Joyce Initiative to Help with State Police Recruitment Signed Into Law (Springfield, IL) —In an effort to recruit more state troopers, a measure from State Senator Patrick Joyce was signed into law that aims to encourage more military veterans to take the Illinois State Police exam.
“We are working to create a pathway for veterans to transition from military service to law enforcement in Illinois,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “These individuals have unique skills and experiences that they could bring to a career in law enforcement.”
The new law states that collegiate requirements to take the Illinois State Police exam are met if a person has been honorably discharged by the United States Armed Forces, or is an active member of the Illinois National Guard or a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces, and has been awarded the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal or Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal.
The opportunity to take the Illinois Police exam will expand to more current and prior service members, which can help the State Police with recruitment. This will only allow the individuals who qualify to sit for the exam and would not waive any additional requirements to becoming a State Police officer.
“Meeting the collegiate requirements to take the exam can be a challenge for honorably discharged veterans,” said Joyce. “This aims to recognize the sacrifices and contributions made by our veterans, and provide them with an opportunity to serve our state in another meaningful way.”
House Bill 2475 was signed Friday and takes effect Jan. 1, 2024.
Joyce Initiative to Help with State Police Recruitment Signed Into Law