ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The number of students being arrested in the Rockford Public School District is at a ten-year low, dropping by more than 700 arrests over the last five years.
Over the last ten years, arrests peaked at nearly 1,100 in 2008 but the numbers continue to fall. From 2009 to 2010 arrests dropped by almost half, from 1,061 in 2009 to 596 in 2010.
The same thing happened again from 2012 to 2013, decreasing from 643 arrests to 383 arrests in 2013. While that may still seem like a lot, when you compare the arrest-to-student ratio, it's less than two percent. The district is crediting the decrease to high expectations and discipline code enforcement by staff.
"That creates number one, a great learning environment and number two, it leads to less actual high-level discipline needs because most of the really tough issues are addressed before they become big, tough issues," explains Superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett.
The district does not have a break-down of the reasons for the arrests.