Police Officers all over Illinois have come to rely on the ICOPs Legal Plan — the best protection available when careers and reputations are on the line — a level of legal protection that is not available anywhere else. Hundreds of Illinois Police Officers have been accused, disciplined, suspended or fired for actions taken during their normal police work. You may end up as the one being accused. That’s where the ICOPs Legal Plan comes in.
ICOPs attorneys are on-call and available 24 hours a day. They are on the spot, from memorandums all the way up to merit board hearings and higher.
ICOPs members get immediate legal backup. Where other unions may send a business agent to represent the cop on the spot, ICOPs sends one of its attorneys. An ICOPs attorney will be on the case the instant you take any action that may result in accusations against you.
The ICOPs Legal Plan’s coverage is extensive. Charges can be brought against a Police Officer for use of excessive force, for failure to follow a direct order or for not dotting i’s on a report. The ICOPs Legal Plan applies to all job-related discipline problems — whether they originate from within the police department, from citizen complaints, or from an outside agency that has jurisdiction.
The ICOPs Legal Plan is open to all full- and part-time Police Officers and other law enforcement personnel in Illinois.
The ICOPs Legal Plan is available as part of a group membership or an individual membership.
ICOPs group membership covers all members who are in a collective bargaining unit where ICOPs is the official Union representative of Police Officers. ICOPs group membership includes contract negotiations and contract enforcement.
ICOPs individual membership covers members who are not part of an ICOPs collective bargaining unit.