The Rockford Police Department is warning residents to lock vehicles after a series of thefts from unlocked cars over the weekend. They would like to remind everyone to remove their valuables and lock their car doors at night. If your car was broken into please contact the police department at (616)866-9557. Please report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood to the police department promptly.
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Michigan State Police trooper Kevin Sweeny invites area youth to get a jump on summer fun and enjoy a day of activity and refreshments with officers of the Michigan State Police, Rockford Police Department and the Kent County Sheriff. The seventh annual Rockford Area Kids Triathlon will take place at Rockford High School on Saturday, July 9. The triathlon consists of seven age groups so youngsters from age zero to 17 can participate. The cost of participating is just $20 and includes a t-shirt and lunch after the event. The community policing event is designed as a fun day to promote healthy lifestyles as well as an opportunity for local kids to meet and play with law enforcement officers. According to Sweeny, it is a favorite event that officers look forward to each year. The course varies according to age groups so even the youngest kids have a great time and are able to complete the event. Oldest kids swim 200 yards in the Rockford High School pool, bike six miles and run three miles. The youngest swim one length of the pool, run 100 yards, and bike 100 yards. Bike helmets are required. To sign up or for more information, pick up a flier at the Rockford Police Department or the Michigan State Police post in Rockford or fill our the form online at www.rocktri.com. All participants receive medals, certificates and top three performers in each age group receive awards. Proceeds benefit the D.A.R.E. program and the Michigan State Police Explorers.
The public is invited to coffee to celebrate 30 years of service Rockford Mayor Steve Jazwiec reads a mayoral proclomation recognizing the 30 years of service of Lt. Scott Mazur, of the Rockford Police Department. There will be a public coffee and celebration of Mazur’s career at City Hall this Friday, April 29 at Rockford City Hall from 1:30 to 3 p.m. with a presentation at 2 p.m. Those wishing to thank Mazur and wish him well are encouraged to attend.
by ELDON KORSON On Friday, Feb. 4, the Rockford, Cedar Springs and Sparta police departments and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department will be holding a youth lock-in at the MVP Athletic Club located at 515 East Division Street in Rockford. For $6 paid at the door, middle school kids in grades six through eight will be able to eat unlimited pizza and use all facilities, except exercise equipment, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. According to Sergeant Mike Miller of the Rockford Police Department, open activities include “Dodgeball—officers against the kids—flag football… basketball, volleyball… all kinds of events that we do, and it’s pizza and an overall good time to hang out and get to know people.” The deep-rooted fun in winning against adults—and authorities at that—is intended to decrease fear of speaking to officers and to encourage fun without drugs or other unhealthy acts. “We want to do it to get more involved with the middle school kids and have them interact more with different police officers more on a person-to-person basis, rather than dealing with them out on the street—just trying to get in there and interact and play,” said Miller.
The Rockford Police Department took several larceny-from-auto reports on Monday, Oct. 25. They would like to remind everyone to keep their vehicles locked and secure all valuables such as GPS units, computers and other electronics devices inside their houses. If you see anything in your neighborhood out of the ordinary, please contact the Rockford Police Department at (616) 866-9557. If your vehicle was broken into—even if nothing was taken—please report it to the Rockford Police Department as soon as possible. This report was sent through the new information program Nixle, which sends e-mails or texts to residents when there is news to report. Residents can sign up for Nixle at the City of Rockford website at www.rockford.mi.us. There is no charge for this service.