Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy announces re-election bid

By Marshanna Hester

Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy announces re-election bid

June 5, 2013 Updated Jun 6, 2013 at 11:53 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy wants to keep his position for four more years.

Wednesday night, McCoy announced his 2014 re-election bid. Family and friends, as well as city and state leaders joined him in support.

McCoy says crime has decreased more than five percent over the last four years.

He wants to continue that trend, but said challenges are ahead. One of those challenges is jail over-population.

"You know we have people on the floor today, but we're working hard to see that we can put programs in place," McCoy said. "Working with judges at the courthouse, working with Jerry Brady, the state's attorney, to try to do things different with some charges to get the jail census down."

McCoy said the budget will determine if those programs happen. He said an investment that is paying off is the "Don't Shoot" initiative.

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