As of this week, Peoria has seen 13 homicides so far in 2018. The city’s police department is looking for more officers to investigate crime.
The department has 17 vacancies that they say they’re trying to fill as soon as possible. Overall the department has a budget for 229 officers, yet right now only 212 are employed. There’s also a possibility that the number could increase due to future retirements as well
Police Chief Loren Marion say they’re eager to hire people before the next testing date in October.
It’s important to note that the city is dealing with a number of budget issues. There’s a possibility that city employees would be required to take nearly 88 hours of furloughs. However police officers are exempt from that.
Here’s a list of qualifications on becoming a member of the police force.
Peoria officers are also investigating an increased amount of violence on Peoria streets.
Chief Marion says in comparison to this time last year the cities numbers are similar as it relates to violence. Marion says lately the department has been evaluating each issue on a case by case basis. Whether it be gang or domestic related officers are approaching each event differently.
The chief also said they’re still investigating several incidents but they don’t believe any of them are related.