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The Rockford Police Department is under the command of Chief Chet Epperson and has an authorized strength of 290 sworn officers.

 

 

 

 

RPD BANNER 2014

 

 

 

VISION STATEMENT:

A City free from crime and public disorder

 

MISSION STATEMENT: 

The members of the Rockford Police Department are committed to reducing crime and enhancing the quality of life through an active partnership with our community.

  

VALUES: 

 

INTEGRITY: We are committed to be ethical, honest, and sincere in all relationships.

 

RESPECT: We serve our citizens and team members in an open, courteous, and respectful manner.

 

PROFESSIONALISM: We ensure the proper, lawful, and unbiased application of police powers.

 

SERVICE: We are dedicated, responsive and accountable to each other and the community we serve. Service is exemplified through innovative teamwork aimed at problem-solving, creativity, and community policing initiatives such as district policing.

 

COURAGE: We recognize the dangers inherent in our profession and are willing to place the safety of others above that of our own. We readily confront all challenges with the mind-set of never giving up.

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ORGANIZATION OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT   

 

The Police Department is comprised of three bureaus and the Office of Professional Standards. The three bureaus as well as the Office of Professional Standards are headed by a member of the Command Staff.

 

 

Command Staff

Organizational Chart

 

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 NAV2

Nuisance Abatement Vehicle

 

The Rockford Police Department, continuing its successful community policing initiative, has recently retrofitted its old armored vehicle into an unmanned reconnaissance vehicle. The Nuisance Abatement Vehicle (NAV) is a non-traditional resource equipped with digital video surveillance cameras. It will be deployed to high crime areas and is intended to instill a strong police presence that will deter criminal activity and restore a higher quality of life.

 

Following information from best practices of police departments nationwide, Investigator Matthew Krantz and Information Service Specialist Darrell Erdman researched, planned, and implemented the project to bring this crime-fighting tool to Rockford. 

 

Current Location - Not Deployed

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Citizens Police Academy2

 

CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY


September 16, —October 28, 2015

 

Are you interested in learning more about the Rockford Police Department?
Then the Citizens Police Academy is the course for you!
The Rockford Police officers and personnel from various divisions will present problem-solving strategies for non-police officers to learn more about the police department and criminal justice system.

 

Classes include:

  • Organization Structure of the Rockford Police Department
  • Community Policing
  • Patrol Operations
  • States Attorney
  • Gang unit/ Criminal Law
  • City Ordinances
  • Seasonal crime/scams/ID theft
  • Neighborhood network/Watch groups

 

T h i s i s a F R E E C o u r s e !

 

This is a 8 week course on Wednesdays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Classes meet at the Rockford Police Department

 

Click HERE to view the Flier

 

Click HERE to view an Application

 

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BJA

 

Governing Body/Public Comment Narrative

Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant

City of Rockford/Winnebago County Joint Application 2015

 

Agreement

On June 22nd, 2015, the County and the City agreed upon an MOU.  Both parties took their information to present to their governing body.  Governing bodies (City Council and County Board) were consulted and notified that JAG information would be forthcoming.

 

CountyBoard Comment

A Resolution will be presented July 15th to the Public Safety Committee to show that an intergovernmental agreement will be entered into to share the funds with the City of Rockford.  On July 23, 2015 the Resolution also will be sent to the Board.  Any questions or concerns are addressed at the Board meeting.

 

City Council Comment 

On July 13th, 2015, each member of the City of Rockford Council was provided with a copy of the JAG application, budget, and memo stating the agreement that was reached with Winnebago County.  The intergovernmental agreement with Winnebago County was announced during the City Council Meeting on July 20th.  Any questions and comments were directed to the Police Department.

 

Website

On June 24, 2015 a link was added to the City of Rockford website with copies of the memo and grant budget for the public to view.  Contact information was listed here also so citizens could make comments or ask questions on the information.  The link read . . .

 

“The Rockford Police Department in conjunction with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office will be applying for funding through the Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.  The Rockford Police Department and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office will be requesting funds to enhance law enforcement efforts.  Please see attached memo for details.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Marcus Chapple at 815.987.8055 or by email at marcus.chapple@rockfordil.gov

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 COMPSTAT

The next Rockford Police Department COMPSTAT meeting is scheduled for Wednesday June 10th at 2:00 pm at RMAP, 315 N. Main Street, Rockford IL. 61101

 

Click HERE for more information

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Jr . Acad Copy

 

JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMYS

 

WEST

 

DATE:                  June 22nd – June 26th, 2015 (Monday-Friday)

TIME:                  12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

LOCATION:          Second Congregational United Church

                            318 North Church St.

                            Rockford, IL 61101

AGE:                    13-17 years old

COST:                  FREE!

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

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EAST

 

DATE:                July 20th – 24th, 2015 (Monday-Friday)

TIME:                 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

LOCATION:        Heartland Community Church

                          1280 S. Alpine Rd. 

                          Rockford, IL 61108

AGE:                  13-17 years old

COST:                 FREE!

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

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 Youth Acad

 

YOUTH POLICE ACADEMYS

 

WEST

 

DATE:              July 6th – 10th, 2015 (Monday – Friday)

TIME:               12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

LOCATION:      Kennedy Middle School

                        520 N. Pierpont Ave.

                        Rockford, Il 61101

AGE:                13 – 17 years old

COST:              FREE!        

FOOD:             DINNER AND SNACKS PROVIDED!

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

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EAST

 

DATE:               August 3rd – 7th, 2015 (Monday – Friday)

TIME:                12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

LOCATION:       Eisenhower Middle School

                         3525 Spring Creek Rd in Rockford, IL 61107

AGE:                 13 – 17 years old

COST:                FREE!        

FOOD:               DINNER AND SNACKS PROVIDED!

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

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Safety Camp Logo

 

SAFETY CAMPS

 

WEST

 

Date:               August 11th and 12th, 2015 (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Time:               11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location:         New Zion Missionary Baptist Church

                        604 Salter Ave.

                        Rockford, IL. 61102

Age:                 Students entering the 4th and 5th grade

Cost:                FREE! Lunch will be provided.

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

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EAST

 

Date:               August 13th and 14th, 2015 (Thursday and Friday)

Time:               11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location:         Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

                        3300 Rural St.

                        Rockford, IL. 61107

Age:                 Students entering the 4th and 5th grade

Cost:                FREE! Lunch will be provided.

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION 

 

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 VCTF For Web

The Winnebago County Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF) strives to reduce violent crime in Rockford and throughout Winnebago County through an intelligence-based policing approach that prioritizes and coordinates VCTF efforts based on a continuous review of shared data and coordinated and collaborative investigation, enforcement, and prosecution. The VCTF strategy will focus the efforts of multi-jurisdictional teams around the highest risk offenders, highest risk locations, and highest risk behaviors in Winnebago County.

 

The VCTF will be driven by collaboration and develop strategies, tactics and analysis designed to achieve continuous violent crime reduction by effectively utilizing existing federal, state, and local law enforcement resources and coordinating where helpful and appropriate with other violent crime reduction efforts such as local prisoner reentry efforts and domestic violence reduction efforts.

 

The VCTF operations consist of the following areas: Investigative, Street Crimes, Intelligence, and Prosecutorial.

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  PPD

Geographic Policing Initiative

 

In late 2009, the Rockford Police Department initiated a project to develop the framework for moving the Department from a centralized, functional organization to a decentralized, multiple district structure. It was envisioned that functional areas such as patrol, traffic, investigations, etc. would be integrated under a single command in each district. The approach envisioned taking an area of the City, establish a police station in that area, and provide police-related services in that district with staff operating from that police station. The intent of this scaled approach was to provide a means to experiment, test, and evaluate operating as a decentralized, district policing department.

 

Click HERE to view more information

 

 PPD Cover

 

Click above to view the Rockford Police  Pilot Police District - Recommendations for Implementation

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How to report your experience with the Rockford Police Department

 

The Rockford Police Department is dedicated to providing the best possible police service to all citizens. We welcome information about positive interactions as well as reports of instances where improvements may be needed.

 

Como reportar sus experiencias con el departamento de Policia de Rockford

 

El Departamento de la Policia de Rockford esta dedicado a proveer el mejor servicio posible a todos los habitantes de la ciudad. Cualquier tipo de informacion sobre como crear una interaccion positiva es bienvenida, al igual que cualquier reporte de instancias donde quizas se necesiten mejorias.

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Rockford Police Department Annual Reports

 

Click HERE to view the Rockford Police Department - 2013 Annual Report

Click HERE to view the Rockford Police Department - 2012 Annual Report

Click HERE to view the Rockford Police Department - 2011 Annual Report

Click HERE to View the Rockford Police Department - 2010 Annual Report

Click HERE to view the Rockford Police Department - 2009 Annual Report 

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Click HERE to view the 2013 Rockford Police Department Bias - Free Policing Report

Click HERE to view the 2012 Rockford Police Department Bias - Free Policing Report

Click HERE to view the 2011 Rockford Police Department Bias - Free Policing Report

Click HERE to view the 2010 Rockford Police Department Bias - Free Policing Report 

Click HERE to View the 2009 Rockford Police Department Bias - Free Policing Report

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 Str Pln cover

Click above to view the 2012-2014 Rockford Police Department - Strategic Plan

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 Unsolved Murders

Click HERE to view the Rockford Police Department Unsolved Murders Webpage

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Win Co

 

Winnebago County Arrest & Jail Information  

 

Click HERE to access the Winnebago County Arrest & Jail Information website 

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 Crime Mapping 

Crimemapping.com is an interactive mapping software application that allows users to view incidents and locations of crimes committed in the City of Rockford. This web-based application allows anyone with internet access an immediate view of city crime data. Data is updated daily and presents a detailed snapshot of crime activity within the City of Rockford. Crimemapping.com maps 15 categories of crime data. These categories are; Arson, Assault, Burglary, Disturbing the Peace, Drug/Alcohol Violations, DUI, Fraud, Homicide, Motor Vehicle Theft, Robbery, Sex Crimes, Theft/Larceny, Vandalism, Vehicle Break-in/Theft and Weapons. The categories are defined by the application and are the same for all participating agencies. Certain highly personal or sensitive crimes have not been included for viewing such as Sexual Assaults and Kidnapping. This site will always contain the last 90 days of offenses and will allow the user to customize the timeframe and offense categories they wish to view.


Click HERE to view the disclaimer 

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Sex Offender Search

The Rockford Police Department is pleased to announce the purchase of  OffenderWatch, the nation’s leading registered sex offender management and community notification tool. OffenderWatch is utilized by over 1000 law enforcement agencies in 39 states. The citizens of Rockford are now able to view real-time information on all publishable offenders within a specific radius of the address you enter. The best way to stay informed is by using the e-mail alert system. The e-mail alert system will send you an e-mail alert if a new offender registers an address within the specified radius of any address you register. There is no cost for this service and no limit to the number of addresses you can register. Your e-mail address and personal information are kept confidential. Tell neighbor and friends to register their home, school, day care, park, parents or children’s homes. This amazing tool allows the citizens of Rockford and the Police Department to form a partnership to ensure all offenders obey the requirements of the sex offender registration act. Most importantly, this partnership will allow us all to provide the best possible protection for those who need it to the most, our children. For questions concerning our sex offender community awareness program, please contact:  Rockford IL Police Department 420 West State Street Rockford, IL 61101 Telephone: (815) 987-5878 Email: OffenderWatch@rockfordil.gov  

 

Click HERE for OffenderWatch

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Police Department Crime Statistics and Reports:
(PDFs) Beginning January 1, 2006, the Rockford Police Department implemented a new police report writing and records management system called NetRMS.  NetRMS incorporates NIBRS (National Incident-Based Reporting System) reporting which collects comprehensive data about a crime incident.  NIBRS reporting replaces the traditional Summary UCR (Uniform Crime Reporting) that has been in place in the country since Rockford 1930.

  • Arrest Log (Seven Days)
  • Crime Statistics
  • Alarm Reports
  • Report a Crime or Suspicious Activity:
  • Emergency - 911
  • Non-Emergency:  815-966-2900
  • Report Illegal Drug Activity: 815-987-5034 -  Click HERE for info
  • Crime Stoppers 815-963-7876 / 888-769-STOP (7867)
  • Commendation and Complaint Procedures: Click HERE
Press Releases
ICLEAR - Grant 
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 Click HERE for information on Rockford Police Chaplains   

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On July 13th, 2015, each member of the City of Rockford Council was provided with a copy of the JAG application, budget, and memo stating the agreement that was reached with Winnebago County.  The intergovernmental agreement with Winnebago County was announced during the City Council Meeting on July 20th.  Any questions and comments were directed to the Police Department.

Rockford Police Department 420 West State Street Rockford, IL 61101-1288
Phone: (815) 987-5839 Fax: (815) 961-3208 TDD: (815) 987-5495
Emergency: 911 Non-Emergency: (815) 966-2900

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Special thanks to Jason Rotello and Tamika Jones for contributing images for the City of Rockford website.