Illinois Police Reserves
AbbreviationIPR, ILPR
Formation1923
TypeAuxiliary police
Headquarters2735 West 71st Street
Chicago, Illinois
 United States
Captain
Peter Pohl (deceased)[1]
Staff
12

The Illinois Police Reserves was a nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois providing auxiliary police services to suburban Chicago communities.

History

The Illinois Police Reserves was chartered in 1923. The organization was an all-volunteer agency providing reserve officers to assist local law enforcement agencies upon their request. Reserve officers would be utilized at parades and special events.

In February 2018, the agency was involuntarily dissolved by the State of Illinois.[2] Captain Peter Pohl, the leader of the organization, was killed in a motor vehicle crash in Chicago on August 26, 2019.[3]

State law challenges

In late 2010, an opinion by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan affirmed a state law that requires any auxiliary police to be state certified officers.[4][5] Since IPR was not state certified, its partnerships with suburban police departments ended, and they ceased training of new recruits.[6]

After a four year break, a new class of recruits is beginning the organization's 300-hour law enforcement training in January 2015; training that is not approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, the authority responsible for certifying all law enforcement personnel in Illinois.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Peter Pohl, patriarch of largest Filipino family in Brighton Park, killed in car crash". Chicago Sun-Times. August 28, 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Corporation/LLC Search/Certificate of Good Standing". Illinois Office of the Secretary of State. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Peter Pohl, patriarch of largest Filipino family in Brighton Park, killed in car crash". Chicago Sun-Times. August 28, 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  4. ^ Geyer, Thomas (January 8, 2012). "Illinois rules force many cities to drop auxiliary police units". The Quad-City Times. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  5. ^ Walberg, Matthew (April 22, 2013). "Use of auxiliary officers at issue in Illinois". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Illinois Attorney General: Auxiliary Police Are Breaking the Law". FOX 32 News. March 1, 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  7. ^ Goudie, Chuck (February 16, 2015). "Illinois Police Reserves: An 'appearance of authority'". ABC7 Chicago. Retrieved 19 February 2015.