Qualified firefighters will serve as peace officers

By Audrey Wise

Qualified firefighters will serve as peace officers

February 12, 2014 Updated Feb 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- The Peoria City Council approved a new classification for firefighters to serve as peace officers.

Both fire and police chiefs worked together to support this measure.

The peace officer classification will allow firefighters to investigate arsons, while lifting some of the burden from police officers.

Those with the classification will undergo training that gives them more investigative interview skills.

The measure was passed unanimously by the council.