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Local police stations serve as warming stations in cold weather

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As the temperatures continue to drop, it is important to know how and where to stay safe. 

Warming shelters are places for people to visit and protect themselves from the freezing temperatures. 

The Peoria Police Department lobby is open for visitors to come and go as they need.

The police department does not provide food or sleeping shelters, but they do offer public restrooms.

The local Salvation Army serves lunch and dinner daily.

They also have a night time homeless shelter for overnight lodging.

"For us, it's typically come in, get warm, some people charge their phones while they're sitting in there," said Officer Amy Dotson from the Peoria Police Department.

"If you have to stay a half and hour or two hours, whatever it may be to get you to feel comfortable to continue going on to where you're headed for the night," she said.

"It doesn't have to be cold, and it doesn't have to be super hot in the summer," said Major Jesse Collins from the Salvation Army.

"They are welcome to come into our drop in center any time and just enjoy the fellowship and the warmth."

The Peoria Police lobby and the Salvation Army are open 24/7, 365 days a year.

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