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 560-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 35 Deputies are assigned to the Patrol Division to provide police services 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Areas of police patrols and services include:
Unincorporated Peoria County
Municipalities, towns, and villages located within Peoria County
Contracted Police Service Districts
Deputies may also be tasked with other assignments that require addition specialized training
Central Illinois Emergency Response Team (CIERT)
Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS)
Traffic Accident Investigator (TAI)
Highway Enforcement Awareness Team (HEAT)
Detectives and Crime Scene/Lab technicians are selected from the ranks of the patrol deputies.