Adult Community Programs

Peoria County offers free community programs through Illinois Central College (ICC). Register for a program by calling 309-690-6900 or visiting ICC's website and select "Know Your Community" from the workshop catalog. All classes are held at ICC North unless otherwise indicated.

Illinois Central College
North Campus - Hickory Hall
5407 N University Street

These classes are free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.


Peoria County Coroner's Office Tour

  • May 8, July 24, and September 11, 2018
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: Jamie Harwood, Coroner
  • Location: Peoria County Coroner's Office
    506 E Seneca Pl
    Peoria, IL 61603

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.

Protect Yourself with Self Defense Techniques

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Instructor: Lt. Joe Hartwig
  • Location: ICC North

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

Personal Safety - Don't Become a Victim

  • Monday, June 4, 2018
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: Aimee Shinall, Peoria County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services Coordinator
  • Location: ICC North

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.

Protecting Our Animals Tour

  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • 6 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Peoria County Animal Protection Services (PCAPS/PAWS)

This workshop is perfect for animal lovers. Learn how you can help abandoned, neglected, or abused animals in our own community. The director of Peoria County's Animal Protection Services will describe volunteer opportunities, explain animal control laws, and discuss such issues as overpopulation and inhumane care. Then take a guided tour of the animal shelter and meet four-legged friends available for adoption or currently receiving care, including dogs, cats, and small or unusual animals. Most importantly, learn how you can help ensure all animals get the loving care they deserve.

Situation Awareness - A Life Safety Skill

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • 6 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: Captain Doug Gaa, Peoria County Sheriff’s Office
  • Location: ICC North

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.  

Inside the Peoria County Sheriff's Office

  • Monday, October 29, 2018
  • 6 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: Sheriff Brian Asbell
  • Location: Peoria County Jail, 201 N Maxwell Rd, Peoria

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.