Virtual town hall addresses public health and youth resources |

The City of Peoria’s Advisory Committee on Police Community Relations held a virtual town hall at 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

The town hall focused on public health and youth resources. The meeting provided an opportunity for Peoria residents to provide ideas and feedback to the panelists.

The discussion was moderated by Shalandra Barnes Burch with the Illinois Department of Corrections, with panelists Derrick Booth with the Wraparound Resource Center at Trewyn School, Dr. Leslie McKnight, with the Peoria City-County Public Health Department, Chief of Peoria Public Schools Demario Boone, and Terry Burnside with House of Hope.

Boone discussed how they respond to student issues that start on social media.

“Officers, they will actually go to homes, they’ll talk to parents, they will mentor and counsel students, we work hand in hand with the councilors that are in the building, councilors that are under Coach Booth at wraparound, to try and diagnose solutions to those issues,” Boone said. “We have several officers who are very tech-savvy monitoring Facebook, kids are so comfortable with officers that they share Facebook or social media issues, we are able to head them off before they get into the school doors.”

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