Demario Boone - Director of School Safety
Chief Boone was promoted to the rank of Chief on July 1, 2016 after serving as a Peoria Public Schools Resource Officer since 2005. Chief Boone Manages the day to day operations with the Peoria Public Schools’ School Safety Department. He is charged with creating a safe and positive school environment that promotes educational growth and development.
Chief Boone started his law enforcement career with the Peoria Police Department in 2004. He patrolled the very streets that he grew up on in Peoria. Seeing a need for a more influential role in community service and development, Chief Boone joined the Peoria Public Schools Campus Police Department in 2005. As an officer for Peoria Public Schools, Chief Boone took strong initiatives in community service, mentoring, being a keynote speaker, and founded the Peoria Public Schools Gang Intervention Unit in 2014. He was honored for his service becoming Officer of the Year in 2008 and as one of the “Heroes Behind the Badge” in 2016. He is also a recipient of the 2019 class of Peoria's 40 Leaders Under 40 Award.
Chief Boone was proudly born and raised on Peoria’s South side. His roots helped shape the approach he has to law enforcement and community engagement. While growing up, he went to Peoria Public Schools attending Blaine Sumner Middle School and Manual High School. He attended Illinois Central College before graduating the University of Illinois Police Training Academy (Class BLE2272).
He enjoys spending time with his family, movies, and community engagement. He is very proud that his children attend where he serves, Peoria Public Schools.Chief Boone applies Frederick Douglass’ statement, “It is easier to build strong children, than to repair broken men” to his path serving Peoria Public Schools.Richard Gould - Assistant Director of School Safety
Captain Gould was promoted to the rank of Captain on July 1, 2012 after serving as a School Resource Sergeant since 2008. Captain Gould assists Chief Boone in the day to day supervision of Peoria Public Schools’ 22 dedicated Officers, Sergeants, and Lieutenants. His duties include overtime scheduling, daily departmental staffing logistics, crossing guard supervision, departmental policy revisions, School Safety program development, departmental training and certification compliance, internal investigations, and many other various tasks.
Captain Gould started his career for Peoria Public Schools in June of 1998. He has proudly served as an Officer at Woodruff High School, Roosevelt Magnet School, Richwoods High School. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2008 and served in that role for Peoria High and Manual Academy, in addition to numerous other assignments.
Prior to that, he served at the Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino as a security lead officer/supervisor. He has worked for several years the cities of Chillicothe and Wyoming, IL as a part-time patrolman. Captain Gould attended North Central College in Naperville, IL, and Illinois Central College in East Peoria, IL. He has over 24 years of law enforcement experience.He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and four children, and enjoys watching his kids participate in their various extracurricular activities. He also occasionally officiates youth football, basketball, baseball, and softball games.