ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Andrew Seale is the new Rockford Police ROCK House Officer who’s been in his new position for the last couple weeks.
"So what I want to do is give them these two backpacks," Seale said.
Seale took over the role of ROCKHouse Officer in the district two home.
“So far it is great being out here in the community and interacting with the different people especially the kids,” Seale said.
Seale says his goal is to start some new community engagement programs.
"Where we try to engage the youth in different things and you know just interact with the community in that nontraditional way," Seale said.
The Rockford Police Department already has a few programs throughout the year.
"I want to branch out from there. But I don't want to give away too much of what it is,” Seale said.
"I think its good having an officer next to me," said Yadira Carreno
Carreno and her family live next door to Seale.
"If I wasn't around and the officer was here and my kids were running around the yard or something I would feel safe," Carreno said.
Carreno has noticed some crime around the neighborhood.
"The past month or so there was a shooting down the street," Carreno said.
But Carreno says having an officer living in her neighborhood is helpful.
"It's impossible to stop them but I think having an officer in the area will decrease the chance of someone dying or getting killed," Carreno said.
"I just wanted to try something new and take a different avenue then I was used to," Seale said.
Seale has served as a Rockford Police Officer for eleven years. Some of his roles include patrol officer, school resource officer, and a Rockford house authority.
Its been a couple of weeks since Andrew Seale started as the new ROCK House office and he looks to start new community engagement programs for Rockford's youth.