The Jacksonville Police Department is staffed with forty sworn officers and a civilian staff of four. The Jacksonville Police Department serves a population of just under 20,000 people, which inflates to a much larger population than recorded, due to being the home of Illinois College, MacMurray College, The Illinois School for the Deaf, The Illinois School for the Visually Impaired and the Jacksonville Correctional Center.
The mission of the Jacksonville Police Department (JPD) is to enforce and uphold all federal and state statutes and municipal ordinances in accordance with the United States Constitution. The JPD serves to prevent and detect crime, protect life and property, and to achieve a peaceful community free from the fear of crime and disorder. This is accomplished by coordinating and cooperating with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and community groups. The JPD strives to deliver law enforcement with high standards of skill, integrity, and accountability, and with full respect for human dignity.