The Community First program offers police officer recruits the opportunity to serve the City of Peoria as Code Enforcement Aides where they will work with residents, familiarize themselves with our neighborhoods, and meet the community.
For ten weeks, the Community First crew will learn about the social service agencies and nonprofit partners who work in the region providing resources to our residents.
MEET THE COMMUNITY FIRST CREW
Cody was originally born and raised in the Champaign-Urbana area and grew up in the small town of St. Joseph, IL. His family relocated to Peoria in 2016, and he attended Illinois Central College where he studied Criminal Justice. In 2018, he started working as a Security Officer for Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino where he learned firsthand the importance of developing basic relationships with the community .
He is passionate about building basic fundamental relationships with the citizens that he will serve. From his experience working as a Security Officer as well as his education, he believes it is very difficult to be successful at his future position if the community does not have trust or faith in the police.
Demetrius has four years of experience working as a correctional officer in a maximum-security prison. This role encompassed all aspects of daily offender supervision in work programs and during meals or leisure activities, as well as transport and restraint in accordance with the offender’s security and assault risk status. He is currently re-enrolling back into college to pursue a higher education degree.
One area that he is passionate about is self-development and self-improvement in his personal life and professional life as well. He says he is always looking to challenge himself and learn new things. That’s one reason he enjoys working in law enforcement.
He is a recent graduate from Western Illinois University and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. He moved to the U.S. when he was 8 years old and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Terry was born and raised in Pekin, Illinois. He graduated from ICC with an Associate’s Degree in Science. He is also in the Army National Guard. He is passionate about becoming a better person and optimizing his efficiency in all aspects of life. He mentioned this mainly began with fitness and working out but has grown into setting goals and working hard to reach them.
FOLLOW THE COMMUNITY FIRST CREW
Jane Genzel from Peoria Opportunities Foundation gave a presentation on developing affordable housing in the East Bluff neighborhood.