Safety Law & Order

YOUTH POLICE PROGRAM

HISTORY OF YOUTH POLICE PROGRAM

The Youth Police Program was developed by the Department Safety, Law & Order Committee, in conjunction with the Illinois State Police in a meeting at the State Police Academy in October of 1971.

The primary purpose of the Youth Police Program is to establish an inter-personal relationship between the youth of our State and Law Enforcement Officers, in order to create a better understanding of the problems and attitudes of both groups, and to  develop a rapport between youth and the police.

It is our intention that the youth attending this program need not necessarily be interested in a career in Law Enforcement.  In fact, we feel that those youths who do not seem to have vocational or scholastic direction may benefit the most from this program.  It is really our desire to recruit the average youth representing all communities and cultural backgrounds in the State of Illinois in an effort to rekindle in our youth the fading respect for persons empowered with the responsibility of enforcing the law at all levels of government.

This goal can be better accomplished by exposing these youths to Law Enforcement with an opportunity to objectively witness the rigid training and standards set forth in law enforcement today. The program gives the participant the opportunity to seek answers to questions that will help them better understand why police officers take certain actions that may directly or indirectly affect them. During this program these youths are each given an opportunity and encouraged to express their feelings and views, both in classroom situations and in the daily informational sessions with their police counselors.

Finally, it is our desire that each youthful participant shall return to their  community with a clearer understanding of the police and their problems.  We are confident that this program will instill in these youth a new found respect for the police, and that when they return to their communities and friends, they will "tell it like it is." 

LAW OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Americans in recent years have been experiencing an unprecedented crime wave which has permeated all States and neighborhoods in our country, and crime is rapidly becoming America’s foremost domestic problem.  The Preamble of the Constitution of The American Legion includes as one of its objectives.......“to maintain Law and Order”.  As concerned citizens and veterans, Legionnaires have always fostered a strong sense of law and order and  have upheld the protection of American citizens and the American way of life. They have always held law enforcement agencies in the highest regard and many Posts and Departments already recognize outstanding law enforcement officers of various jurisdictions who daily serve our communities and frequently lay their lives on the line.

The purpose of this instruction is to specify the guidelines, eligibility criteria and application requirements for selection and presentation of a National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award. The major purpose of this award, is to encourage the further development of Department and Post Law and Order Committees in all Divisions in recognition of law enforcement officers by Posts, Divisions and the Department Headquarters of The American Legion.

FIRE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

The Safety, Law and Order Committee, with a mandate by Resolution from The Department Convention in 2004, have established the following guidelines for a Department Firefighter of the Year Award.  As we join the ranks of other departments promoting this award, our hope is to have this become a National Award soon.

The purpose of this instruction is to specify the guidelines, eligibility criteria and application requirements for selection and presentation of a Firefighter of the Year Award. The major purpose of this award, is to encourage the further development of Department and Post Safety, Law and Order Committees in all Divisions in recognition of Firefighters by Posts, Divisions and the Department Headquarters of The American Legion.

SAFETY, LAW AND ORDER COMMITTEE shall promote programs that will provide cooperation and educational information to the membership.  In addition, the committee will conduct a Police School for the Youth of Illinois to improve the relationship between Law Enforcement Officers and our young people.

Members

Chairman: Delmar Buske
Vice Chairman: Ron Payne

Members: David Harris, Ricky Serrano, Charles Coffey