Illinois State Police becomes first academy in the nation to put Ten Shared Principles into curriculum

February 2, 2022

Ed Wojcicki [email protected]

The Illinois State Police Academy on January 31, 2022, became the first police academy in the nation to place the Ten Shared Principles into its curriculum for cadets.

The Ten Shared Principles document is an agreement between the NAACP Illinois State Conference and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP), designed to build trust between law enforcement and communities of color.

Ed Wojcicki, ILACP executive director, explained to the ISP cadets during the training program that the Ten Shared Principles is the first agreement of its kind between a statewide law enforcement association and a statewide civil rights organization. ILACP Deputy Director Kenny Winslow explained how he added the principles to his general orders and made the principles part of roll call training when he served as chief of the Springfield Police Department.

Among the major principles are to treat everyone with dignity and respect, to promote de-escalation training, and to build relationships through community policing and other means.

The principles were first promulgated in 2018 in a ceremony in the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, and since then, nearly 300 local police agencies have adopted the principles as their own. So has the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) at the national level, the Illinois Municipal League and the Cook County Government.

ISP Director Brendan Kelly signed the Ten Shared Principles in January 2021 for the Illinois State Police, and it became a natural step to teach the principles in the ISP academy.

“We are hoping that the other academies in Illinois will consider instruction on the Ten Shared Principles in their curricula,” Wojcicki said.

The following individuals attended the historic event January 31 at the ISP Academy:

  • Illinois State Police First Deputy Matthew Davis
  • Illinois State Police Division of Academy and Training Deputy Director Marcus Gipson
  • President of the Illinois NAACP State Conference Teresa Haley
  • Chair of the Illinois NAACP Criminal Justice Committee Robert Moore
  • First Vice President of the NAACP Springfield Branch Austin Randolph
  • President of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Chief Mitchell Davis
  • ILACP Executive Director Wojcicki
  • ILACP Deputy Director Kenny Winslow