Eric P. Echevarria was sworn in as the new Peoria Police Chief on July 30, 2021. Chief Echevarria holds a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern Illinois University and an Associate of Arts from Benedictine University. Chief Echevarria is also a Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command graduate. He is currently working on his master's degree. He is involved with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, and the Puerto Rican Police Association, among others. Chief Echevarria served as a Corporal for the United States Marine Corps. He is a former Commander for the Elgin, Illinois Police Department. In addition to his extensive experience as a Resident Officer, Chief Echevarria has also worked closely with Major Investigations, Juvenile Investigations, Gang Unit, Drug Unit, Technical Investigations, and more. He served with the Elgin Police Department from 2001 to 2021. "As an individual of Puerto-Rican and African American background, I know first-hand the types of injustice that certain communities feel and experience; it is this social cause that encourages me to keep pressing forward while treating everyone equally.”, stated Chief Echeverria. Chief Echevarria is a husband, father, and grandfather.