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About Us

In 1957, the Illinois State University Police Department (ISUPD) was established by the Illinois Legislature and its officers were given full police powers as one of the state police entities. Today, ISUPD consists of approximately 30 sworn officers, an outreach K9, administrative staff, and our own dispatch center.

A vintage photograph of 7 ISU officers.

One of the most progressive police departments in the nation, ISUPD has been recognized by the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP) the Police Foundation, Police Executive Research Forum, Police Training Institute, International Association of Women Police, the Russian Police University, and Lexipol Connect for its professionalism and high standards of training.

ISUPD believes consistent law enforcement is only one piece of a safe campus community, so we strive to educate our community to give them the knowledge and tools they need to be partners in campus safety. Through our programs and Community Engagement Unit, we do just that.

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Proud to be part of the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP).

Our Mission

The Illinois State University Police Department's mission is to serve, protect, and educate with PRIDE and in partnership with our community.

  • Professionalism - We are committed to deliver excellent service and providing individualized attention.

  • Respect – We are committed to respect the people we serve and work with in order to foster an environment of trust.

  • Integrity – We are committed to perform honorable and ethical action on a daily basis.

  • Diligence – We are committed to offer timely responses by taking action, service of consistent quality, and competencies of high standards.

  • Equality – We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in terms of race, religion, age, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, ancestry, marital status, mobility, professional identity, etc..

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.

The Community We Serve

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Visitors/Guests
  • Other law enforcement agencies

All want prompt, professional service and contacts while being treated with respect and appreciation for cultural and individual differences and needs.

Contact Us

Illinois State University Police Department
Nelson Smith Building, Room 105
718 West College Avenue
Normal, Illinois 61790-9240
(309) 438-8631

The Illinois State University Police Department is located just west of Redbird Arena in the Nelson Smith Building, Room 105. A visitor parking space is available in lot F61 immediately to the north of the building, or metered parking is available on the east and south sides (M61). See campus maps here.

Patch and Coin Requests: We're sorry, but Illinois State University Police does not participate in patch exchanges.

A police officer drives a cruiser while Pawfficer Sage rides in the back.

Give to University Police

Our department has been recognized by many associations for its professionalism and high standards of training. Please, help us to continue the good work serving the community.

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