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**Road Closure-N. Peoria Street**

Beginning Monday, April 13, 2020 North Peoria Street will be closed from the south side of 26th Street to south of Midtown Road beginning Monday, April 13th. This section of road will be fully closed until further notice for the reconstruction of North Peoria Street. There is no through traffic in the residential districts. We encourage those traveling in the area to use Route 251 to access the north business district.

John Atkins started his law enforcement career in 1997 by graduating the basic law enforcement academy at the Community College of Aurora in Colorado.

In 1998, he became a patrol officer at Lakeside PD and was the recipient of the 1999 Lakeside PD officer of the year.

In 2000, he was hired at the Fort Lupton Police Department and worked as a Patrol Officer, FTO, Detective, and Corporal. He was the recipient of 2001 Fort Lupton officer of the year award.

In August 2002, he joined the Peru Police Department and served as a patrol officer, FTO, undercover narcotic agent with ISP and Trident, and is currently assigned to the investigations unit as a Detective. He is a master firearms instructor and master control tactics instructor, Spanish-speaking officer, and teaches women’s self-defense. In 2003, he was awarded the Illinois law enforcement medal of honor. He is obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in fire investigations, and has over 1000 hours of continuing education/training.