Peoria County Sheriff’s Office: Patrol Unit
The Patrol Division is the backbone of the Sheriff's Office. Newly commissioned deputies begin their law enforcement career in this division, after successfully completing the 480-hour Basic Law Enforcement Class at the University of Illinois' Police Training Institute. Upon graduating the police academy, new deputies also complete 14 weeks of field training.
Six lieutenants and 39 deputies cover four shifts on the streets. The average deputy sheriff for Peoria County has 12 years, 11 months, and 1 day of service. The average patrol lieutenant has 23 years, 7 months, and 9 days of service; almost 9 years of this service as a lieutenant. The Patrol Division operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In addition to the unincorporated areas of Peoria County, patrol is also conducted within several municipalities that have contracted with the Sheriff's Office for this service. Deputies assigned to the Patrol Division may also be assigned to the Central Illinois Emergency Response Team (CIERT), Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS), Drug Interdiction Response Team (DIRT), motorcycle unit, and/or bicycle patrol.
Deputies continually receive extensive training and many learn special skills that require even additional training. Deputies serve as State of Illinois certified Traffic Accident Reconstruction Specialists, Drug Recognition Experts, and K-9 deputies (Deputy Kenny and his partner Omen are pictured at right). Detectives and crime scene/lab technicians are selected from the ranks of the patrol deputies. For information on how to apply for employment as a Peoria County Deputy Sheriff, please click here.