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Doug Burgess

Doug Burgess is a 21-year law enforcement veteran, currently in his 18th year with the Peoria IL Police Department.  Previously he served 3 years with the Knox County TN Sheriff’s Office.  He began as a corrections officer at the Knox County Detention Facility, was certified through the Knox County Sheriff’s Academy, and was assigned to the Sheriff’s Task Force in 1999.  In 2001, Doug made the move closer to home taking a position with the Peoria Police Department.  In his 18 years with Peoria, Officer Burgess has worked in patrol, the Vice and Narcotics Unit, the Problem Oriented Policing Unit, the Street Crimes Unit, the Nuisance Abatement Unit, and has served as the department’s spokesperson.

Doug was named to the Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.) while in Tennessee and then to the Hostage Negotiation Team with Peoria PD in 2005.  With a passion for problem solving, he uses those skills as a negotiator while also serving as the President of the Illinois Crisis Negotiators Association and sitting on the National Council of Negotiation Associations.  Doug is a certified CIT officer and has recently become a member of the statewide CIT instructor cadre.

He has appeared on Fox News as a hostage negotiations analyst, and completed the FBI 40-hour Hostage Negotiations course.  He also completed Phase III Hostage Negotiations and Crisis Intervention Certification.  Doug was named Crime Stoppers Coordinator of the Year in 2008 and again in 2014.  He conducts training on various topics throughout his community.