PEORIA, Ill. -- The East Bluff is now home to Peoria's Second Residential Police Officer.
On Wednesday, Officer Carey Hightower moved into an apartment in the East Bluff neighborhood under the Peoria Police Department's Residential Program.
The program has officers living and working in crime-prone parts of the city.
Officer Hightower said when he first heard about the program he was skeptical, but he now realizes its potential.
"I did it for one, the community and two, for the police department this is a great opportunity as someone can come and work actually in an area and be a part of the neighborhood, be part of that area and help people out in just the smallest ways, just talking to them,” Hightower said.
Officer Ryan Winkle was the first officer to participate in the program. He currently lives in a home in the West Bluff.
Peoria Police hope to have more officers participate in the future.