Tensions between Rockford Police union leaders and the city's mayor continue to grow.
You've heard it's radio spot, now Rockford's police union takes to the TV's with it's next round of accusations.
The new TV ad is a lot of things: informational, intriguing, blunt. 13 News Reporter Matt Groves was there when Mayor Larry Morrissey watched it for the first time. He says it's also, old tactics.
"The administration's answer, outsource cases to other departments and purchase buildings that can't be staffed."
That's a line from the ad that slams the mayor's office. Morrissey isn't upset.
"Not at all, again I'm expecting that type of thing because we're 60 days outside of an election, it's going to happen. In 2009 when I was running for re-election the first time, I'm not surprised that it's happening today."
This go-round, geo-policing is the platform the PB&PA is sounding off about. Police union President Terry Peterson says it's a numbers game, and Rockford is losing.
"We don't have the people, we don't have the leadership to make it happen correctly and the net result is that we're number 9 on the Most Dangerous cities list," said Peterson.
Mayor Morrissey says those numbers would be looking up if the union would change the way they hire.
"You know, the biggest thing I would challenge the PBPA to think about is what can they do immediately to improve the staffing levels of the City of Rockford Police Department," said Morrissey.
Morrissey urges the department to hire laterally. Find officers from neighboring departments with experience and bring them into Rockford.
According to him, that strategy is currently prohibited by the union. Morrissey says there is room in the budget this year for 285 sworn officers. That means 20 more could be hired this year.
Terry Peterson and the union he leads say the mayor is omitting information in the plan to spread out the police.
They want nothing to do with it.
"The bottom line is that this guy is not transparent and this program is going to kill the City of Rockford taxpayers."
There is another radio ad in addition to this television ad airing Wednesday.
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