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State Police Merit Board - RG 405 | Illinois State Archives

Name: State Police Merit Board - RG 405

Historical Note:

The State Police Merit Board was created in 1949 (L. 1949, p. 1357). The three-member board, appointed by the Governor, formulated, adopted, and activated rules, regulations, and procedures concerning the state highway police. In this capacity, the board served as a regulatory body for the Illinois State Highway Police, a division of the Department of Public Safety. It continued to do so when the State Police Division was transferred to the newly created Department of Law Enforcement in 1971 (P.A. 77-568, p. 1180).

Among the board's responsibilities were the establishment of specific criteria for hiring, promoting, disciplining, and establishing rank classifications for state police officers. All applicants had to be certified by the board before they could be appointed.

The board tested all candidates for promotion based upon ascertained merit, seniority, and physical and mental examinations and created standards and qualifications for each rank classification. Final review of disciplinary actions taken by the Superintendent of State Police rested with the Merit Board. No officer could be removed, demoted, or suspended except by a board hearing.

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