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Posted on: September 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Chief Eric Echevarria Provides Update to Community Regarding Anti-Violence Initiative 2023

(Peoria, IL) – On Wednesday, September 20, 2023, local law enforcement officers conducted another Directed Patrol Detail. This detail included members of the Peoria Police Department’s Special Investigations Division (SID), Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Task Force, Neighborhood Services Unit (NSU), and Illinois State Police (Troop 4) Zone 4 DCI and ISP Air Operations. There was a total of 29-plus law enforcement officers participating in this detail.
In keeping with departmental transparency, the following summarizes the results of yesterday’s efforts:
Approximately 59 vehicle stops were conducted, resulting in several citations and numerous warnings. 9 arrests were made, and illegal drugs were seized. Thirteen tickets were issued, and four vehicles were impounded. Below is a brief synopsis of major incidents during the detail.
• Griswold/Starr: At approximately 7:53 p.m. Peoria Police observed a vehicle connected to a wanted subject in the area of Krause and Griswold. Officers followed the vehicle and observed it driving over the speed limit. Police then conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver identified as 39-year-old Krista L. Coats. The driver was removed from the vehicle and detained. 
During a search of the vehicle, officers located and seized illegal drugs inside. 
Coats was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and an active warrant. 
She was transported to the Peoria County Jail. Incident # 23-18126
• Additional Information: There were 2 Shot Spotter alerts during the detail.
(SID) In addition to this detail, SID officers conducted covert operations associated with ongoing investigations involving known violent offenders.
(CID) - Detectives conducted follow-ups involving active violent cases.
Message from Chief Echevarria:
“As I have stated before, whether it’s one arrest or several arrests made, our police officers are dedicated to removing illegal weapons and illegal drugs off the streets of Peoria. Last night’s arrest was a win for the Peoria Police Department, and our fight to 
stop the production and distribution of illegal drugs.”

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