Police roamed the streets ready to search and arrest so it was impossible for many to run and hide. Those that might have been in control of the streets in Rockford don't stand a chance. From 5 p.m. to midnight several law enforcement agencies were on the hunt Friday night. Rockford police had the goal of changing the make-up of the Mid-Town district. It's an area where drug dealers and prostitutes tend to roam free. At a special detail, police make an arrest, take the violator to a special command center on 7th Street and book them on-site. The trouble makers board a bus and they get front door service at the Winnebago County Jail.
Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson says, “In one evening we're gonna suppress as much as we can with a roadside safety check and a stop and grabs. If anyone is selling drugs, cars driving illegally any known prostitutes. Anyone known to be wanted on a warrant."
Winnebago County Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Yarbrough was on site to assist police with any legal questions. Yarbrough works with the Weed and Seed program and says, “The citizens are saying this is a positive note. That we have such cooperation. Everyone is willing to improve the quality of life."
At this detail police are able to analyze data because there is a crime analyst on site.