Rockford Park District Police Formalize Support to Area Law Enforcement

The mission of the Rockford Park District Police Department is to help people enjoy life by deterring crime and maintaining safe parks.

RPD PDRockford Park District Police patrol 179 parks and facilities, but are also stationed at more than 500 events a year. The department has been very successful in keeping parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities safe for visitors, customers, and employees, thanks to a community-oriented policing strategy.

“Area law enforcement agencies are working together like never before to collaborate on crime initiatives, tactics, and training. These coordinated efforts benefit our entire community and allow citizens and guests to safely enjoy our parks, facilities, and programs,” said Rockford Park District Police Chief Theo Glover.

Earlier this week at the Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners meeting, an Intergovernmental Agreement with Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department was approved. An Intergovernmental Agreement memorializes and clarifies the Rockford Park District Police jurisdiction, which extends to all locations within the corporate limits of Winnebago County when Park Police are providing assistance to the Sheriff's Department.

Rockford Park District Police are often called to assist other police agencies with various enforcement efforts throughout Winnebago County outside of the limited jurisdiction property of the Rockford Park District. The Intergovernmental Agreement will serve to empower members of the Park District Police force to exercise their police powers as needed, and make certain that there is no delay or uncertainty in public safety measures due to examination or determining the authority of the responding officer. An Intergovernmental Agreement already exists between Rockford Park District Police and Rockford Police Department.

Vision

For the Rockford Park District to be the best urban park and recreation system in North America, as measured by national standards and the citizens we serve.

Mission

To 'help people enjoy life' by providing a quality park and recreation system.

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