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2    WHEREAS, The Illinois State Police will celebrate 100
3years of service to the State of Illinois on April 1, 2022; and
4    WHEREAS, The Illinois State Police began as part of the
5Department of Public Works and Buildings with the appointment
6of former Kankakee Police Chief John Stack as the agency's
7first superintendent and the first eight highway patrolmen on
8April 1, 1922; and
9    WHEREAS, The Illinois State Police's initial mission was
10to enforce the road weight laws of the State, patrolling 1,110
11miles of newly paved road; the agency used Superintendent John
12Stack's residence as its original headquarters, and the
13patrolmen's equipment consisted of surplus World War I
14uniforms and motorcycles, which included portable scales in
15their sidecars for weighing trucks to determine overloads;
16Superintendent Stack held officers to a higher standard than
17most officers in the State at the time, and this legacy of
18exemplary ethics and standards has continued to this day; and
19    WHEREAS, From its humble beginnings, the Illinois State
20Police has grown into 21 patrol districts, eight investigative
21zones, six operational forensic science laboratories, and five
22regional crime scene services commands; it is now comprised of



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1several divisions, including Academy and Training, Patrol,
2Criminal Investigation, Forensic Services, Justice Services,
3Statewide 9-1-1, and Internal Investigation; and
4    WHEREAS, As of 2021, more than 70 troopers of the Illinois
5State Police have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their
6lives in service to the State and its citizens; and
7    WHEREAS, The mission of the Illinois State Police is to
8promote public safety with Integrity, Service, and Pride to
9improve the quality of life for the citizens of Illinois; over
10the years, the agency has continued its mission while evolving
11in law enforcement duties, expectations, responsibilities,
12training, equipment, technology, and objectives, making it one
13of the
preeminent law enforcement departments; and
14    WHEREAS, The Illinois State Police is currently helmed by
15Director Brendan F. Kelly; therefore, be it
17ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we declare the month of
18April 2022 as Illinois State Police Centennial Month in the
19State of Illinois; and be it further
20    RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
21presented to the Illinois State Police, the Illinois State



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1Police Heritage Foundation, and Illinois Troopers Lodge #41.