The Patrol Division is under the command of Commander Sarah Raymond. The division is the largest and most visible of all the Police Department’s operational units. Officers are assigned to one of four patrol teams, two daytime shifts, and two nighttime shifts and 2p-2a relief officers complement each team. Each team is supervised by a Patrol Sergeant and works a 12-hour shift to provide 24-hour services to the community.
Through the cooperation and assistance of residents, business operators, and visitors, the patrol division responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, as well as self-initiated activities and extra patrol requests. The primary responsibility of patrol officers is the prevention and investigation of all criminal and traffic related matters in the village. Personnel also help protect property and personal safety, render aid, mediate disputes, assist with civil matters, and assist other law enforcement agencies and village departments when necessary.
Many common tasks, which previously had to be done in the station, are now accomplished in the officer’s squad car, due to advances in technology. Officers can complete traffic crash and CAD reports, review in-car video, and check criminal and driver’s license history from their squads.
Some officers have specialized areas of training and serve in the following capacities:
- Financial Crimes
- Traffic Enforcement
- Overweight Truck Enforcement
- Field Training Officer
- Tactical Team Member
- Car Seat Safety Technician
- Firearms Instructors
- Taser Instructors
- Self Defense Instructors
Patrol Division Commander
Commander Sarah Raymond started her law enforcement career in June of 2004 with the Peru Police Department in Peru Illinois. In May of 2009, she was promoted to sergeant and served as a patrol sergeant until December of 2017 when she was promoted to commander. She is the Commander of the Peru Emergency Response Team that is a specially trained response team deployed for high-risk search warrants and other call outs requiring specialized tactics. She is a control tactics certified instructor and a child sex abuse forensic interviewer. She currently teaches women’s self-defense and active shooter trainings in not only the schools but in local businesses as well. Commander Raymond holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Olivet Nazarene University and is currently seeking her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in criminal justice.
Commander Raymond is the recipient of the Illinois Valley Association of Chiefs of Police Officer of the Year Award for 2008 and Medal of Valor award recipient from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police in 2008.
Commander Raymond graduated the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, class #452, in May of 2019. She was the recipient of the Franklin M. Kreml award for leadership, which is voted upon by her peers.