Drive-by shootings, drug deals, and murder; the Stateline is no stranger to violence.
Winnebago County Sheriff's Police are now taking action and have formed a violent crime task force.
"The purpose of the task force is to concentrate on the more problematic individual out there, that we know is involved in criminal activity," said Winnebago County Sheriff Richard Meyers.
Rockford Police Department, Loves Park Police Department, the Sheriff's Department, Illinois State Police and federal agencies like the DEA, ATF, and FBI are going after area street gangs.
Sheriff Meyers says it's about working smarter. "What's going to be important for that is not so much the volume of arrests, but it's going to be the quality of arrest.”
Rockford and Loves Park Police Departments are already sending officers to work at the Winnebago County Justice Center. They’ll focus on bringing down the most violent offenders involved in gang activity.
"If we can catch five of them in a leadership role, and driving the criminal activity, and responsible for bringing others into the criminal element that's much more productive," explained Sheriff Meyers.
Also productive is Winnebago County's Knock Out Crime initiative. One of the components was to pool resources and work together.
"So that we're really targeting on these most violent criminals and get them off our streets. We need to start more and more emphasis, and add people to that, so we can feel safe again. That’s the big issue," said Winnebago County Chairman Scott Christiansen.
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