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Jim Getz named commander of the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center in Decatur

Updated: Apr 12, 2022

By Amanda Brennan

On Monday, Richland Community College in Decatur announced that Jim Getz was named the commander of the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center (MCLETC).

Getz brings experience from 22 years with the Decatur Police Department, where he also served as the police chief for five years. He recently retired from the department this past July. Before working with the Decatur Police Department, he was a state correctional officer for three years.

He served as the class president for basic law enforcement training at the Illinois State Police Academy in 1999. Getz graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield as well as the FBI National Academy Class 271.

Thomas Schneider, deputy commander at MCLETC, has served as the acting commander and will now return back to his deputy commander position.

“With Commander Getz’s credentials, he could easily lead any municipal, state. or federal agency. But instead, he has chosen to accept the position of commander at MCLETC, which will allow him to mentor new officers from all over the state of Illinois, so that they are ready to serve and protect their communities,” Schneider said in a press release.

“We want to build officers that are true public servants to all people in their community,” Getz also said in a press release.

MCLETC is an Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board facility, operated by Richland Community College. They train professionals through education and practical application. It opened in September 2017 and started its first training course a few months later in October.

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