CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The University of Illinois says Mike Schlosser is the new director of the school's Police Training Institute.
Schlosser has been serving as interim director of the institute.
According to The News-Gazette in Champaign, Schlosser retired from the police force in nearby Rantoul in 2004. He has worked as an instructor, a training specialist and associate director at the institute.
Jeff Christensen is executive director of public safety at Urbana-Champaign campus. He says Schlosser has helped encourage a serious element of research that helps improve police training.
The institute trains police from around the state.
It was headed toward closure in 2011 after a university committee concluded its mission didn't mesh well with the rest of the university. State lawmakers, police chiefs and others successfully pushed to keep it open.
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