Peoria Police Department

Peoria Police Department

The Peoria Police Department is issuing a ‘buyer beware notice’ to crack cocaine users. A new form of fentanyl laced in rocks of crack is responsible for the deaths of two people Tuesday, contributed to the death for a third, and has one man in critical condition.

Peoria Man Killed An East Bluff Shooting

Nov 22, 2017

32-year-old Terry Linwood Jr of Peoria was killed in the shooting in the city's East Bluff Tuesday night.

Peoria Police were called about 10:45 p.m. with reports of an armed man running down the street in the 1100 block of East Gift. Additional calls reported a man yelling in the street. Police located the shooting victim in the 1200 block of East Virginia.

Linwood was transported to a Peoria hospital from the scene critically wounded. The Peoria County Coroner says Linwood died overnight, likely from severe bleeding caused by a single gunshot in his abdomen.

Peoria Police Department Sees Leadership Transitions

Oct 19, 2017

A long time Peoria Police professional retired this week. Assistant Chief Lisa Snow’s retirement was official Tuesday.

PPD to Expand Body Camera Program

Oct 11, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Most Peoria police officers will be wearing body cameras by March of next year.

Peoria High School Searched Wednesday

Sep 27, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Police responded to a false alarm call at Peoria High School Wednesday. It was an early dismissal day.


Peoria Police Department Spokeswoman Amy Dotson says police responded about 2:30. She says the remaining faculty and students participating in extracurricular activities were evacuated from the building.

“After that, the officers remained in the building in search of any validity of a threat. Nothing was located.”

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Marchers peacefully protested outside the Peoria Police Department today in response to the fatal shooting of Eddie Russell Junior. The 25-year-old was the suspect of an armed bank robbery Wednesday and was shot and killed after a standoff with police, a few hours later. 

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Police shot and killed 25-year-old Eddie Russell Jr. Wednesday when he advanced toward officers with a gun.


Russell was the identified suspect in the armed robbery of First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust on North Sterling just before 1:00 p.m. The robbery suspect had also fled in the direction of Russell’s family home.


Police spent the next two hours trying to make contact via telephone, bullhorn and opened the front door to have his mom try to make contact.


Peoria Police: Please Lock Your Car

Aug 7, 2017
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Peoria Police are asking city residents to remember to lock their vehicles.  A rash of recent burglaries and vehicle thefts city wide is prompting the call.

Peoria Police are investigating the death 23-year-old Michael Krus. Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert at 9:42 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Starr and Westmoreland.

  Krus was found with an apparent gunshot wound in the 1200 block of Westmoreland. He was transported to OSF with life threatening, underwent surgery and died at 2:33p.m.

Krus lived at 2024 S. Winston, about a mile and half from where he was shot. He also had a record. Krus was arrested last September for domestic battery.

Peoria Police: Be Vigilant Against Burglars

Feb 2, 2017

Peoria Police are urging residents of several neighborhoods to remain vigilant and keep an eye on their neighbor's property. Neighborhoods including Northmoor Hills, Northmoor Knolls, Willow Knolls, Tanglewood, and Hawthorne Hills are experiencing an increase in residential burglaries.

The burglaries have been happening at various hours throughout the day and night since December. Those living in the affected neighborhoods are asked to report any suspicious activities or vehicles to police, and call 911 if a burglary is occurring.

The City of Peoria saw an increase in shootings last year but fewer homicides. Peoria Police Department Data shows a 40% increase in shootings. There were 98 shooting incidents in Peoria last year. Though some of those instances had multiple victims. 122 people were shot.

Savory Seeks Civil Damages From Peoria

Jan 11, 2017

Johnnie Lee Savory who maintains police coerced him into making a false confession to a double murder is suing the city of Peoria, its police department and a number of police officers.


Attorneys for Johnnie Lee Savory filed the civil suit Wednesday in federal court in Chicago. The suit asserts Peoria police coerced a false confession from Savory when he was 14 after 31 hours of "abusive and illegal interrogation." It also claims the city destroyed evidence and that recent DNA testing rules out Savory as a suspect.


Peoria Police Offer Drop-off Site for Medicines

Oct 22, 2016

Peoria Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are offering people an opportunity to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances as well as over the counter medications for destruction. 

Three Shot in Adams Street Bar

Sep 29, 2016
Peoria Police Department

The Peoria Police Department is asking assistance in finding the people suspected in a shooting last night about 10:20 at  Kareena’s on S.W.Adams Street. Three people were shot, all with non-life threatening injuries.

Peoria Police Investigate a Spate of Shootings

Aug 31, 2016
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria police are investigating three shootings that happened late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.


A man was shot in the 1900 block of Dechman at about 11:40p.m. Another man was shot on West Ann at 1:52a.m. He is in critical condition. A third man and a woman were shot in a home on University Street about 2:05a.m.  


Anti-Violence Rally Draws on Human Relationships

Jul 22, 2016
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

A youth-organized anti-violence event on the Peoria Riverfront today gathered about 100 people. The event was organized by a group consisting largely of 16, 17 and 18-year-old Richwoods High School students and college Freshmen calling themselves the Coalition of Young Minds.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio


If you were driving on SW Adams in Peoria during Wednesday's rainstorm, you may have noticed a number of motorcycles, and people holding American Flags in front of the Peoria Police Department.

Mike Egan is with the Patriot Guard. He says the group, mostly made of veterans, thought the flagline was in order. “The law enforcement community lost five officers last week in Dallas. But officers give their lives, work hard on the job every day. We just felt it was time for those of us who support law enforcement to show our respect.”  

Too Hot: Link to List of Peoria's Cooling Centers

Jun 10, 2016

  The City of Peoria is reminding people of the public facilities that serve as cooling centers during period of hot weather. The lobby of the Police Department, on South-West  Adams Street, is open 24 hours. 

Peoria Police Curfew Reminder

May 31, 2016
TKoonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Police are reminding parents and guardians of the city’s curfew requirements. The reminder comes at the request of Peoria City Council members with the arrival of summer vacation.



The Peoria curfew for those 12 and younger it 9 p.m. 13 to 16-year-olds need to be in by 11:00 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.


Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria Police Department has some challenges to overcome when it comes to building trust within the Hispanic community, particularly those who are relatively new to Peoria.

That’s one of the reasons the department appointed Adrian Aguilar to its resident officer program. Aguilar, a former Marine, was born in Mexico and says he understands why Latino residents may be reluctant to call police to report a crime or ask for help.

Peoria Police Department Assistant Chief Mike Eddlemon is retiring January 11th after more than two decades with the department. Eddlemon has served as assistant chief for more than a year. He officially joined the department in 1992 and served positions including Criminal Investigations, Vice, and the Street Crimes Unit. Eddlemon says he is leaving the force to accept a position in the private sector.

Peoria Police Department

The Peoria Police Department has arrested two new suspects linked to the weekend shooting that resulted in the death of 14-year-old Tommie Forest.

Police arrested 20-year-old Samuel T. Gray Junior and 18-year-old Demerious D. Clark last night on charges of murder and home invasion. Police say both suspects are residents of the City of Peoria.

The first of the three suspects, 21-year-old Alex F. Collins, is being held on $2 million bond.  

Peoria PD hosting invitational police role-play

Oct 9, 2015

 The Peoria Police Department is hosting an invitation only Awareness Training event Saturday.

Peoria Police warn of recent phone scam

Jul 15, 2015

  The Peoria Police Department is warning area residents of a phone scam. People receiving calls are being told a warrant has been issued for their arrest due to missing jury duty.  The caller claims to be affiliated with local law enforcement.  The person receiving the call is then instructed to purchase a pre-paid credit card or make an electronic money transfers to cancel or lift the warrant.  Callers are further advised to remain on the phone during the transactions to assure that they are in fact following instructions.

Peoria Police Department Facebook page

  The Peoria Police Department is implementing a new emergency communications system today. Peoria Police started using the new digital radio interface with sign-on this morning.  The Peoria County Sheriff's Office has been using the system since earlier this year. The Peoria Fire Department is set to transition June 23.  The the digital system upgrade replaces the decades-old analog infrastructure. The new technology adds capability for first responders to have direct interagency communication.

Peoria PD offers scam guidance

Mar 13, 2015

The Peoria Police Department is encouraging people to avoid a possible scam. 

PPD offers neutral ground for online transactions

Feb 23, 2015

The Peoria Police Department is offering its visitors parking lot and lobby for people to trade items on Craigslist.

Super Bowl special police patrols planned

Jan 30, 2015

Illinois police agencies are warning they will be out in force this Super Bowl weekend to catch drunken drivers.

Peoria police looking for missing teen

Jan 26, 2015
Peoria police

Peoria police are asking for the public’s help to find a missing teenage girl. 15-year old Victoria Smith was last seen at her residence in the 2600 block of West Humboldt Saturday, January 3rd.

Peoria police warn of IRS scam

Jan 19, 2015

Peoria police says some scammers are taking advantage of tax season to con money out of area victims. The police department is warning residents of a new phone scam where callers are claiming to be with the IRS or U.S. Department of Treasury.