SITUATION and NUMBERS TO CALL
- Emergency requiring IMMEDIATE attention: Call 911
- Non-emergency situation: Call 309-673-4521: Police Communications Center. They will dispatch the nearest available officer to a specific location.
- For a problem in our parks that does not require immediate police response: Call 309-686-3359: Park Police Office. Leave a message and your call will be returned.
Protection of park facilities and equipment falls under the responsibility of the Park Police Department. A volunteer police auxiliary unit and Boy Scout Explorer Post 900 supplement the police staff.
Considering Law Enforcement? Consider These Opportunities
If you’re 15-20 years old and thinking about a career in law enforcement, take a look at the Peoria Park District Explorer Post #900. We offer a very unique Explorer program. You’ll learn some of the things a police officer does on a daily basis including handcuffing, arrest and control tactics, how to conduct car stops, the proper way to write citations and report writing. We also offer a variety of guest speakers during the year. If you’re interested in this hands-on training, contact the Park Police at 686-3359.
Cops for Kids
Cops for Kids is a non-profit organization that began over 10 years ago as an effort to promote constructive lifestyle choices for area youth. Police officers often see families whose children fall victim to their environment and grow up believing that their way of life–living with abuse, poverty, drugs, gangs and lack of supervision–is acceptable. The Cops for Kids program allows cops and kids to spend time together and develop positive relationships. Having positive role models like these are critical in the development of these at-risk populations.
Volunteers from area police departments—including the Park District Police—and the community raise money through donations and special events to fund the following programs:
Community Service Trailer: Trailer is taken to locations where families might need food, clothing or household items due to a crisis beyond their control (fire, water damage, weather).
Christmas Party: This is the biggest and most expensive undertaking, but also most rewarding. Families are invited to lunch and to meet Santa. Each child is then given several presents and the family is given a food basket for a Christmas feast.
One-hundred percent of the money and materials raised through the Cops for Kids program goes to children and their families. It is the kindness and generosity of the greater Peoria area that makes all this possible. If you would like to make a donation, send your check payable to Cops for Kids to: Cops for Kids, c/o Peoria Police Department, 600 SW Adams, Peoria, IL 61602.