ROCKFORD - Better police tactics are being credited for a decrease in violent crime.
From September to January of 2013, 23 arrests were made in relation to violent crime.
Police say "Hot Spot Policing", or focusing resources on problem spots or individuals, is what led to the increase in arrests.
"Many times it's either a location or individual who is considered a hot person" says Deputy Chief David Hopkins of the Rockford Police Dept. "We're looking for patterns, trends, in those individuals and their activities and relationships."
The formation of a Violent Crime Task Force is what led to "Hot Spot Policing."