Improving communication was the focus of a Saturday meeting between Peoria Police Officers and the Advisory Committee on Police-Community Relations.
Their role is to help residents who have an issue or concern after filing a formal complaint with police. The committee members are appointed by the mayor and approved by city council.
In 2020 a major goal for their committee is to better promote their mission.
While they cannot overturn a decision made by police, a member explains, they can advocate on a person's behalf or bring forth a recommendation that could help them in the long run.
"We are looking to really engage our community and engage our police department as a whole. We feel that there's, in some areas, a gap and we want to bridge that gap and do what we can do as a commission to bring our community together as one." said Annette Begner, the committee representative for the fifth district
The group said they will host more public meetings across Peoria, giving residents more access and opportunities to voice their opinions and concerns.
Editorial Note: This report originally implied the committee was part of the Peoria Police Department. They are not a part of the police department, but a separate entity. This article has been updated to clarify that.