Rockford Police Department to hire 16 new officers - – Rockford’s News Leader

Rockford Police Department to hire 16 new officers


The Rockford Police Department is making room in its ranks for new officers.

After an extensive interview and training process, the department will hire 16 officers and plans to start the whole process again soon. However, Rockford's police chief argues the department should hire officers from other departments at their current rank, pushing them to a 12-hour shift.

"You gain many efficiencies by going to a 12-hour shift," Chief Chet Epperson said. "You have one officer working for one supervisor, as opposed to now it can be anywhere from one to three supervisors and you're able to take the efficiencies of those officers from a standard 12-hour shift and put those officers in your hot spot areas."

The new officers will be sworn-in on Tuesday.


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