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4:31 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Area emergency groups test response in mock terrorist incident

Credit Central Illinois Emergency Information Facebook

Local, state and federal emergency officials responded to a mock terrorist attack on the Illinois River Monday morning. The drill was hosted by the Fondulac Park District Police and U-S Coast Guard. It was designed to test how well different groups work together to respond to an emergency.  Fondulac Park District Police Chief Michael Johnson says the mock attack involved terrorists taking over the Peoria Lock and Dam and taking hostages:

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State News
5:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Traffic citations could help fund police cameras

Getting a traffic ticket would cost you a few extra dollars under legislation before the Illinois General Assembly.  A pair of state legislators want to increase by $6 the penalty you pay for a traffic citation, or nearly any other offense, with some of that extra money going to help for police cameras. 

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State News
5:01 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Surplus military equipment for police draws scrutiny

Several Missouri lawmakers are calling for a review of programs that allow surplus military equipment to go to local police departments.  The scrutiny comes in the wake of a heavily armed police presence during protests in Ferguson.

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State News
7:05 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Military style police equipment sparks discussion

Since law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, began using its federally supplied military-style equipment, the spotlight has been on police departments everywhere. Members of Congress have begun to question the program that distributes extra supplies to local law enforcement.

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Crime
3:23 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

ACLU report: signs of racial bias in Illinois traffic stops

Police in the City of Peoria and County are more likely to ask to search the vehicles of minority drivers compared to whites during traffic stops. That's according to data collected by the state from 2013. The American Civil Liberties Union says that mirrors statewide numbers. But ACLU Spokesman Ed Yohnka says statewide and central Illinois data also show targeting blacks and Latinos is not only discriminatory, it's not a wise enforcement effort:

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Government
5:04 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Peoria City Council approves school cops, medical marijuana guidelines

Five Peoria Police officers are going back to high school. The intergovernmental agreement between the City of Peoria and Peoria School District 150 received unanimous support from both governing bodies. The five officers have to have juvenile certification to take the assignment. The four year agreement will be reduced to one year if the city does not receive a Department of Justice COPS grant. The grant application period opens this fall and is to be decided by the end of the year. 

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State News
5:34 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Protestors asked for suggestions to reduce tensions

Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Activists who work in north St. Louis County used the fourth day of protests over the shooting of an unarmed teenager to try and channel some of the anger into productive conversations. 

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Education
5:19 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Peoria School Board OKs city police officers, appoints board member

The Peoria District 150 School Board unanimously approved an agreement with the City for police services. The move makes way to expand the relationship that started the second semester of last school year, after the state board de-certified District 150’s police force.

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Education
7:44 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Peoria School Board to vote on police officers, appoint new member

The District 150 School Board tonight will vote on a contract to again staff it’s three high schools and Woodruff technical center with Peoria City Police officers.  The proposed agreement would pay the city $47 per hour throughout the school year.  If approved, the agreement could be extended another three years if the city gets additional grant funding for the positions. The move comes following a state board decision to de-certify District 150’s own police force.  

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Crime
5:49 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Peoria police continue infant death investigation

The Peoria Police Department continues investigating the death of an eight-month-old Peoria boy.  The infant, Antonio Carpenter Junior, was taken off life support last week after suffering severe head trauma. Assistant Peoria Police Chief Mike Eddlemon says it’s important for parents and caregivers to remember to seek assistance if they’re in a difficult situation with children:

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