ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The recent uptick in crime in Rockford doesn’t just affect those who live in the Forest City, it has ripple effects across the Stateline. Today we looked into how local police agencies are working together to prevent us from becoming victims of a crime.
Winnebago County Sheriff, Dick Meyers says it’s just plain common sense for his office to send in extra help to other local agencies because they all have the same bottom line, protecting our kids and families.
That’s why a special focus group of five county officers and a sergeant is available every night to patrol hot spots of crime in Rockford. Meyers offered to send officers and detectives to help investigate the latest round of crime in Rockford. No one took him up on that offer. He says it still stands because he knows no single police agency working on their own can get rid of crime entirely.
“We don’t have the ability to address all the issues that contribute to the occurrence of crime throught this community because a lot of it is beyond our control. A whole lot of different people have to take stake in this and what they do contributes to a community getting healthier.
Meyer’s says he meets monthly with local police chiefs as well as his counterpart in Boone County to discuss common problems and strategies.
County detectives are still working in the case on William Presley. The 47-year-old was found shot inside his garage on LaBelle Avenue in March. No one has been arrested in that case.