Illinois State Police

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Illinois State Police
AbbreviationISP
Illinois State Police.jpg
Illinois State Police patch
Illinois State Police seal.jpg
Seal of the Illinois State Police
MottoIntegrity, Service, Pride
Agency overview
Formed1922
Employees3,556 (as of 2004)[1]
Legal personalityGovernmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction*U.S. State of Illinois, USA
Size57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)
Population12,830,632 (2010)
Legal jurisdictionIllinois Statewide
Governing bodyGovernor of Illinois
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters801 South Seventh Street
Springfield, Illinois
Troopers1,781 (as of Dec 2013) [1]
Civilians1,548 (as of 2004) [1]
Agency executiveHiram Grau, Director of State Police
Facilities
Districts
Website
www.isp.state.il.us
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.
 
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Illinois State Police
AbbreviationISP
Illinois State Police.jpg
Illinois State Police patch
Illinois State Police seal.jpg
Seal of the Illinois State Police
MottoIntegrity, Service, Pride
Agency overview
Formed1922
Employees3,556 (as of 2004)[1]
Legal personalityGovernmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction*U.S. State of Illinois, USA
Size57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)
Population12,830,632 (2010)
Legal jurisdictionIllinois Statewide
Governing bodyGovernor of Illinois
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters801 South Seventh Street
Springfield, Illinois
Troopers1,781 (as of Dec 2013) [1]
Civilians1,548 (as of 2004) [1]
Agency executiveHiram Grau, Director of State Police
Facilities
Districts
Website
www.isp.state.il.us
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is the state police force of Illinois. Officially established in 1922, the Illinois State Police have over 3,000 personnel[2] and 21 districts.[3] The main facilities of the Illinois State Police Academy, which were constructed in 1968, are located in Springfield. Prior to 1968, training was conducted at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.[4] ISP also maintains the Illinois sex offender registry,[5] administers the state's AMBER Alert program,[6] and issues Illinois Firearm Owner Identification Cards (FOID).[7] The Illinois State Police is also responsible for driving and physically protecting the Governor of Illinois. In 2005, officers and duties of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services Police were merged into the Illinois State Police.

Organization[edit]

Demographics comparison
ISP[8]Illinois[9]
Male91%49.0%
Female9%51.0%
White80%73.5%
African-American
or Black
13%15.1%
Hispanic6%12.3%
Asian1%3.4%

As of 2006, the Illinois State Police is organized into several divisions:

Illinois State Police districts[edit]

  District 1
  District 2
  District Chicago (Cook County)
  District 5
  District 6
  District 7
  District 8
  District 9
  District 10
  District 11
  District 12
  District 13
  District 14
  District 16
  District 17
  District 18
  District 19
  District 20
  District 21
  District 22
DistrictHeadquartersCounties Covered
1SterlingCarroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside
2ElginDeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Lake
and McHenry
ChicagoDes PlainesCook
5LockportGrundy, Kendall and Will
6PontiacDeWitt, Livingston and McLean
7East MolineHenry, Knox, Mercer and Rock Island
8MetamoraMarshall, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell
and Woodford
9SpringfieldCass, Christian, Logan, Mason, Menard, Morgan and Sangamon
10PesotumChampaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby
and Vermilion
11CollinsvilleBond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe
and St. Clair
12EffinghamClark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion and Richland
13Du QuoinFranklin, Jackson, Jefferson,
Perry, Randolph, Washington
and Williamson
14MacombFulton, Hancock, Henderson, McDonough and Warren
15Downers GroveIllinois State Tollways
16PecatonicaBoone, Jo Daviess, Stephenson
and Winnebago
17LaSalleBureau, LaSalle and Putnam
18LitchfieldCalhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery
19CarmiEdwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Saline, Wabash, Wayne and White
20PittsfieldAdams, Brown, Pike, Schuyler
and Scott
21AshkumFord, Iroquois and Kankakee
22UllinAlexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union

Traffic enforcement[edit]

Illinois State Police currently use various methods for speed limit enforcement on Illinois highways. Hand-held and moving RADAR, LIDAR, pacing, air speed utilizing the ISP fleet of aircraft, and time-distance measurement.[11] The IL State Police uses typical marked units (Crown Victorias, Impalas, and Chargers, Ford Police Interceptor) as well as unmarked units of vehicles ranging from Crown Victorias to Grand Prix GTPs to LS-1 powered Z28s to Mustang GTs. The Mustangs, Camaros, and other vehicles are for a program created to combat aggressive driving and speeding. Lightbars used on marked units are Code 3 X2100 LED units, Federal Signal Legend units and Code 3 MX7000 halogen/strobe units. Prior to that, it was a mixture of the Code 3 MX7000s and Federal Signal JetSonics and Federal Signal Vistas.

Since 1986, the Illinois State Police has patrolled Chicago Expressways (Districts 3 and 4 which merged to become District Chicago). Illinois also announced in February 2006, that photo radar mounted in vans would be used for speed enforcement in construction zones statewide. Recently, the program has been expanded for speed enforcement throughout the state. Though the vans are manned by State Police troopers, a private company, ACS State and Local Solutions, provides the vans for a fee and receives a bonus of $15 per ticket issued.[12]

A Motorcycle Enforcement Bureau (MEB) was created in 2006 consisting of 41 officers in six squads dispersed throughout the state.[13] 50 Harley-Davidson FLHTPI Electra Glide's were leased for this use by the MEB.[14] Due to cost-cutting measures in mid 2010, the Motorcycle Enforcement Bureau was disbanded, however some motorcycle officers remain in the larger Districts such as Chicago and East St. Louis.

As of late 2007, all ISP districts have moved their radio operations to the new STARCOM 21 (700/800Mhz Motorola Project 25) trunked radio system.[15]

Illinois State Police Merit Board[edit]

The Illinois State Police Merit Board administers the certification of the appointment and promotion of state police officers as well as their discipline, removal, demotion and suspension. The merit board consists of five civilian members who are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the state senate. Each member serves for a term of six years and no more than three members may be affiliated with the same political party.[16]

List of ISP Directors[edit]

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Illinois State Police, 61 troopers [17] have been killed in the line of duty, with a partial list that follows.

OfficerDeath dateDetails
Trooper Albert J. Hasson
Sunday, September 7, 1924
Struck by vehicle
Trooper Lory Lee Price
Tuesday, January 18, 1927
Gunfire
Trooper Paul E. Clendening
Wednesday, February 16, 1927
Automobile accident
Trooper George E. Wheeler
November 22, 1927
Motorcycle accidental
Trooper Robert L. Fisher
Wednesday, April 24, 1929
Motorcycle accident
Trooper Robert Jefferson McDonald
Thursday, July 10, 1930
Vehicle pursuit
Trooper Frank M. Schwartz
Thursday, September 11, 1930
Motorcycle accident
Trooper Kenneth L. Church
Saturday, December 5, 1931
Motorcycle accident
Trooper James Grady Sutton
Thursday, June 30, 1932
Gunfire
Trooper Richard Groja
Sunday, May 28, 1933
Motorcycle accident
Trooper John L. McCabe
Saturday, August 12, 1933
Motorcycle accident
Trooper Joseph Merritt Elliott
Friday, October 20, 1933
Automobile accident
Trooper Leo J. LaVelle
Saturday, November 24, 1934
Motorcycle accident
Trooper Ray Embree
Thursday, October 15, 1936
Automobile accident
Trooper John H. Kugelman
Monday, November 10, 1986
Vehicular assault
Trooper Chong S. Lim
Tuesday, June 6, 1995
Vehicular assault
Master Sergeant Stanley W. Talbot
Saturday, June 23, 2001
Vehicular assault
Trooper Kyle W. Deatherage
Monday, November 26, 2012
Struck by vehicle
Trooper James Sauter
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Automobile accident

Uniform[edit]

The uniform of the Illinois State Police has certain qualities that separate it from its neighbors. Instead of a chocolate brown uniform (similar to the Iowa State Patrol), or a light blue on dark blue (similar to the Missouri State Highway Patrol), they wear light tan/khaki shirts, and dark green pants with black trim. Dress uniforms include a jacket that matches the pants. The cold weather gear incorporates a chocolate brown all weather jacket. Leather duty gear consists of black high gloss clarino holsters, belts and accessories. The hat that is worn by the state police is a dark brown campaign hat. The badge, instead of the traditional shield surmounted by an eagle design, is a six-pointed star that reads the rank of the trooper, and the words "Illinois State Police" in black, along with (beginning in 2002) the officer's badge number. (The badge's sequential inventory number is found stamped on the reverse side of the badge.) The badges are silver, or chrome plated steel for all ranks below Sergeant, and for Sergeant and above, the star is gold plated. Over recent time there have been uniform variations such as brown wooly-pully style sweaters for cold weather, brown leather bomber style jackets, variations for truck enforcement officers, etc.

Rank Insignia[edit]

RankInsignia
Director
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First Deputy Director
US-O9 insignia.svg
Colonel
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Lieutenant Colonel
US-O5 insignia.svg
Major
US-O4 insignia.svg
CaptainCaptain insignia gold.svg
LieutenantUS-O1 insignia.svg
Master Sergeant
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Sergeant
Sgtpin.jpg
Master Trooper
PrivateFCpin.jpg
Trooper First Class
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Trooper

ISP awards, commendations, citations and medals[edit]

[18]

The Medal for Valor is awarded to Illinois State Police personnel who perform an act of exceptional bravery, with an awareness of the possibility that the act could result in great bodily harm or death to themselves.

The Medal for Honor is awarded to Illinois State Police personnel who perform a heroic act that, by its nature, results in saving a life, preventing a serious crime, or apprehending a person who committed a serious crime. The eligible act, while of a lesser degree than that required for the Medal for Valor, must nevertheless have been accomplished with distinction.

The Purple Heart Medal is presented to Illinois State Police personnel who, while in the performance of enforcement duties, are seriously injured or killed while encountering deadly force or “other actions” causing serious, life threatening injuries or death.

The Lifesaving Medal is awarded to Illinois State Police personnel who perform actions or who apply techniques that result in saving or sustaining a human life.

The Meritorious Service Medal is presented to Illinois State Police personnel who have made outstanding achievements contributing to the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department by consistently performing their duties with skill, diligence, productivity, judgment and responsibility. These achievements must be beyond the requirements of the normal work assignment.

Officers nominated for the ISP Officer of the Year must display a combination of the following qualifications and characteristics: outstanding contribution in the area of assignment; valor in the line of duty; exceptional knowledge and ability to complete job functions; overall productivity; civic contributions; and professional appearance and demeanor.

Duty weapons[edit]

The Illinois State Police was the first major law enforcement agency to carry a semi-automatic pistol, starting in 1968 with the Smith & Wesson Model 39, which it carried until 1981, transitioning then to the 2nd generation Smith & Wesson Model 439. The Model 439 was in service until 1988 when the ISP transitioned to the Smith & Wesson Model 459 for uniform use and the Smith & Wesson Model 469 for investigations and senior command officers. In 1993 ISP went to the 3rd generation Smith & Wesson Model 5904 for uniform use and the Smith & Wesson Model 6904 for investigations and senior command officers. During the ISP's long tenure with the 9mm cartridge, a special high velocity load designated "The Illinois State Police Load" was created at the request of the ISP. The load was a 115 grain round at +P+ velocities. The round earned a great reputation as a "street stopper" in the 9mm cartridge and was adopted by many agencies. The ISP carried this load until the transition to the .40 S&W round in 1999. In 1999 ISP transitioned to the .40 S&W caliber with the Glock 22 for uniform use and the Glock 23 for investigations and senior command officers. For patrol carbines, troopers are issued ArmaLite AR-15 rifles. Remington 870 12-guage shotguns are issued as well.

Less Lethal options issued to Troopers include OC Pepper Spray, Tasers and the Expandable Straight Baton.

Aircraft[edit]

The Illinois State Police have six aircraft used for law enforcement throughout the state, one Cessna 421C and five Cessna 182. These aircraft are stationed at four airports, Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, DuPage Airport, MidAmerica St. Louis Airport and Whiteside County Airport.[19] ISP has used aircraft for speed enforcement, using stop watch time measurement, since 1959.[11] According to the FAA, aircraft registered to ISP include, a Cessna 182R N291SP, a Cessna 182S N551SP, a Cessna 182S N661SP, a Cessna 182S N771SP, a Cessna 182S N881SP, a Cessna 421C N4131Q and a 1953 Bell H13G N33615.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c USDOJ Statistics
  2. ^ Illinois State Police. History. Accessed June 3, 2006.
  3. ^ Illinois State Police. Districts. Accessed June 3, 2006.
  4. ^ Illinois State Police. Facilities. Accessed June 3, 2006.
  5. ^ "Illinois Sex Offender Registration Information Website". Illinois State Police. Retrieved 14 June 2011. "The Illinois State Police provides an online listing of sex offenders required to register in the State of Illinois." 
  6. ^ "AMBER Alert Notification Plan". Illinois State Police. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.isp.state.il.us/foid/foidinfo.cfm
  8. ^ Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics, 2000: Data for Individual State and Local Agencies with 100 or More Officers
  9. ^ 2000 US Census factfinder - Illinois
  10. ^ Departmental organization. Accessed June 7, 2006.
  11. ^ a b Illinois State Police. Speed Limit Enforcement. Accessed June 3, 2006.
  12. ^ Illinois Department of Transportation. IDOT, ISP & Tollway Unveil Photo Speed Enforcement Van At Chicago Auto Show. February 9, 2006. Accessed June 3, 2006.
  13. ^ ISP. 2006 Annual Report.
  14. ^ purchase.state.il.us 50 1 year leases for $1,920 each starting 05/01/06.
  15. ^ http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid-2324
  16. ^ Illinois Compiled Statutes 20 ILCS 2610/
  17. ^ Illinois State Police Fallen Officers. Accessed June 3, 2014.
  18. ^ http://www.isp.state.il.us/. Retrieved 2014-07-19.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ Illinois State Police. Air Operations. Accessed June 3, 2006.

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