The Illinois State Police and the Illinois State Police Merit Board have partnered to produce a recruitment video that displays the virtues of public service and aims to inspire men and women to join the ISP ranks.
“There are men and women out there who’d rather do a job like this, than any other job in the world,” commented Jack Garcia, retired ISP first deputy director and current executive director of the ISP Merit Board.
“They get up every day with the expectation that they’re going to make a difference in the world. This film is designed to speak to them on a personal level.”
The unique six-minute film was commissioned by ISP Merit Board member and Chicago-based businessman, Andrew T. Berlin. Berlin envisioned a tool that would help recruit high-caliber men and women who want to be among the best in-the-nation in law enforcement.
“I’m like a lot of other people here in Illinois who truly appreciate what it means to devote your life to the safety and protection of the men, women, and children who live here,” said Berlin. “This new film is one of the best recruitment videos in the nation because it talks as much about the people our Troopers serve, as it does about the job of professional law enforcement itself. We’re proud of our Troopers. We’re proud of our State. When you watch this film, pride is definitely one of the feelings you walk away with.”
“ISP Troopers provide protection to those who are most vulnerable and work tirelessly to keep our roads safe,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz (shown in a still from the YouTube video). “I can’t imagine a more satisfying or noble profession. As law enforcement officers, we shoulder a tremendous responsibility. Integrity, Service and Pride is our motto, and these words define who we are.”
The recruitment film weaves actual ISP dash-cam video, security camera clips, home video, and newly filmed footage paying tribute to the economic, cultural and geographic diversity of Illinois, and the noble profession of law enforcement. Viewers will see ISP labs and dispatch centers along with urban and rural regions across the state which depicts the depth, scale, and significance of a career with the Illinois State Police.
The film, which will be used in schools, for public and private presentations and published online, can be found at https://www.illinoistrooper.com/