State Police: fewer districts and greater focus on crimefighting, but where’s the new map? It’s right here

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Published: Jan. 13, 2023 at 8:43 PM CST
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(25 News Now) - The new year launched a reorganization of the Illinois State Police, reducing in half the number of districts patrolling the state, but the agency has yet to show its new district map on ISP’s website.

ISP spokesperson Melaney Arnold confirmed for 25 News that the department shifted to a system of 11 patrol “Troops” on Jan. 1, from 21 patrol districts.

Also, ISP is creating a statewide command focused on crimefighting, said Arnold.

Illinois State Police new Troop map that went into effect Jan. 1, 2023.
Illinois State Police new Troop map that went into effect Jan. 1, 2023.(Illinois State Police)

While the new Troop map is not posted on ISP’s website, Arnold said sheriff’s offices and other police departments were aware of the changes.

“Realigning into ‘Troops’ enables more officers to be available each shift to respond to calls for service and will provide coverage to all 102 counties in Illinois 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Arnold said in a prepared statement.

“With the expanded focus on serious criminal interdiction, ISP is balancing its resources to fight crime and provide safety services in areas with high crash and high crime rates, as well as on highways with high levels of drug trafficking, while still providing coverage in areas with fewer public safety demands,” Arnold also said.

The new map has Peoria County in Troop 4, also covering Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall and Stark, then extending into the Missouri border.

McLean and Livingston County are in Troop 5, and area that extends into parts of eastern Illinois.

Arnold said the new organization structure was based on crime, population and crash data analysis.

“ISP conducted staffing studies using an independent consulting company and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Personnel Allocation Model, as well as engaged committees consisting of subject matter experts to assess staffing levels and make recommendations for patrol boundaries,” Arnold said.

Illinois State Police has 1,836 troopers, according to data from last year.