Fitness Team
From the left:
Retired Decatur Police Detective Dave Dailey, Norman "Bunky" Slaw, Retired Decatur Police Detective Trevor Stalets (Team Lead), and Decatur Police Officer Mike Donaker.
Retired Dewitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner serves as a part-time instructor and Assistant Class Coordinator at the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center. After serving two terms as Sheriff, he retired November 2018 and brings 31 years of experience with him. Retired Sheriff Shofner is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, The National Sheriff’s Institute, Eastern Illinois University, and Lincoln Land College Police Academy. A near-death experience created a passion in him that he now uses to prepare the next generation of peace warriors at the MCLETC.
MCLETC INTEGRATED FORCE OPTIONS TEAM
Retired Staff Development Specialist (SDS) of the State of Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Chuck Cadell serves as the Lead Instructor for Integrated Force Options (control and arrest tactics) for the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center Basic Law Enforcement Academies. Chuck served over 20 years in the IDOC before retiring in 2015. He is currently a Master Instructor of Personal Defense Solutions and the Filipino Martial Art, Tanikala de Serrada Eskrima.
David Dunning serves as an Assistant Instructor for Integrated Force Options (control and arrest tactics) at the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center. David has been a Police Officer for 14 years and is currently assigned as a Patrol Sergeant at the Charleston Police Department. Sergeant Dunning is a member of his agency’s multi-jurisdictional S.W.A.T unit and a former United States Marine.
Retired Illinois State Police Lieutenant Chad Smith serves as an Assistant Instructor for Integrated Force Options (control and arrest tactics), as well as Crowd Behavior/Civil Disorder, and Vehicle Stops/Occupant Control, at the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center.
MCLETC LAW TEAM
Brian Towne is a former LaSalle County State's Attorney. He currently is a Special Prosecutor for the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor's Office. Brian received his Juris Doctorate from DePaul University.
Jonathan P. Erickson is a former Auxiliary Police Officer, Macon County Assistant State’s Attorney and partner of the law firm of Erickson, Davis, Murphy, Johnson, Griffith& Walsh, LTD. He currently serves as a sole practitioner under the name Jon P. Erickson Law Office in Decatur, Illinois. Jon received his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University in 1999.
Aaron Fredrick served our country in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard. Aaron is a former Champaign County Probation Officer, University of Illinois Police Officer, and Macon County Assistant State's Attorney. He is currently a McLean County Assistant State's Attorney. Aaron received his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University.
Brad Rigdon is currently a First Assistant with the McLean County State's Attorney's Office. Brad received his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University.
Mary Lawson is currently a Assistant State's Attorney with the McLean County State's Attorney's Office. Mary received her Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University.