Commissioner Donna Miller Holds ‘Ten Shared Principles of Policing’ Signing with District Police Chiefs and Mayors to Advance Equitable Policing (Oak Forest, IL) — Mayors and police chiefs from across the 6th District sign commitment to advance improve policing.
Today, Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller held a signing of the NAACP’s “Ten Shared Principles of Policing” for mayors and police chiefs from across the 6th District at the Oak Forest City Hall to express the commitment shared across the district for equitable policing. The 10 Shared Principles were signed by Commissioner Miller, President of the NAACP Illinois State Conference Teresa Haley, President of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and Chief of Police of Hazel Crest Mitchell Davis, and mayors and police chiefs from the district’s 36 municipalities. 26 of the 36 municipalities in the 6th District have adopted the Ten Shared Principles.
Then Shared Principles of Policing Build Strong Relationships
“The Ten Shared Principles provide a foundation on which we can build strong relationships between our communities and law enforcement throughout and beyond the Southland,” said Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller. “Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and I’m so proud that such a diverse group of leaders came together today to reaffirm their support of these principles and celebrate the diversity, community, and unity of the 6th District. I’m grateful to the many partners we’ve had in this work, and look forward to continuing to advance equitable policing together.”
The Ten Shared Principles were first created by the Illinois NAACP and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police in 2018 to improve policing throughout the state and ensure all individuals are treated with dignity and respect by law enforcement. Nearly 230 entities throughout Illinois have adopted the principles since then. Under legislation led by Cook County Commissioner Scott Britton and co-sponsored by Commissioner Miller, the Cook County Forest Preserves Police and Cook County Sheriff adopted the principles in 2020.
“When I first brought the Ten Shared Principles to the Cook County Board, my goal was both actionable and aspirational: to ensure every municipality embraced them in meaningful ways,” said Cook County Commissioner for the 14th District Scott Britton. “I am grateful to Commissioner Miller for her partnership with all the municipalities in the 6th District to adopt the Principles, which continues our efforts to ensure policing for Cook County residents is conducted in a fair, transparent, and equitable manner.”
Bringing Together Elected Officials, Community Leaders, Law Enforcement and Advocates
In recent months, Commissioner Miller met with mayors and police chiefs across her district’s 36 municipalities to discuss issues of crime, violence, and policing in the Southland and encourage their participation in the signing of the Ten Shared Principles. In bringing together elected officials, community leaders, local law enforcement, and advocates for this show of support, Commissioner Miller hopes other law enforcement agencies in Cook County and across the state will be encouraged to sign the principles.
“When we first created the Ten Shared Principles, we envisioned building stronger communities and better interactions with law enforcement for all Illinoisans, and we’ve been so encouraged by the commitment exhibited across the state,” said NAACP Illinois State Conference President Teresa Haley. “I’m proud to see representatives from across Cook County’s 6th District come together today to sign the principles, and I’m thankful to Commissioner Miller for her advocacy on this crucial initiative.”
“I am pleased to sign on to these principles today on behalf of both the Hazel Crest Police Department and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police,” said Mitchell Davis, Chief of Police for the Hazel Crest Police Department and President of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. “We all have a responsibility to help improve relationships between law enforcement and the Southland community, and I’m grateful to Commissioner Miller for her leadership in the 6th District.”
Read the Ten Shared Principles here.