Operation Safer Streets Launches

By: 23 News Staff
By: 23 News Staff

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.

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  • by kim Location: rockford on Nov 21, 2011 at 08:24 PM
    You want crime to decrease? then TURN the streetlights back on and tell morrisey to PAY the police instead of his taking off for joyrides to china under the guise of "getting business interested". STOP the Riverwalk project and shift that money back to the safety of the residents of rockford.
  • by Steve Location: Durand on Nov 15, 2011 at 04:09 PM
    Glad to see the increased coverage on the crime epidemic in Rockford. As the 10th most dangerous city in the country I think one slant you should follow is the lack of a concealed carry law in Illinois. When it is legalized a drop in violent crime will be one of the first things noticed. It is a proven fact that arming citizens has a positive effect on crime. Guns do save lives. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. This played out recently when armed men attempted to rob a pizza place. An off duty (essentially a citizen) police officer used a citizens gun to save lives.
  • by Leon Location: Rockford on Nov 15, 2011 at 03:31 PM
    Several months ago I was witness to a shooting involving several people. This happened during day light hours (3:30 pm). The response I got from dispatcher with 911 was depressing and made me realize how bad it is when trying to get help. I don't know if someone got hit during the shooting or what damages there was, but when I called 911 I was asked and I quote " what would you like for us to do about it?"...REALLY?!?!?!... You're the police department asking me what I want them to do about it! How about making an appearence or something! We wonder why major crimes up but minor crimes down, well maybe because they are picking the ones they want to report and which ones they don't.
  • by Todd Location: Rockford on Nov 15, 2011 at 03:07 PM
    great news...Lets hope this leads to accountability. Although the entire Rockford (and those that left) community has been well AWARE of the out-of-control Crime problem for several years! It's the media and Rockford leaders that have been in concerted denial.
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