About the Memorial Park
On September 12, 2007, the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation ceremoniously took possession of Becker Park, a 1.5-acre park located next to the ISP Central Headquarters in Springfield, Illinois. This park was donated to the Foundation by the AIG Corporation. Set between Sixth and Seventh Streets and fronted by Lawrence Avenue to its south, the park is a short walk from Mr. Lincoln's Neighborhood, the Elijah Iles House (Springfield's oldest home) the Dana-Thomas House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Governor's mansion and several other historic sites.
All too many ISP Officers have given their lives to protect the citizens of Illinois. These brave individuals were more than police officers, they were part of a family. Each served with distinction and went to work each day knowing the possibility of making the "ultimate sacrifice", while dedicating their life to protecting us. This memorial has allowed us all to pay fitting gratitude to not only our fallen officers, but their families who have given so much as well.
The park provides for public gatherings to remember the fallen heroes and, if unfortunately necessary, to add to the memorial of names. It also sets aside places for quiet introspection, meditation or prayer. It is intended that in both the public gatherings and the more intimate, individual experiences, the park will be a place of consolation and comfort for those who have lost a family member or friend.