By Erin Kolb
ROCKFORD – The Rockford Police Department is looking for qualified individuals to round out its police force in the new year.
The city seeks applicants with the desire to protect and serve the community, with integrity and character. Recruiting investigator Keehnen Davis says there are many benefits to the job.
“This is a great opportunity to become a guardian of justice, protector of the community, and to make positive changes in peoples’ lives,” he said. “If you’re not just looking for a job, then this is the career for you.”
Recruiters have been getting the word out by having advertisements in local stores, libraries, and health offices, to name a few places.
“We have been very intentional in our efforts to raise the public’s consciousness about the importance of community policing,” said Davis, “and, as a result, have received a significant amount of interest by citizens interested in becoming police officers. We anticipate an excellent turnout.”
The search requires no outside agency for help, Davis said. The police department is authorized to have 290 members on its force. RPD currently has 278 officers and is looking to hire 10-15 more.
Recruitment information sessions will be held at 6 p.m. on January 11 and 19 at the City of Rockford Wellness Center, 120 N. 3rd St.
Applications will be accepted for the full month of January.