Peoria has recorded 20 homicides so far in 2022, four fewer than this time last year. But six of this year’s homicides occurred in the last two months, including three over a nine-day span in late September.
In their latest monthly conversation, WCBU reporter Joe Deacon talks with Mayor Rita Ali about whether she’s concerned by a recent spike in violent crime, last week’s fatal shooting involving Peoria police officers, the possibility of amending the city’s policy on cannabis dispensaries, and more.
The conversation has been lightly edited for brevity and clarity.
We’ve talked in the past about the effectiveness of the police department’s anti violence approach this year compared to last year. But it seems there has been an uptick in violent crime in recent weeks. Are you concerned that the initial success of the new approach has started to wear off?
Mayor Rita Ali: No, I’m not concerned. We’re receiving more tips with Tip-411, and they’re growing and growing exponentially. The tips lead to arrests, and what I think you have to acknowledge is that we’re arresting more people that are responsible for homicides and shootings in Peoria. Our arrest rate, our — there’s another name for it, but our rate for