As part of a new budget, the city of Peoria is hiring more police and embedding three officers in neighborhoods. Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard calls it a "very different" approach. The three officers, most likely veterans according to Settingsgaard, would get free housing, a dedicated patrol car, and a bicycle. In turn, they would be on call 24 hours a day, every day. The officers would live in the east and west bluff areas, and on the south side of Peoria, pending approval by the council of the proposed budget. In all, the budget would allow for eight new officers to be hired, the city has been cutting officers for the past three years. A hearing on Peoria's proposed budget is scheduled for next week.
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