Rockford Police Chief visits Guilford students with eye on future

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea visited Guilford High School with hopes to connect with students who may one day serve in law enforcement.

O'Shea spoke to several students in criminal justice and crime scene investigation classes. He wanted to spark the students' interest now to give them an idea of responsibilities and jobs in public service.

"They sit in a classroom and they go through a crime scene class or a criminal justice class, and they meet different people from the police department from chief on down to patrol officers and K-9's," O'Shea said. "They go 'man that sounds interesting and something I might pursue.'"

O'shea hopes many of these high school students could work for the police department in the future based on their knowledge and familiarity with the city of Rockford.

O'Shea's visit was part of the Rockford Police Department's efforts to work with students and build a desire for careers in law enforcement.