The Detective Division under the command of Detective Sergeant Dennis Hocking and includes multiple functions that complement not only each other, but also serve to complement, assist, and support the Patrol Division of the Department. The units within the Division include the following:

  • Detective Sergeant
  • General Assignment Detective
  • Special Investigations Unit Detective
  • Inventory/Evidence/Property Custodians/Patrol support

In addition to normal tasks and caseloads assigned to the Detectives, each is assigned an alternate specialty in the area of criminal investigations. These specialties include Criminal Intelligence, Computer Crimes, and Child Exploitation/Pornography.

The Evidence/Property Custodian function is a multi-facetted one; the responsibility for maintaining integrity of all found items or submitted evidence is combined with the coordination of future investigative, crime lab submission or court related needs. Given all variables involved, we continually strive in advance to be prepared to deal with an unlimited array of items.

Detective Division Commander

Detective Sergeant Dennis Hocking started his law enforcement career in September 1997, with the Peru Police Department in Peru, IL.

  • In March 2000, he was assigned to the Illinois State Police Zone 3 Drug Task Force serving as an undercover narcotic detective until March 2002.
  • In January 2007, he was assigned to the position of general case detective in the Investigations division.
  • In June 2009, he was promoted to Sergeant and served as a shift supervisor in the patrol division.
  • In April 2011, he was named as the Detective Sergeant where he currently serves as the commander of that division.

Detective Sergeant Hocking is also the department’s tobacco compliance liaison, a child sex abuse forensic interviewer, and past member of the Peru Emergency Response Team.

Detective Sergeant Hocking holds an Associate’s degree in criminal justice from Illinois Valley Community College and has attended over 1000 hours of continuing law enforcement education during his career.