Rockford Department of Public Safety

Rockford firefighter graduates from Police Academy

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

by BETH ALTENA Double proud—Rockford’s Robert Berkstresser, who has been a firefighter for the city since 1992, has graduated from police training academy. His daughter Holly, a 2004 Rockford High School graduate, also graduated from a police academy this summer. “It was a challenge, especially being older. If I was in my twenties like everyone else in the class, it [...]

Business owners warned about spate of break-ins

June 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to several business break-ins the morning of Saturday, June 2. Rockford DPS would like to remind all business owners that it is important to report all break-ins and attempted break-ins immediately, even if it appears nothing was taken. If you see any suspicious activity, report it immediately by calling 911 or the [...]

Thousands come out for Rockford Relay for Life

May 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

by CINDY M. CRANMER FIRST WALK—The firefighters of Rockford always lead the first lap of Rockford's Relay for Life event. With the new combined Department of Public Safety—which includes newly trained first responders from the city staff, the police department, Chief Dave Jones in command, City Manager Michael Young as overseer, and Chief Mike Reuss as Rockford [...]

Rockford models new money-saving safety structure

April 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

All full-time DPW, police now qualified firefighters, medical responders by BETH ALTENA Jamie Davies (front left) trains firefighters on the control panel of a Rockford fire truck. He will be the lieutenant leading the Department of Public Services firefighters. The writing was on the wall when Rockford was forced to lay off one of the city’s full-time firefighters two [...]