SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA)– Friday marked one year of a unique collaboration between Illinois police officers and the Illinois NAACP. Last March, the groups created a list of ten shared principles that act as guidelines for better community policing.
The principles include concepts like rejecting discrimination, increasing diversity among police agencies and learning de-escalation techniques. Statewide, 26 agencies have adopted the prinicpals. Sangamon County, howewver, is the only county where every police agency has gotten on board.
“We are hoping this gets contagious and spreads. That is our goal, to have all agencies within Illinois sign on to these ten shared principles,” said Brian Fengle, president of the Illinois Association of Police.
The police and the NAACP credit their willingness to work with each other for the programs success. In addition to getting every police agency in Illinois involved, officers said they would love to see this initiative spread around the counrty.