In early 1857, legislation was enacted to create Illinois’ first public university, what was then called Illinois State Normal University. Today, Illinois State University has an annual enrollment of over 20,000 students, and a faculty staff population of over 3,400.
In 1957, the Illinois State University Police Department was established by the Illinois Legislature and its officers were given full police powers as one of the state police entities. Today, Illinois State University Police Department consists of approximately 25 sworn officers, and is one of the most progressive police departments, not only within Illinois, but throughout the nation. The department has been recognized by the Police Foundation, Police Executive Research Forum, Police Training Institute, International Association of Women Police, and the Russian Police University for its professionalism and high standards of training. The department strives to be a microcosm of the community it serves and has had great success during the last 27 years recruiting minorities, women, and university graduates to its ranks. Outreach is our “hallmark,” with numerous programs being offered by the University Police to enhance both a sense of understanding and community.
The Illinois State University Police Department's mission is to serve, protect, and educate with PRIDE and in partnership with our community.
The Illinois State University Police Department will be a model of higher-education law enforcement committed to providing the highest quality of service to ensure the safety and well being of the University community.
All want prompt, professional service and contacts while being treated with respect and appreciation for cultural and individual differences and needs.