The Illinois State Police Academy introduced a new Code of Conduct and Discipline System in
conjunction with Cadet Class 96 (Nov./1998). The Cadet Code of Conduct emphasizes
the three guiding values of integrity, service and pride by which the Illinois State Police family directs its
path. This Code is the guiding standard for all cadet behavior. All cadets are expected to meet or exceed the behavior
outlined in this Code and commit to the highest ethical principles possible; thus honoring the star and uniform of the
Illinois State Police.
The Illinois State Police Cadet Disciplinary System is intended to maintain and promote order and structure among
cadets. The aim is to develop the self-discipline necessary for an Illinois State Trooper to function effectively in a
position of public trust, and for each cadet to accept full responsibility for his or her actions or failure to act. It is
intended to be just, instructional and corrective.
Cadet class supervision is provided by counselors. The counselors are ISP officers on Temporary Duty Assignment
from the field who serve as positive role models for the cadets instilling ethics, morals and integrity. The counselors
also provide educational guidance, address cadet strengths and weaknesses, and aid in the writing of educational
prescriptions for cadet remediation.
The other supervision body for cadets is the Teaching Assessing and Correction (T.A.C.) Squad which is made up
of full-time sworn Academy staff members. The primary purpose of the T.A.C. Squad is to:
serve as direct role models of professional demeanor and conduct;
conduct all inspections, drill and ceremony;
assign disciplinary sanctions; and
supervise the day-to-day operation of the cadet program and counselors.
These new changes are the latest in a line of many which have occurred since the current Academy opened its doors
in 1968. The faces of command and staff have obviously changed, but the Academy's focus has never wavered
-- producing the sharpest, safest and proudest law enforcement officers in the country.