The Illinois State Police has long been regarded as a pioneer in progressive,
citizen oriented policing. ISP's efforts have been recognized by the Federal
Government and many private organizations as examples of excellence.
1998 Lincoln Award for Commitment to Excellence
In 1998, the Illinois State Police received the Lincoln Award for Commitment
to Excellence from the Lincoln Foundation for Business Excellence. Patterned
after the Malcolm Baldridge awards, the Lincoln Foundation examines business
practices in light of the tenets of Continuous Process Improvement. ISP
today continues to work with the Lincoln Foundation on continuous improvement.
In summer 2001, three Illinois State Police (ISP) public information initiatives
received Public Affairs and Consumer Education (PACE) awards from the
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), Region III.
Region III is comprised of 12 states and parts of Canada.
Operation SCORE (Student Concentrated Occupant Restraint Enforcement)
is a focused seat belt enforcement campaign which operates in four counties
in District 1. The program was recognized for its creative and colorful
brochure, featuring a seat belt survivor. The brochure also received the
International Award from the AAMVA.
The Safe Kids Are Buckled Up marketing campaign exemplified public-private
partnerships. The campaign combined the resources of the Illinois State
Police, Illinois Department of Transportation, Future for Kids Program,
Illinois Safe Kids Coalition, and Penske Auto Service Centers in a statewide
media and public education effort to increase child passenger safety.
At many locations, the exhibit operated out of a Safety Seat Checkpoint
Trailer, which doubled as a transport vehicle and rolling billboard for
child occupant safety. The trailer includes canopies to keep the participants
out of inclement weather.
The Illinois State Police internally produced home page was also recognized
for its creative approach to educating the public about traffic safety,
current crime trends, and departmental initiatives.
The District 11 Youth Council was recently honored by the National Safety
Council. This program teams high school students and local police officers
to identify and address a problem on their campus or in their communities.
Among other projects, students have implemented peer mentoring programs,
advocated for ordinances banning teen smoking in their town, and sponsored
an anti-violence program on campus.
The Safety Education Units effort in child passenger protection
came up a winner as the ISP was awarded third place in the Special
Purpose Vehicle category in Law and Order Magazines International
Best Police Vehicle Design Competition. The specially equipped trailer
is used at child safety seat checks conducted by certified ISP Child Safety
Seat Technicians. A $100 prize was donated to Illinois Safe Kids,
and a picture of the trailer was published in the July issue of Law and
Outstanding Achievement Award
A Partnership to Reduce Impaired Student Motorists. In September 2001,
Operation PRISM in District 16 was recognized by the National Safety Council
as one of twenty-three programs across the nation to receive the Outstanding
Achievement Award. PRISM is an educational program which augments classroom
instruction with demonstrations using Fatal Vision® goggles. These
goggles simulate impairments equivalent to a .08 BAC. Students perform
exercises which mirror field sobriety tests in the classroom, then maneuver
a specially designed golf cart around a pre-designed "obstacle course"
in a nearby parking lot.
Since 1986, the Illinois State Police has been accredited by the
Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, a voluntary
process of continuous review and improvement which ensures that the
policies and practices of the department conform to professionally
established standards. Visit
the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies.
The Illinois State Police Crime Laboratory System has been accredited to conduct forensic testing by adhering to the ISO/IEC 17025 general requirements for competence of testing laboratories (including additional forensic requirements) and the FBI Quality Assurance Standards (for both DNA Testing and Databasing Laboratories). To continue to qualify for accreditation, the ISP Crime Labs must maintain stringent standards of quality and sound scientific practice.