Community discusses policing efforts in wake of several East Bluff shootings

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PEORIA, Ill. — Every five years the city of Peoria consolidates its plan for the department of housing and urban development.

They create outlines of how the city will use its HUD funds, which is typically a 2.5 million dollar annual allocation.

The city wants to engage neighbors in the planning process, which is what promoted the community meeting on Tuesday evening.

Neighbors and community members met face-to-face with police and asked about their plan to stop the violence.

Chris Williamson lives in the East Bluff and said she and her neighbors have been “on edge” all summer due to several shootings and encourages law enforcement to do more to create a safer environment.

“I appreciate what you’re doing, I think you are working hard, I genuinely feel that there could be more,” Williamson said. “I’m happy to hear that more vehicles are going to come. I think I really would like a bit more of a personal touch with a lot of our police officers so that we really feel that they’re really patrolling the area and not just [driving] by in their cars.”

Law enforcement said although you may not hear about a lot of the police activity in the neighborhood that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.

The Peoria Police Department said over the past four months several gun arrests have been made and search warrants have been executed.

PPD said they will continue to focus on the east bluff and more squad cars will be patrolling the area.

This was only one of four public meetings that will be hosted across Peoria. If you missed this one, you will have another opportunity to voice your concerns.

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