What do police look for during a traffic stop? Rockford kids find out at police academy

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Rockford Park District Police Academy allows area kids to see what a typical day for a local officer looks like.

First responders showed children what officers look for when they pull someone over.

The process tries to keep everyone involved in the traffic stop safe, and there was also a K9 demonstration.

Lisa Hodges, the Community Services Officer at the Rockford Park District Police Department, hopes that these events get residents more comfortable with officers.

“I think all these things are definitely important for the kids to just have a good time with us and also get all their questions out and maybe some of the anxiety about police officers,” Hodges said.

Officer Hodges went on to say this is a great way to break down barriers in the community by having kids get to know police on a personal level.

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