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Police Department Adopts 'Shared Principles of Public Safety'

In an effort to strengthen the partnership between law enforcement and the public, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois NAACP State Conference have established ‘Shared Principles of Law Enforcement’ to build trust and common ground between police and diverse communities. The City of Highland Park Police Department adopted the ‘Shared Principles of Public Safety’ and publicly pledged support at the April 9 City Council Meeting.

The Principles of Public Safety is the first of its kind in our nation’s history. The announcement of the principles took place in the Old State Capitol building where Abraham Lincoln served as a state representative and later delivered his famous "House divided" speech in 1858.

The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois NAACP State Conference share the City’s optimism and responsibility of building trust, developing formal and informal relationships at the local and state levels, and growing the number of partnerships committed to these historic shared principles.

“The men and women of the Highland Park Police Department recognize that these shared principles are reflective of our core beliefs and are part of the fabric of our mission and values,” said Police Chief Lou Jogmen. “By reaffirming our commitment to these ideals, we want our community to know what we stand for as their law enforcement agency. We have a strong commitment to public safety, we place a high value on working together, and we will always work towards improving relationships to keep our community safe.”

Every member of the City of Highland Park Police Department signed their name on a large poster listing the Shared Principles of Public Safety, which will be on display at the Police Department and later moved to City Hall.      

For additional information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 847.926.1000 or

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