ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Regular viewers of 23 News have probably noticed our increased coverage of crime and the justice system. Today we officially begin "Operation Safer Streets." Our lead investigator is Reporter and Attorney Meghan Dwyer. Meghan and the rest of us here at 23 News will bring you in-depth stories which examine local crime fighting, efforts to improve safety, and challenges within the system.
You can tell it's an "Operation Safer Streets" story by the bright yellow graphics on the bottom of the screen. We believe "Operation Safer Streets" will help you understand why crime is happening and what is being done as a result. We’ll also highlight what you may be able to do to help.
Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson said, "I think it's a great opportunity for the media specifically for channel 23 to take the initiative on operation safer streets. To let the public know what's going on inside the criminal justice system, specifically within the police department."
We’ll be going more in-depth. It won't just be "this crime happened." We'll be digging deeper than usual and trying to figure out "why" in all of our stories. It won't just be about who got arrested. We’ll follow people through the legal system and find out what happened to them. We may explain how parts of the system are failing Rockford’s citizens and we'll be counting on our viewers to send us things to investigate.