Negotiations between the Rockford Police Union and the City continue to circle around the same issue of geographic policing.
A proposal has been made to divide the main police station into smaller stations spread throughout Rockford. The City wants to start the program with a pilot station near the Clock Tower, but union representatives argue the department is too under-staffed and more officers are needed on the West Side.
Union President Terry Peterson also says if the plan goes through, some officers should get hazard pay. "When they create an even more dangerous situation for not only the officers but the community, I think the officers who are in the front lines in the forefront deserve something for it," he said.
Negotiations have been ongoing since last October.
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