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Road Closure Notice-Wenzel Road

     24th Street/Wenzel Road will be closed for a few months to accommodate construction improvements. The road will be closed from Chartres Street in La Salle to the east of Faith Church in Peru, where Wenzel Road becomes a three-lane road. Faith Church, 800 Wenzel Road, will remain open to traffic. The exact length of time the street will remain closed will be weather dependent during construction.

The Peru Police Department is the largest Municipal law enforcement agency in the immediate Illinois Valley area and the second largest in northcentral, Illinois.

About the City of Peru

Peru Nighttime Population: 9,896

Peru daytime population draw: Retail, commercial and industrial hub serving population base of approximately 150,000

Peru Physical Size: total area of 9.068 square miles of which 8.96 square miles (or 98.81%) is land and 0.108 square miles (or 1.19%) is water

Population of LaSalle, Bureau, and Putnam Counties: 150,000/ Illinois State Population: 12.74 million

About the Department

Sworn Officers – 24

Civilian Employees -13

Fast Stats:

Over 30,000 calls for service and officer initiated activities annually

85 calls for service a day

3.5 Per hour every hour of every day

Primary Duties of the Department

  • Foot, car, and bike patrols.
  • Traffic Enforcement.
  • Parking Enforcement.
  • PERT/SWAT.
  • K9 Unit.

Sworn Officer Rank Structure

Policing involves a chain-of-command, with sworn officers of higher rank giving direction to those working under them as follows

  • Chief of Police
  • Deputy Chief
  • Lieutenant
  • Commander
  • Sergeant
  • Officers and Detectives