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[1] and 21 districts.[2] The main facilities of the Illinois State Police Academy, which was constructed in 1968, are located in Springfield. Prior to 1968, training was conducted at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.[3] ISP also maintains the Illinois sex offender registry[1] and administers the state's AMBER Alert program.[2] 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. As of 2008, Larry Trent was the Director of the Illinois State Police, appointed by Governor Rod Blagojevich in 2003.[4]

Traffic Enforcement

Illinois State Police currently use various methods for speed limit enforcement on Illinois Highways. Hand-held and moving RADAR, LIDAR, pacing and time-distance measurement.[5] In addition, The IL State Police has typical marked units (Crown Victorias, Impalas, and Chargers) 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.

Since 1986, the Illinois State Police has patrolled Chicago Expressways. Illinois also announced in February 2006, that photo radar mounted in vans would be used for speed enforcement in construction zones statewide. 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.[6]

A Motorcycle Enforcement Bureau (MEB) was created in 2006 consisting of 41 officers in six squads dispersed throughout the state.[7] 50 Harley-Davidson FLHTPI Electra Glide's were leased for this use by the MEB.[8]

Traffic Operations for D11 could be heard on 155.460 Mhz as of 10/27/08

Aircraft

The Illinois State Police have six aircraft used for law enforcement throughout the state, one Cessna 421C and five Cessna 182. They are stationed at four airports, Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, DuPage Airport, MidAmerica St. Louis Airport and Whiteside County Airport.[9] ISP has used aircraft for speed enforcement, using stop watch time measurement, since 1959.[5] According to the FAA, aircraft registered to ISP include, a Cessna 182R, a Cessna 182S, a Cessna 182S, a Cessna 182S, a Cessna 182S, a Cessna 421C and a 1953 Bell H13G.

Illinois State Police Merit Board

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 advise and consent of the state senate. Each member serves for a term of six years and no more than three may be affiliated with the same political party.[10]

Organization

Demographics comparison
ISP[11] Illinois[12]
Male 91% 49.0%
Female 9% 51.0%
White 80% 73.5%
African-American
or Black
13% 15.1%
Hispanic 6% 12.3%
Asian 1% 3.4%

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

  • Operations - performs all of the functions of highway safety and criminal investigation, traffic enforcement is one of the more visible aspects of the operations department.
  • Forensic Services - provides the state with specialty crime scene services including DNA and fingerprint identification as well as computerized ballistics matching.
  • Administration - includes facility administration, communication services and logistics functions that are vital to ISP.
    • Information and Technology Command
  • Internal investigations - performs a similar function as other internal affairs divisions as well as investigation of wrong doing in other agencies in the Illinois executive branch.[13]

Illinois State Police districts

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     District 1

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     District 2
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     Chicago District
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     District 5
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     District 6
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     District 7
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     District 8
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     District 9
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     District 10
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     District 11
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     District 12
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     District 13
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     District 14
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     District 16
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     District 17
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     District 18
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     District 19
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     District 20
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     District 21
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     District 22
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District Headquarters Counties Covered
1 Sterling Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside
2 Elgin DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Lake
and McHenry
Chicago Des Plaines Cook
5 Lockport Grundy, Kendall and Will
6 Pontiac De Witt, Livingston and McLean
7 East Moline Henry, Knox, Mercer and Rock Island
8 Metamora Marshall, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell
and Woodford
9 Springfield Cass, Christian, Logan, Mason, Menard, Morgan and Sangamon
10 Pesotum Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby
and Vermilion
11 Collinsville Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe
and St. Clair
12 Effingham Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion and Richland
13 Du Quoin Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson,
Perry, Randolph, Washington
and Williamson
14 Macomb Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, McDonough and Warren
15 Downers Grove Illinois State Tollways
16 Pecatonica Boone, Jo Daviess, Stephenson
and Winnebago
17 LaSalle Bureau, LaSalle and Putnam
18 Litchfield Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery
19 Carmi Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Saline, Wabash, Wayne and White
20 Pittsfield Adams, Brown, Pike, Schuyler
and Scott
21 Ashkum Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee
22 Ullin Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union

Contact Information

801 South Seventh Street
Springfield
IL 62794-9461
Phone: (217) 782-7263

See also


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