PEORIA (WEEK) – It’s no secret who Peoria Police officers will be rooting for when Peoria High School’s football team takes the field Friday against Normal Community High School.
The Lions will receive a police escort to Peoria Stadium, and officers will be on hand to cheer for the home team.
The police department did something similar with Peoria High a couple of years ago.
Police Chief Eric Echevarria said this time it’s especially important for officers to show their support following large fights at the school two weeks ago.
It’s chance to celebrate and honor the young athletes, Echevarria said.
“This is a time to help the kids that are there who want to learn and want to be at the school and are on the football team,” the chief said.
Peoria High head football coach Tim Thornton said this is a great way for the team to send the community a positive message.
“It’s an opportunity for us to be leaders in the community and show how that relationship can exist, and to destroy some of the negativity that exists around it and kind of model that positive relationship,” Coach Thornton said.
The last time police and PHS teamed up in 2019, the Lions wore police-themed uniforms, and they plan to do that again Friday night.
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