7 Officers join the Rockford Police Department

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Six brand new officers were sworn-in with the addition of one former Winnebago County Sheriff's Deputy.

Chief Dan O'Shea says the deputy is a lateral transfer, which is new this year to RPD. This allows the department to take experienced officers from other agencies. O'shea says these officers are helpful because they need less training to get out on the streets.

Three current Rockford police officers were also given letters of commendation for their work in the field.