For her trailblazing in the community as the first female Peoria Police Department motor cop, Sarah Trieu has been named a 2023 Peoria Independent Hometown Hero.
The Hometown Heroes Awards are a celebration of individuals who live or work in the city, and Peoria businesses for their achievements and distinguished contributions to the community and beyond.
Trieu will be honored at an awards luncheon in February.
Get to know Trieu here.
Where did you grow up?: I was born in Los Angeles and moved back and forth from Arizona to California quite a bit up until I was about 8 or 9 years old because my family owned a seafood market. My family eventually settled in Glendale, Arizona where I spent the majority of my life growing up. I always passed through Peoria growing up, although I admittedly never realized it was Peoria.
Did you always want to be a police officer?: Truthfully, I had no intention to ever pursue law enforcement but I always had a calling to serve.
How did you get involved with the Peoria Department and what is your previous experience?: I had no previous law enforcement experience or any really since I was so young. I started the academy at 20.5 years old and turned 21 in the academy. I am grateful that the Peoria Police Department took a leap of faith in selecting me to be a part of the department and giving me the opportunity to be a part of something greater than myself.
What do you like most about being a motor cop?: My favorite thing is being on the motorcycle. It’s an incredibly freeing experience that only motorcyclists understand. I also love the ability to be so quick and mobile, which allows me to catch up to violators swiftly. I also love seeing the look on citizens’ faces when they see my pony tail sticking out of my helmet because they’re surprised to see a female motor officer.
What do you like most about working in Peoria?: Peoria’s community has an overwhelming support for law enforcement. At times, law enforcement is seen in a negative light but our community has continuously reminded me that my efforts serving the community don’t go unappreciated. I often feel emotional when a citizen comes up to me and thanks me for my service. These moments reinforce why I love working for this city. The Peoria Police Department has also become a second family to me. I have developed relationships with coworkers that I believe will last a lifetime. I come to work every day and can say that I love this profession, my colleagues, my department and my city.
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