Peoria City Council to seek variety of proposals to reduce violent crime

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Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 9:07 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Minus the bitterness of previous discussions, Peoria City Council members are solidly behind a plan seeking proposals from organizations to reduce violent crime.

The city has $1.3 million in American Rescue Plan dollars budgeted this year for violence prevention, and the council on Tuesday night unanimously adopted guidelines for groups to submit proposals.

Earlier this summer, a divided council rejected spending $25,000 in federal money for a Cure Violence assessment that would have categorized gun violence as a public health threat. The Peoria City/County Health Department decided it will fund the study.

The city council favors seeking a variety of options for evidence-based programs that have been successful in other communities, said Peoria Community Development Director Joe Dulin.

“We worked very closely with our legal department, our economic development department, our police department to really put together an application that we think could lead to some long-term impact in our community of reducing violence,” Dulin told the council.

Groups submitting applications can receive anywhere $50,000 to $250,000 for implementing their violence prevention programs.

Dulin said application are due September 9.

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