FREEPORT (WIFR) – After a quarter century with the Freeport Police, the chief is calling it quits at a time when the city is seeing an uptick in violent crime.
Jerry Whitmore became the city’s top cop in 2002 and says he’s seen more violent crimes committed by younger people in the last few years. Whitmore is leaving the department for a new position as the regional planning coordinator at the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System. Whitmore says he’s frustrated with the amount of crimes that have gone unsolved or uncharged in his city but also says he’s proud of his time in Freeport.
"Being a police officer is pretty much what I've known my entire adult life so a little sad moving on, but excited for the future not just for myself, but for the police department as well,” Whitmore said.
The city hasn’t announced who will replace Chief Whitmore whose last day with the force is Wednesday.