This Support Services Division oversees several key sections of the Police Department, including Community Services, Special Events, and Crime Prevention, Sex Offender Registration Program and Internal Affairs.
The Support Services Division under the direction of the Deputy Chief of Police Robert Pyszka and consists of:
One Records Clerk (civilian) one Community Service Officer (civilian), one custodian (civilian) and 10 School Crossing Guards.
The Community Service Officer Program is new to northcentral Illinois and was introduced in 2018 to our police department. The program has proved to be very valuable, cost effective and has brought a new and higher level of service to our community. This full time civilian position supplements the work of sworn police officers and works in concert with other city departments and initiatives.
The City of Peru Police Crime Prevention Program consists of many of the crime prevention programs and activities designed to reduce the chances that citizens and businesses become victims of crime. It includes the following programs: Citizen Police Academy, Elder services, Police Department Tours, and Ride along Program. Our Crime Prevention Team is dedicated to helping citizens of all ages practice good habits for the safety of themselves and their property.
We also offer customized presentations at our local schools, day care centers, and various other businesses. Call us if you are interested in having a police officer speak to your business or group.
The Sex Offender Registration Program is aggressively monitored and controlled. This has led to several arrests of Peru sex offenders for non-compliance, and with the implementation of new and improved State laws, each offender is now required to register up to four times per year.
Police station tours are available to school groups, scouting organizations, and other local organizations. We provide a personalized, interactive tour of the facility and hand out giveaways such as badges, pencils, or coloring books to the kids.
Home Security Surveys includes touring the resident's property, checking windows, doors, locks, and lighting. We offer tips to make the home safer and to reduce the risk of crime happening at their home.
Support Services Division Commander and Departments second in Command
The Support Services Division is under the command of Deputy Chief Pyszka who is also the second in command for the police department. He joined the Peru Police Department in October of 1990 now having served the City of Peru for nearly 3 decades. He first served as a patrol officer for eleven years. During that time he was assigned several additional duties including field training officer, abandoned vehicle officer, sex offender liaison officer, bike patrol officer and at various times as officer in charge. In November of 2001, he was chosen for a position in the Criminal Investigations Division. During his time in investigations, he was the court liaison officer, evidence custodian, crime scene technician, and lead Fraternal Order of Police liaison. While serving the City of Peru as an investigator, two of the largest burglaries occurred in LaSalle County history. Both cases were solved after a lengthy investigation.
On January 1, 2007 then recently appointed Police Chief Douglas Bernabei named Robert Pyszka as the first Deputy Chief of Police in Peru police department history. During the twelve-year tenure as Deputy Chief of Police, he has at various times supervised the Detective Division, Dispatch Center, Patrol Division, and now currently the Support Services Division. The Deputy Chief of Police is currently responsible many duties some of which include technology in the department, training component, grant writing, and coordinating all community events and scheduling.
Deputy Chief Pyszka is a graduate of Illinois Valley Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He has also graduated from the University of Illinois Police Training Institute and has earned a certificate from the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, which was sponsored through Western Illinois University.
He has been married to his wife, Lori, for twenty-six years and they have two adult children. In addition to spending time with his family, Bob enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing, golfing, and motorcycle riding.