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History of Illinois State Police


On June 24, 1921, the 52nd General Assembly of the State of Illinois authorized the Department of Public Works and Buildings to hire a “sufficient number of State Highway Patrol Officers to enforce the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Laws.”  This Illinois State Police was officially created in 1922 and today, comprised of sworn personnel and civilians totaling more then 3,000 is one of the most modern and efficient police organizations in the country.

Since its inception the Illinois State Police has fostered and served with a reputation for integrity, service and pride.  Illinois State Police functions include protecting life and property, enforcing both criminal laws and motor vehicle safety laws, responding to emergencies and disasters.

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