Lights on Afterschool aims to prevent juvenile crime

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Schools across Winnebago County celebrated Lights on Afterschool, an initiative to promote afterschool programs for kids. It is designed to prevent juvenile crime.

Lights on Afterschool

Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea and Winnebago County State's Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross visited students and staff at McIntosh Elementary School Thursday. They shared a presentation about respecting others.

Chief O'Shea answered questions about being a police officer, and explained what they do to keep the community safe. He says it's crucial to reach kids at an early age.

"There are some kids that are very scared of the police. They've seen the police arrest Mom or Dad, or aunt or uncle," says O'Shea. "They've seen some pretty traumatic things in their life, and the police show up. We want them to say when the police pull up, smile, wave to the police or at least be able to talk to the police without being afraid."