Learn with the County  - Adult Community Programs

Peoria County Government is pleased to offer “Learn with the County” educational classes taking place at area libraries, ICC North, and County facilities. Peoria County employs experts in fields such as law enforcement, emergency preparedness, death investigation, recycling and resource conservation, the tax cycle, and the election process. Staff members will share their knowledge with residents through these free community classes, and participants will have the chance to ask questions and participate in some instances.

Classes are for ages 18 and older. All classes are from 6-8 pm unless otherwise indicated.

These classes are free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For programs held at a library or at a County office, please complete the online form at https://goo.gl/forms/kW8sj3dqbE7jQS8p1. For classes at ICC, you must register through ICC by calling (309) 690-6900 or by visiting ICC's website and select "Know Your Community" from the workshop catalog. 

Questions? Call Gretchen Pearsall, Peoria County Director of Strategic Communications, at (309) 672-6918 or email gpearsall@peoriacounty.org.


Programs

Situation Awareness - A Life Safety Skill

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • ICC North - register through ICC
    Illinois Central College
    North Campus - Hickory Hall
    5407 N University Street
  • Instructor: Captain Doug Gaa, Peoria County Sheriff’s Office

Simply stated, situation awareness is being more aware of your surrounding and having the ability to make assessments based on what you notice. Often we go about our day – shopping, doctor’s office, school, work – without paying much attention to things around us. Situation awareness is a developed skill that can make you more attuned to your environment, such as the people you are passing, the infrastructure you’re near, and the objects around you. This allows a person to help recognize when something is “off” or a threat.  Join Captain Gaa as he walks through situation awareness as it applies to home, public places, suspicious behaviors, suspicious items, awareness of points of entry and exit, and available options when facing an issue of concern.  

Are You Prepared?

  • September 24, 2018
  • Alpha Park Library (Bartonville)
    3527 S Airport Rd, Peoria, IL 61607
  • Instructor: Jason Marks, Emergency Preparedness Department
  • Register through Peoria County

We do not know when or where the next disaster will strike, but we do know we want to be able to keep ourselves and our family safe when it does. During this workshop, Peoria County's emergency management experts will how explain how to plan for and protect your family's safety by developing a family emergency plan, identifying points of contact, and creating an emergency preparedness kit before disaster strikes again.

Situation Awareness - A Life Safety Skill

  • October 2, 2018
  • Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch
    1312 W Lincoln Ave, Peoria, IL 61605
  • Instructor: Captain Doug Gaa, Peoria County Sheriff’s Office
  • Register through Peoria County

Simply stated, situation awareness is being more aware of your surrounding and having the ability to make assessments based on what you notice. Often we go about our day – shopping, doctor’s office, school, work – without paying much attention to things around us. Situation awareness is a developed skill that can make you more attuned to your environment, such as the people you are passing, the infrastructure you’re near, and the objects around you. This allows a person to help recognize when something is “off” or a threat.  Join Captain Gaa as he walks through situation awareness as it applies to home, public places, suspicious behaviors, suspicious items, awareness of points of entry and exit, and available options when facing an issue of concern.  

Protect Yourself with Self Defense Techniques

  • October 9, 2018
  • Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch
    1312 W Lincoln Ave, Peoria, IL 61605
  • Instructor: Lt. Joe Hartwig, Peoria County Sheriff's Office
  • Register through Peoria County

Learn how to protect yourself if attacked. Peoria County Sheriff's personnel will describe and demonstrate self-defense techniques that may save your life. Participants will have an opportunity to practice self-defense techniques in a controlled environment.

Peoria County Coroner's Office Tour

  • October 9, 2018
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: Jamie Harwood, Coroner
  • Location: Peoria County Coroner's Office
    506 E Seneca Pl, Peoria, IL 61603
  • Register through Peoria County

Modern television crime shows have drawn more attention to the coroner's role in determining cause of death and homicide investigations. A coroner investigates sudden, unusual, and traumatic deaths, and ensures the deceased's body is examined, identified, and, if necessary, autopsied. In cases of unnatural or questionable death, the coroner conducts an inquest to determine the manner of death. For those interested in meeting a coroner and learning more about their real-life responsibilities, attend this tour of the Peoria County Coroner's Office.

Personal Safety: Don't Become a Victim

  • October 15, 2018
  • Alpha Park Library (Bartonville)
    3527 S Airport Rd, Peoria, IL 61607
  • Instructor: Aimee Shinall, Peoria County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services Coordinator
  • Register through Peoria County

The Peoria County Sheriff's Victims Services Coordinator will provide important information to help keep you and your family safe. She will explain how people can protect themselves against identity theft and how to avoid falling victim to common scams. She will explain how to recognize, avoid, and escape abusive behaviors. People attending this workshop will also learn how to protect themselves and their property from residential burglary. These are just a few of the items covered during this great workshop intended for anyone who does not want to become a victim.

Sustainability for the Entire Community

Peoria County is a leader in sustainability, to the benefit of all residents and visitors in our region. The County's Recycling Educator will describe local government efforts to conserve resources and preserve our environment for future generations. Participants in this workshop will learn specific actions they can do at home and work to improve economic, environmental, and social sustainability.

Protect Yourself with Self Defense Techniques

  • October 24, 2018
  • Alpha Park Library (Bartonville)
    3527 S Airport Rd, Peoria, IL 61607
  • Instructor: Lt. Joe Hartwig, Peoria County Sheriff's Office
  • Register through Peoria County

Learn how to protect yourself if attacked. Peoria County Sheriff's personnel will describe and demonstrate self-defense techniques that may save your life. Participants will have an opportunity to practice self-defense techniques in a controlled environment.

Inside the Peoria County Sheriff's Office

  • Monday, October 29, 2018
  • Instructor: Sheriff Brian Asbell
  • Location: Peoria County Jail, 201 N Maxwell Rd, Peoria
  • Register through ICC or call 672-6918

Join Sheriff Brian Asbell for dinner and a tour of the Peoria County Jail. Sheriff Asbell will explain his public safety responsibilities for Peoria County by describing how patrol deputies, corrections staff, and courthouse security officers help serve and protect our community. During dinner and the tour afterwards, you'll be able to have all your public safety questions answered by those who keep us safe.