Grant Accepted: Rockford Police to Add Officers

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It’s official. The Rockford Police Department will have new officers on the street the first week of January. We have more on where the officers will be stationed.

The department accepted a $2.5 million dollar grant from the department of justice. It will put new officers on the streets in high crime areas.

It will also prevent police from having to lay off officers.

Right now there are 246 police officers. Police Chief Chet Epperson says he would like that number to get up to 285. The money is free for the first three years, but the police department must pay the new hires 100-thousand dollars each starting in 2015.

The police chief says they are in the process of vetting applicants for the new openings now.

On January 2 or 3 third they will be officially hired.

In the comments, tell us where you think the new officers should be stationed.

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  • by Kathy on Nov 9, 2011 at 11:26 AM
    Just a small correction. The officers will not be paid a $100,000 salary. The $100,000 the department must have budgeted after 3 years covers the salary, benefits and all other costs associated with keeping the officer on the force.
  • by Anonymous Location: Rockford on Nov 8, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    First and foremost WIFR, your report is grossly inaccurate and is in need of clarification and re-reporting. There will not be 1 new Officer "on the street" as of January 1, 2012. They may hire new Officers by then, but it will take several months to have them trained and certified by the state as Illinois law enforcement officers. Second, none of the new hires will be paid $100,000 per year. They will get the same starting salary as the last group of new hires which is around $42,000 or $43,000 per year. You are making it sound like Rockford Police Officers are well to do. That is definitely not the case. Please report facts...not gross misinterpretations.
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