The 2005 proposed Rockford city budget includes $60,000 for CeaseFire. That is half of what it takes to operate the program year round. This is some much needed money since the state is going to stop funding the program in January. CeaseFire works to get the message out to “Stop the shooting. Stop the violence.” For almost a year CeaseFire has been working to pound the pavement to spread that message. Now area law enforcement is starting to see the results from their efforts.
Rockford Police Chief Steve Pugh says, “Our crime rate is probably down 10% this time from last year. Out homicides are at a 20 year low. So certainly I can’t say all of that is attributed to CeaseFire but I have to say some of that is.”
The city is hoping that Winnebago County will match their funding through the county's one cent sales tax.