PPD Chief of Police Todd Gavin introduced three of the six civilian security officers employed by the PPD. They were officers Parker, Reed and Starks. (Officers Scott, Johnson and Banks were on duty.) These officers are not badged officers who have undergone law enforcement training like the regular police officers employed by the PPD. They have no arrest powers but are considered influencers and observers who can diffuse difficult situations and can call for police backup if necessary. Most of them are employed by Peoria Public Schools as security officers so they are familiar with many of the young people who frequent park facilities. Gavin extolled their virtues and credited them with many positive results. All of the PPD officers will be deployed during the annual fireworks festivities at Glen Oak Park on July 3.
Rebecca Shulman, director of the Peoria Playhouse, has resigned and will be leaving June 30. Interviews are being conducted to fill that position.
Staff reports were given by the executive director, the superintendent of planning design and construction and the chief of police. Committee reports, new business items and consent items were all approved.
All trustees were present in person or via Facebook. The meeting was called to order at 6:05 and adjourned at 7:00.
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