PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The Peoria Police Department announced Friday that it has hired Keith McDaniel as the department’s community engagement coordinator.
According to a press release, McDaniel will serve as a liaison between the neighborhood groups and the police department.
It will work with other City departments and organizations to coordinate programs and services that will reduce violence, improve neighborhoods and educate the public about programs available through the police department.
McDaniel will also work with local organizations to provide community members with available resources.
He began his career as a Patrol Officer with the Peoria Police Department in June 1993. After 18 years he was promoted to Sergeant where he served on patrol before retiring in 2021.
He also worked as a Community Outreach Coordinator/Community Response Manager with Peoria Community Against Violence (PCAV) for a year.
“It is a pleasure to have Keith on our team in this newly created role of Police Community Engagement Coordinator. He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and relationships that will enable him to be operational. I have stated from the start that community engagement is a priority, it shows our commitment to it. We will now have a direct liaison between the community and the police that will allow us to take community engagement to the next level. I look forward to the new opportunities the Peoria Police Department will help facilitate, create, partner and support.
Peoria Police Chief Eric Echevarria.
Keith came to Peoria from Chicago in 1993. He graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement.