Scott Mazur

Mazur farewell celebration packed with officers, family

May 12, 2011 // 0 Comments

by BETH ALTENA A bittersweet goodbye celebration ended the career of long-time Rockford Officer Lt. Scott Mazur Friday, April 29 at Rockford City Hall. It would apparently have been a good time to commit a crime, as it seemed every law enforcement officer in the county was present, from Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent to Michigan State Police Post Commander First Lieutenant Chris MacIntire. City Manager Michael Young put the timeline in perspective, noting the changes that have occurred since Mazur joined the City of Rockford as a rookie cop in 1991, when Young said he was in his second year in middle school and sporting an “incredible mullet.” “Gas was $1.25 a gallon,” Young said. “The best TV you could buy was a 19-inch color for $399. The Federal Reserve interest rate was 15.3/4. The average household income was $20,000.” Young went on, noting the average rent was $300 per month, the Titanic had just been found, Ronald Reagan was the president, and Lady Diana married Prince Charles that year. MS Dos was just released, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Cannonball Run” were in the movie theaters. The hit music was Dolly Parton, Blondie, and Olivia Newton-John with “Let’s Get Physical.” Rockford Fire Chief Mike Reus complimented Mazur, and also thanked Mazur’s family, pointing out that firefighters and officers, perhaps more than many other professions, need strong support to be able to do their jobs. Rockford Police Chief Dave Jones complimented his second-in-command for his dedication to the community, not only as a police officer but also a member of the board for the Krause Memorial Library and the Rockford Community Federal Credit Union where, as part of his duties, he originally hired Connie Taylor. “He gave this organization stability during a time of change and his historic knowledge allowed us to integrate programs into the community,” Jones said. In a gesture of honor, Jones presented Mazur with his service revolver and his badge as a memento of the time he served as a Rockford officer.  

State recognition just latest in long line of policing progress

October 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

Solving parks/property destruction the result of problem-solving efforts “It was Rockford’s shining night,” Police Chief Dave Jones described the evening ceremonies on Tuesday, October 10, when the entire Rockford Police Department earned the distinction of being the Outstanding Unit of all the members of the Crime Prevention Association of Michgan.   Jones made the bold move of nominating the entire department for the honor that usually goes to a committee or group of officers whose duties are dedicated to community policing. With 13 officers, Jones said every officer in the department is trained in and implements community policing practices on a daily basis. He said community policing goes beyond outreach programs such as D.A.R.E and National Nite Out and said problem solving policing is at the core of community policing practices. If you feel safe in our local parks lately, thank community policing. Jones described a four-prong model of problem-solving his department implemented over the course of years to curb increasing vandalism incidents Rockford faced a few years ago. With the acronym SARA, for Scan, Analyze, Respond and Assess, the long-term result are a good example of community policing in action. Not long ago, there was a chronic problem in downtown with youth incidents of destruction and even harassment. The Ten Mile Bridge overpass was awash in graffiti. A toilet in the Welcome Center was blown up. Welcome signs to the City were repeatedly destroyed. Picnic tables, gazebos and benches were being damaged repeatedly. “It got to the point people didn’t feel safe in our parks, particularly the fitness trail to the west of Richardson-Sowerby Park,” Jones said. He said that area had become a congregating area for drug use and dealing, profanity. “We all know kids will be kids, but when people didn’t feel safe, we felt it was time to take action.” Jones said fighting the escalating vandalism wasn’t a quick-fix and started with a grant that allowed the department to install cameras for areas where vandalism was occurring. He then set aside some of his part-time budget to hire officers who were dedicated to park patrol during the summer. Rockford’s Department of Public Service was also enlisted. “As soon as an incident took place, they cleaned it up,” Jones stated. “If they […]