Rockford- In their final days leading up to the April 9th elections, Rockford Mayoral and Alderman Candidates participated in a town hall debate in front of Brown's Hill Residents. "We felt that it was important to make informed decisions in voting. Said Knights Association President Julia Valdez. As a historical district, we are affected greatly by many of the county decisions. "
The community brought by the Knights Association due to the increase in Rockford's crime rate. This in turn led to the Geo-Policing plan playing a huge part in the debate. "We are also in district two which is going to be the first district they would roll out for Geo-Policing, so we are interested in when is that going to start, how is that going to affect us, and will that change some of the crime numbers in our neighborhood." Valdezsaid.
Not everyone is in favor of Geo-Policing like Valdezand her neighborhood association. In fact, the Rockford Police Union ran ads against Geo-Policing. Some of the residents of Brown's Hill say they are in favor of Geo-Policing. "I'm excited to possibly think of policemen being in our neighborhood, learning who they are, getting to know the residents. Emily Schubert of Brown's Hill community said.
Emily's husband Jim agrees, but is a little more skeptical. "I think anytime you can get police in the community and have an active relationship with them it's positive. I'd be for it absolutely as long as it does not cost any extra money."