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Belvidere Police Department releases results of annual report

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The Belvidere Police Department has released the results of its 2012 annual report, marking a drop in reported offenses for the sixth year in a row.

In a statement Tuesday, the department said factors like community involvement, community ties, and gang enforcement contributed to the drop in reported crime. The report says more residents are calling the police to report suspicious activity and are also including specific details like license plate numbers and addresses.

The statement also said community ties, like the city's nine neighborhood watch groups, new Volunteers in Police Service, the Nixle system, and multiple meetings helped the department keep local residents up to date and informed.

In 2013, the department hopes to keep up with the following objectives:

  • Promoting community involvement and encouraging residents to participate in the law enforcement process
  • Expanding liaisons with members of the business community, civic organizations, and other government agencies to share information
  • Suppressing and eliminating street gang activity and their involvement with narcotics
  • Applying for IDOT grants in an attempt to reduce the number of traffic accidents
  • Making efforts to correct the pay discrepancy between the ranks of Deputy Chief and Sergeant by changing the rate of compensation of Deputy Chief to be six percent over the highest paid Sergeant
  • Coordinating the assignments for the new position of a Community Policing Coordinator/Crime Prevention Officer, which was obtained through a grant

To see the entire report, visit www.ci.belvidere.il.us and click on Annual Report.

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