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Police Department

The Rockford Police Department is under the command of Chief Chet Epperson and has an authorized strength of 290 sworn officers.










A City free from crime and public disorder



The members of the Rockford Police Department are committed to reducing crime and enhancing the quality of life through an active partnership with our community.




INTEGRITY: We are committed to be ethical, honest, and sincere in all relationships.


RESPECT: We serve our citizens and team members in an open, courteous, and respectful manner.


PROFESSIONALISM: We ensure the proper, lawful, and unbiased application of police powers.


SERVICE: We are dedicated, responsive and accountable to each other and the community we serve. Service is exemplified through innovative teamwork aimed at problem-solving, creativity, and community policing initiatives such as district policing.


COURAGE: We recognize the dangers inherent in our profession and are willing to place the safety of others above that of our own. We readily confront all challenges with the mind-set of never giving up.





The Police Department is comprised of three bureaus and the Office of Professional Standards. The three bureaus as well as the Office of Professional Standards are headed by a member of the Command Staff.



Command Staff

Organizational Chart



National Police Research Platform


In 2013, the Rockford Police Department was asked to join in an extensive three part survey administered by the National Police Research Platform. The NPRP is based out of the University of Illinois at Chicago and is managed by a team of leading police scholars from seven universities, supported by the operational expertise of a respected national advisory board. The purpose of the NPRP is to advance the science and practice of policing in the United States.


The Rockford Police Department, one of eight contributing Illinois police agencies in the survey, participated in order to conduct a critical analysis into its performance on key organizational indicators such as employee wellness and safety, supervision effectiveness and leadership. The survey also provided the Department a discerning view into the perceptions of local citizens’ interactions with officers. The feedback will assist the Department in evidence based self-monitoring and promote internal self-reflection and dialogue about creating methods for improving the performance of the Department and the quality of service to the citizens of Rockford


The Department acknowledges the survey feedback and intends to use that information to improve upon organizational performance and interactions with the community by continuing to enhance and promote such initiatives as the implementation of a Department Strategic Plan, continuous meetings with the Officer Advisory Council, and the Support Staff Advisory Council, the furtherance of the Pilot Police District and geographic policing model, and on-going gatherings with the Police Chief Citizen Advisory Board that is attended by a diverse group of members of the community. These initiatives, such as the Officer Advisory Council and the Support Staff Advisory Council, have been meeting regularly for the past two years and have provided an open forum for officers and staff to communicate issues and concerns about the police department.


The survey sampling response rates are listed below and are based on 2013 staffing numbers:


  • Survey A- Sworn Employees:                                      61% response rate         Click HERE to view
  • Survey B- Sworn Employees:                                      41% response rate          Click HERE to view
  • Survey A- Civilian Employees:                                    90% response rate         Click HERE to view
  • Survey B- Civilian Employees:                                    60% response rate          Click HERE to view
  • PCI Survey Web Report Traffic Accident Rockford                                           Click HERE to view
  • PCI Survey Web Report Traffic Stop Rockford                                                   Click HERE to view
  • PCI Web Report Crime Incident Rockford                                                           Click HERE to view


In regards to the Police-community Interaction Survey, the NPRP surveyed 6,231 citizens. The NPRP received 323 completed surveys.


The Department would like to thank all of the participating officers and members of the community who participated in the survey. The Department cannot mature fully without rigorous self-reflection and scrutiny from its own workforce and from the community members who hold us accountable.  The Department will continue to foster growth, development and overall excellence to our policing profession. 


Please address any questions you have regarding the surveys to Assistant Deputy Chief Michael Dalke at (815) 987-5831.




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The Rockford Police Department is not currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer.



Cit Pol Acad





Are you interested in learning more about the Rockford Police Department?

Then the Citizens Police Academy is the

course for you!

The Rockford Police officers and personnel from various divisions will present problem-solving strategies for non-police officers to learn more about the police department and criminal justice system.


November 05, 2014 - January 07, 2015


This is a FREE Course!


This is a 8 week course on

Wednesdays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Classes meet at the Rockford Police Department located in the Public Safety Building located at 420 West State Street.


*Due to the holiday season there will be no classes on 11/26, 12/24, and 12/31. 


 Click HERE to view a flier


 Click HERE to view an application




Geographic Policing Initiative


In late 2009, the Rockford Police Department initiated a project to develop the framework for moving the Department from a centralized, functional organization to a decentralized, multiple district structure. It was envisioned that functional areas such as patrol, traffic, investigations, etc. would be integrated under a single command in each district. The approach envisioned taking an area of the City, establish a police station in that area, and provide police-related services in that district with staff operating from that police station. The intent of this scaled approach was to provide a means to experiment, test, and evaluate operating as a decentralized, district policing department.


 Click HERE to view more information


 PPD Cover


Click above to view the Rockford Police  Pilot Police District - Recommendations for Implementation





How to report your experience with the Rockford Police Department


The Rockford Police Department is dedicated to providing the best possible police service to all citizens. We welcome information about positive interactions as well as reports of instances where improvements may be needed.


Como reportar sus experiencias con el departamento de Policia de Rockford


El Departamento de la Policia de Rockford esta dedicado a proveer el mejor servicio posible a todos los habitantes de la ciudad. Cualquier tipo de informacion sobre como crear una interaccion positiva es bienvenida, al igual que cualquier reporte de instancias donde quizas se necesiten mejorias.



Rockford Police Department Annual Reports


Click HERE to view the Rockford Police Department - 2012 Annual Report

Click HERE to view the Rockford Police Department - 2011 Annual Report

Click HERE to View the Rockford Police Department - 2010 Annual Report

Click HERE to view the Rockford Police Department - 2009 Annual Report 



Click HERE to view the 2013 Rockford Police Department Bias - Free Policing Report

Click HERE to view the 2012 Rockford Police Department Bias - Free Policing Report

Click HERE to view the 2011 Rockford Police Department Bias - Free Policing Report

Click HERE to view the 2010 Rockford Police Department Bias - Free Policing Report 

Click HERE to View the 2009 Rockford Police Department Bias - Free Policing Report

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 Str Pln cover

Click above to view the 2012-2014 Rockford Police Department - Strategic Plan





 Unsolved Murders

Click HERE to view the Rockford Police Department Unsolved Murders Webpage



Win Co


Winnebago County Arrest & Jail Information  


Click HERE to access the Winnebago County Arrest & Jail Information website 



 Crime Mapping is an interactive mapping software application that allows users to view incidents and locations of crimes committed in the City of Rockford. This web-based application allows anyone with internet access an immediate view of city crime data. Data is updated daily and presents a detailed snapshot of crime activity within the City of Rockford. maps 15 categories of crime data. These categories are; Arson, Assault, Burglary, Disturbing the Peace, Drug/Alcohol Violations, DUI, Fraud, Homicide, Motor Vehicle Theft, Robbery, Sex Crimes, Theft/Larceny, Vandalism, Vehicle Break-in/Theft and Weapons. The categories are defined by the application and are the same for all participating agencies. Certain highly personal or sensitive crimes have not been included for viewing such as Sexual Assaults and Kidnapping. This site will always contain the last 90 days of offenses and will allow the user to customize the timeframe and offense categories they wish to view.

Click HERE to view the disclaimer 



Sex Offender Search

The Rockford Police Department is pleased to announce the purchase of  OffenderWatch, the nation’s leading registered sex offender management and community notification tool. OffenderWatch is utilized by over 1000 law enforcement agencies in 39 states. The citizens of Rockford are now able to view real-time information on all publishable offenders within a specific radius of the address you enter. The best way to stay informed is by using the e-mail alert system. The e-mail alert system will send you an e-mail alert if a new offender registers an address within the specified radius of any address you register. There is no cost for this service and no limit to the number of addresses you can register. Your e-mail address and personal information are kept confidential. Tell neighbor and friends to register their home, school, day care, park, parents or children’s homes. This amazing tool allows the citizens of Rockford and the Police Department to form a partnership to ensure all offenders obey the requirements of the sex offender registration act. Most importantly, this partnership will allow us all to provide the best possible protection for those who need it to the most, our children. For questions concerning our sex offender community awareness program, please contact:  Rockford IL Police Department 420 West State Street Rockford, IL 61101 Telephone: (815) 987-5878 Email:  


Click HERE for OffenderWatch



Police Department Crime Statistics and Reports:
(PDFs) Beginning January 1, 2006, the Rockford Police Department implemented a new police report writing and records management system called NetRMS.  NetRMS incorporates NIBRS (National Incident-Based Reporting System) reporting which collects comprehensive data about a crime incident.  NIBRS reporting replaces the traditional Summary UCR (Uniform Crime Reporting) that has been in place in the country since Rockford 1930.

  • Arrest Log (Seven Days)
  • Crime Statistics
  • Alarm Reports
  • Report a Crime or Suspicious Activity:
  • Emergency - 911
  • Non-Emergency:  815-966-2900
  • Report Illegal Drug Activity: 815-987-5034 -  Click HERE for info
  • Crime Stoppers 815-963-7876 / 888-769-STOP (7867)
  • Commendation and Complaint Procedures: Click HERE
Press Releases
ICLEAR - Grant 

 Click HERE for information on Rockford Police Chaplains   


Rockford Police Department 420 West State Street Rockford, IL 61101-1288
Phone: (815) 987-5839 Fax: (815) 961-3208 TDD: (815) 987-5495
Emergency: 911 Non-Emergency: (815) 966-2900

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Special thanks to Jason Rotello and Tamika Jones for contributing images for the City of Rockford website.