In December of 2003 the Rockford Police Department began the process of obtaining accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). CALEA develops standards for law enforcement agencies and administers an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies can voluntarily demonstrate their compliance with the professionally-recognized standards and criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.
• Click HERE to view the RPD Accreditation page
Evidence and Property Division
The Evidence & Property Division is responsible for insuring the integrity of evidence and property recovered by Rockford Police Officers, returning recovered property to it’s legal owner(s) and the destruction of contraband evidence.
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Fiscal Services Section
The Fiscal Services Section manages the Police Department’s purchases, accounts payable and accounts receivable. The section also maintains an inventory of uniforms and police equipment, monitors the Department’s equipment budget, researches the purchase of law enforcement equipment, prepares bid specifications and oversees contracts with vendors.
The Payroll Section manages the payroll for both the sworn and civilian personnel within the Police Department.
The Records Center Division is responsible for providing timely and accurate information from the thousands of reports that the Rockford Police Department keeps on file. The Rockford Police Department as well as many other police agencies, probation and parole departments, local state and federal court systems, insurance companies and private citizens, use this information.
The Record’s Center Division also compiles statistics and sends them to the State of Illinois and FBI using the Uniform Crime Reporting System. In 2005 the Rockford Police Department will be changing to a new Record’s Management System, PIMSnet, and will report statistics to the FBI as out lined by the National Incident Based Reporting Standards.
• Click HERE for information on requesting a police report summary
• Click HERE for information on requesting a copy of a Traffic Crash / Accident Report
• Click HERE for information on requesting a Freedom of Information Act FOIA) form
- Crime Analysis: Crime Analysis perform various tasks and duties such as analyzing crime, forecasting future criminal occurrences, tracking crime patterns, monitoring trends, and preparing statistical crime reports to support daily department function and long term department projects.
- Information Services: Information Services works directly with the City of Rockford's Information Services at City hall to maintain all of the Police Department's computers, computer network and to provide computer support to all members of the Police Department.
The Recruiting Section is responsible for finding and attracting candidates for the position of sworn police officer for the Department.
The recruiting process consists of a physical fitness assessment, a written examination, a background and criminal history investigation, a personality assessment and an oral interview/examination with the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. The Board establishes a list of eligible candidates based on the written and oral exam scores. The process from initial application to the final eligibility list usually takes six months. Open police officer positions are filled with candidates from the eligibility list after they undergo an in-depth background and criminal history check and an extensive physical examination to determine if they qualify for the position.
If you are looking for a career with one of the largest Departments in the area, Click here -> Join the Rockford Police Department or contact our Recruiting Officer at 815-987-5838. Please call with any questions. From the initial date of application, through the entire recruiting process, our recruiter will be available for questions or advice.
Research and Development Unit
The Research and Development Unit studies technological, legislative and law enforcement procedure issues and makes recommendations on how the Department can improve its effectiveness.
The Training Unit provides training and continuing education programs to sworn police officers and civilian support personnel within the Rockford Police Department. The Training Unit averages over one hundred hours of training annually for each of the sworn officers within the Department. The Training Unit works with the Northern Illinois Training Advisory Board, the University of Illinois Police Training Institute, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
- Armament Section: The Armament Section is responsible for firearms maintenance and training. The Armament Section qualifies each officer before issuing them a firearm to carry and use while performing their duties.