Police Chief Public Forum

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Rockford's Police and Fire Commission led its final public forum on criteria for the next chief of police. Current Chief Steve Pugh will retire on Nov. 1. And there are a lot of changes many in the community would like to see with new leadership.

The number one priority on many people's minds is communication.

Some would like to have more meetings to address their concerns and questions about the department, and others simply want to have someone who can speak their language.

La Voz Latina hosted the forum. It's an organization devoted to serving our local Hispanic population.

One woman tonight said Rockford needs a Hispanic or bilingual police chief, because a big portion of our population is underserved when they can't speak to the man or woman in charge.

Others want a chief that's more involved in the community.