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Portable Scales Certification

Hours: 4
Tuition: $149

Program Information:

This 4-hour class is designed to certify any police officer in the use of portable weight scales.  Certification is required by the Illinois Vehicle Code before portable scales may be operated by a police officer for evidentiary weighing. The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy (SLEA) in collaboration with Illinois Truck Enforcement Association is committed to providing cutting-edge training that will give police officers the skills to operate these device with skill and confidence. 


The classroom instruction will be reinforced by a comprehensive, hands-on field practical followed by a written exam.

Topics Include:

  • Review of pertinent case law

  • Understanding different types of scales and their purposes

  • Comparing and contrasting different portable scales

  • Police exemption from commercial scale practices

  • Proper weighing techniques

  • Officer safety when using portable scales

  • The role of the Illinois Department of Agriculture

  • Troubleshooting & repairing portable scale problems

  • Avoiding legal pitfalls with portable scales

  • Court testimony and preparation

 All students successfully passing the course will be certified by SLEA and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) in the operation of portables scales. Students will also take home organized and concise reference materials that will assist them in doing their job with confidence.  Students who have completed a 40-hour training course in truck enforcement will be given a membership opportunity in the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association. The ITEA provides officers with real time, online support from their peers in truck enforcement.

**Cancellations for this class must be received by SLEA 35 days prior to the start of the program in order to avoid being billed!**

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Voice: (630) 942-2939

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