Chief James PeschongChief from 2011 - 2016
Chief Jim Peschong was hired with the Lincoln Police Department in January 1975 after serving in the U.S. Army. He worked as a cruiser officer, a motor officer, a detective, and served as a lieutenant and a captain in the Criminal Investigations Unit. He was also a team captain on the Southwest and the Northwest/Center Teams before his promotion to assistant chief under Chief Tom Casady.
Peschong was very active both inside and outside of the police department. He represented the Norris School Board beginning in 1990 and was board president from 1993-1995. He served on the Norris Educational Foundation Board, AFIS Advisory Board, and Project Safe Neighborhoods State Board of Directors, People's Choice Credit Union Board of Directors and several community boards and committees. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy #196 and Central States L.E.E.D.S., a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and served as President on the Police Officer's Association of Nebraska Board of Directors. Chief Peschong was also a member of Police Chief's Association of Nebraska (PCAN).
Under Chief Peschong, the Lincoln Police Department reinstated several teams of two officer cruisers, a practice left behind in the mid 1970's. Peschong noted that the change was a result of new technologies, officer safety and higher gas prices. Peschong also focused on reducing teen drinking, and combatting gangs and violent crimes in our community. Overall, there was a steady decrease in violent crime numbers as Peschong strived to make Lincoln a safer city.
Chief Peschong continued to move the Lincoln Police Department forward in the area of technology - adding in-car cameras, digital crime scene evidence collection, a high-tech mobile command post, and digital training systems.