Peoria's Don't Shoot initiative is going to apply for a federal grant.
Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard says the grant, through the Justice Department, will help create a partnership with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
The grant could be for as much as $750,000 over three years.
"(The College) would send a representative from David Kennedy's team here to mentor us through the program, help us through data collection and conduct a study for us," explains Settingsgaard. "Just make sure we're on track and following the strategy correctly."
David Kennedy is author of the book "Don't Shoot."
It's a highly competitive grant. Settingsgaard says only five cities will be winners through the grant selection process.
Settingsgaard says Don't Shoot has also caught the attention of Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, who wants to meet with local officials to talk about it.
"It's kind of cool, he called us," says Settingsgaard. "He said he wants to come to Peoria to see what we're doing."
Although Durbin is not directly involved with the grant, Settingsgaard hopes Durbin's attention will help Peoria get it.