Buffalo Grove Police is first police agency in Illinois to complete trust-building pledge

The Buffalo Grove Police Department (BGPD) has completed the Trust Building Campaign Pledge to enhance trust and collaboration between police and the Buffalo Grove community. The pledge is part of the Trust Building Campaign initiative started by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the world’s largest and most influential professional association for police leaders. Buffalo Grove is the first community in Illinois and one of only six police agencies in the country to complete the pledge.
“This milestone is a testament to the incredible work that the men and women of BGPD perform each and every day,” said Chief Brian Budds. “Public trust is paramount to our mission, and we will continue to build and strengthen relationships within our community.”
To complete the Trust Building Campaign Pledge, BGPD has implemented 25 key policies and leading practices within the following six focus areas: bias-free policing; use of force; leadership and culture; recruitment, hiring and retention; victim services; and community relations.
BGPD established policies and trainings, conducted assessments and developed strategies within those six focus areas to encourage positive community-police partnerships that promote safe, effective interactions, create strategies to prevent and reduce crime and improve the wellbeing and quality of life for all.
“As a longtime member of IACP, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) and as a CALEA-accredited agency, most of the campaign’s policies and practices were already applied to our operations, and a few were modified to meet the campaign’s benchmarks,” said Budds. “I am proud our department upholds industry best practices that prioritize safety and community building here in Buffalo Grove.”
The IACP is encouraged by the efforts of agencies as they incorporate the pledge’s concepts into their everyday operations. When trust building is prioritized, community members and the police benefit from relationships focused on unified visions, goals and values. Building and rebuilding trust in the community and around the world is critical and must remain a primary objective.
For more information about the Trust Building Campaign, visit the IACP’s website at https://www.theiacp.org/iacp-trust-building-campaign.