ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Technology is the latest tool the city of Rockford hopes to use in order to reduce violent crime in the Forest City. They want to create a first of its kind database for parolees coming to the Stateline.
The city and state have ways to collect data on parolees now, but they don't share it electronically, so they plan to build an online database that would update monthly with info on parolees.
This new database would allow the city and state to cross check records on parolees to ensure they are following the rules of their release.
The info in that system can help Rockford agencies better address the needs parolees to prevent them from committing new crimes.
The state is giving the city of Rockford $400-thousand dollars to create the right software to do all of this.
The state wants to use Rockford as a testing ground for this program in the hopes to launch a statewide system.
To protect privacy, only a set number of agencies will be able to see the info in the database.
The goal is to have this system up and running by the end of the month.