National Night Out bigger than ever Tuesday, August 4

July 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Rockford Public Safety Officer Ian Graham is excited to announce a first for Rockford’s annual National Night Out Tuesday, August 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. This year the regular line up also includes five local restaurants who will offer something (yet to be decided) but will sure to be a hit. Uccello’s, Corner Bar, Herman’s Boy, Ramona’s Table and Rogue River Tavern will all participate with something on site at the City Hall/Rockford Chamber of Commerce parking lot at 7 South Monroe Street. For the first time ever, Bridge Street will be closed from Main to Monroe to allow crowds a little more space. If this expansion goes well with restaurants participating, Graham may continue to grow the event by bringing in businesses. National Night Out is a country-wide celebration of safe communities and was begun as a campaign to take back neighborhood streets from crime in communities where residents feared being out and about past sundown. Chief Dave Jones of the Rockford Department of Public Safety talked about National Night Out at last month’s City Council meeting. “We haven’t had to take back our streets from crime. This is a time to get together in our downtown with citizens and law enforcement.” Rockford’s National Night Out will include our various law enforcement organizations, firefighters from Rockford and local townships, include neighborhood watch booths with crime prevention tips and a hotdog dinner cooked by members of the local firefighters association. Held at the Steven R. Servaas Municipal Complex (this is the first time we’ve had to use this new name for our city center) and Bridge Street, there will plenty for adults and kids to do. Fire equipment from the City of Rockford and the fire departments of Cannon, Courtland Plainfield and Oakfield township will be on site. A fire truck sprays water for people to run through, always a huge hit. Oakfield Township’s smoke-filled simulator is a trailer tricked out to show what it can be like in a smoke-filled structure, using non-toxic, artificial smoke. It is an experience for all ages to better understand what it is like trying to escape a fire. Participating will be the Rockford Safety Department, members of the Michigan State Police, including our K-9 officer and his […]

Kent County Sheriff Department is now accepting applications

July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for their fall Citizen Police Academy.  The academy will run September 10, 2015 – November 19, 2015. Classes meet once a week for eleven weeks. Classes are held on Thursdays from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. The last session of the Academy is graduation. Classes are held at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office 701 Ball Ave NE Grand Rapids. Entrance Requirements Potential candidates for the Citizen Police Academy must meet the following criteria: Minimum age of 21 Live or work in Kent County No Misdemeanor arrests within one year of application No prior felony arrests The students will also have the opportunity to ride with a Deputy to get a glimpse of what a typical patrol night might be like in Kent County. Enrollment is limited to approximately twenty five students per session. For more information on the Citizen’s Police Academy and the selection process please contact: Sandi Jones 616-632-6221 sandi.jones@kentcountymi.gov Or visit our website at www.accesskent.com

City Volunteer Police Force in Need a Few More

March 12, 2009 // 0 Comments

Ride along with Rockford Police, answer questions from downtown visitors, write out a ticket for someone parking illegally in a handicapped parking space. These are among the duties of Rockford’s volunteer police force and you are welcomed to join up. According to Michigan’s Volunteer of the Year Linda Crone, who is a loyal member of the team who logged in over 500 volunteer hours on the force in 2008, the job is rewarding. “It’s pretty flexible, you can volunteer for many different duties, such as the Rockford Youth Night Out this Friday. We check on people’s homes when they are out of town and visit shut-ins. I’m pretty nosy so it all looks interesting to me,” Crone said. Crone enjoys riding around Rockford in the police jeep in the winter and in the golf cart in the summer. Volunteers can hit the White Pine Trail to watch for mischief or a chance to offer help or enjoy a day at the Welcome Center at 12 Squires Street. There visitors ask for everything from advice on where to go to eat to directions. “Husband and wife teams are allowed, so you can be on patrol together. It’s good for retirees. I’m a very friendly person, so I love it because you get to meet so many people and talk.” Crone points out that the Police Department is careful their volunteers aren’t put in dangerous situations that the more trained officers sometimes face. They will never be expected to make an arrest, take part in a chase or confront obnoxious individuals. The police do the hard work and let the volunteers enjoy the “lighter side” of police work. “There’s nothing rocket science about it,” said Crone. “Anyone can do it.” Applications are available at the Welcome Center and training is provided by the Rockford Police. Crone said her training consisted of a few drive-alongs with the police and advice on how to handle different situations. The volunteer force consists of 15 members currently and members are only required to put in 16 hours a month. “It’s a lot of fun. I love the summer when we get to ride up and down the White Pine Trail in the golf cart.”

Kimberly responds to reader’s accusations

October 2, 2008 // 0 Comments

Dear Editor, As a mother of two young women and the owner of Kimberly’s Boutique in downtown Rockford, I want to defend any store owner who reports a shop lifting experience (with a reputable witness) to the proper authorities. I will also defend strongly our police department, who execute their training to assist the victim of a crime. It might surprise many to know that thousands of dollars in merchandise is stolen from downtown Rockford stores by your sons, daughters, moms, dads, aunts and uncles. It does not matter the size, weight, color, or value of an item. It is an item stolen. It is against the law! What would you have the police officers do but investigate to protect the victim. This is not a “witch hunt,” but normal police procedures. None of us should presume to advise the police professionals how to execute their job. Shame on you for the mention of race. Shame on you for mentioning the unknown value of the item as if that should make a difference. If my children were continually let down and disappointed with coaches, teachers, shop owners and other authority figures, as you stated they were, I would look within myself to see if the guidance I was giving was appropriate. That much disappointment for any one child is not normal. Look to that child and teach them that life isn’t always fair. Sometimes they are at fault. Teach them common sense (if there is any left in our world). Teach them truth, trust, discretion, responsibility and reason. We all need to erase the “I know my rights,” “I want it now,” “Someone else is to blame,” and “I’m a victim” mentality. While you are raising your children, give the rest of us a break – we, too, are trying to do our best. Kimberly Smith, her family and staff