Aug 15

Using TipSoft and Contacting the Police

Posted on August 15, 2018 at 4:29 PM by Adam Rosen

Although we pride ourselves on being able to solve crimes, we at the Peoria Police Department cannot solve all of them without your help. Do you have information about crimes that have been committed or that may occur? Follow these easy steps and let us know.

The Peoria Police Department utilizes CrimeReports and TipSoft SMS (short message service) to receive 100% anonymous crime-related tips. No one will ever know the identity of the tipster. The technology routes messages through a server that encrypts the source of the tip, before the tip reaches the police. The technology also allows investigators to securely reply without compromising the tipster's identity.

There are a few options to submit a tip:

BY TEXT: Type PPD, then your message, and send to 274-637 (CRI-MES). Tip Phone Line: 623-773-7045

E-mail Tips: (Note: E-mail is not anonymous)

ONLINE FORM: TipSoft online form

Tipsters can follow-up on previously submitted tips by using the encrypted code number provided at the time of tip submission. TipSoft to check on a tip previously submitted.

For more information, please visit the Peoria Police Department website page here: Peoria Police Department

Aug 08

City of Peoria Selects Police Chief

Posted on August 8, 2018 at 2:48 PM by Adam Rosen

After a national search, resulting in 55 applicants and narrowed down to four finalists, the city of Peoria is excited to announce Art Miller has been selected to be the new Peoria Police Chief.

Miller spent the majority of his career, from 1978 to 2012, with the Los Angeles Police Department. For 20 years, he held upper-level management and leadership roles in the LAPD. For the past five years, he served as Chief of Police in South Pasadena, California.

“Chief Miller not only brings a vast breadth of experience, but his impressive and diverse background, education and achievements make him a uniquely qualified candidate for this position,” said City Manager Jeff Tyne.  “His expertise in community policing and predictive policing as well as his proven track record of crime reduction, align precisely with the goals and priorities of our City Council.”

“The City Manager’s process for filling the important position of Police Chief, left no stone unturned,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat.  “It was thorough and inclusive of everyone in our community, from citizens to police personnel to state leadership. Chief Miller comes to us with the highest of recommendations, and his extensive expertise will be a significant asset to our growing city. I hope residents will join me in welcoming Chief Miller as he takes the reins as Peoria’s Chief of Police.”

Miller is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the U.S. Army West Point Leadership Program.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Woodbury University and an Undergraduate in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. 

In his time with LAPD, he presided as the Commanding Officer over a 300-member special operations team including units from SWAT, K-9, Horse Mounted, Underwater Dive Team, Crime Suppression and Security Detail. He also served as Commanding Officer of two large metropolitan areas of L.A. and as Officer in Charge of Internal Affairs, Reserve Officer Recruitment, Public Information Office, Detective Division and the Office of the Ombudsman.

While serving as Police Chief in South Pasadena, his proactive approach to community and predictive policing led to five consecutive years of reduced crime rates.    Pending required pre-employment exams and Council approval on Sept. 4, Mr. Miller is expected to start with Peoria on Sept. 5. 

Aug 06

Be Aware and Keep Yourself Safe from Crime

Posted on August 6, 2018 at 12:00 PM by Adam Rosen

One of the goals of your Peoria Police Department is to do everything possible to thwart criminal activity. One of the best ways to go about accomplishing this goal is to have an active, ongoing dialogue with the members of the community. To that end, I’d like to take this opportunity to pass along some tips and advice about how to keep yourself off the radar of the criminal element.

• Trust yourself and your “gut.” If something does not seem right, chances are it is not.
• Be aware of your surroundings so you can minimize temptation and/or opportunity. Previous “Tip of the Week” installments have covered items such as keeping valuables out of sight in your homes and vehicles.
• Pay attention to the people around you. People often broadcast their intentions through non- verbal cues and actions.
• Be confident and assertive. Criminals will often target people they perceive as meek or timid.

In your home:
• Keep doors, windows and gates locked whenever possible.
• Leave the exterior lights on if you’re planning to return home after dark.
• Engrave something unique on any valuables that do not have serial numbers. Keep a list of all valuables in a safe place.
• Report suspicious people and/or activity to the police. You know your neighborhood the best.

The Peoria Police Department provides a number of community resources that can help you be aware of what’s going on in your neighborhood and keep yourself a little safer. Links to some of these programs are provided below.

Crime Bulletins

Community Emergency Notification Systems (CENS)

Crime Shield