ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Carla Redd was sworn in as Rockford’s first female Police Chief this morning at Veterans Memorial Hall.
“Rockford is my city,” Redd said. “It’s my home. I love Rockford itself. I love the police department, as well. So, [I’m] just looking forward to brining us all closer together.”
Redd was announced as the new chief last week.
Redd follows the departure of Chief Dan O’Shea, who retired in April.
Redd has more than two decades of experience in law enforcement, and has served as Assistant Deputy Chief since 2016.
Prior to that, she was a lieutenant, homicide and theft detective, and a community services officer.
Rhonda Greer Robinson, the branch president for the NAACP in Rockford, says she has known Redd for many years.
“Being a native of Rockford, I think that really helps, knowing what area needs to be worked on,” Robinson said. “She has that skill, just being an ally and being an excellent leader and she’s definitely that.”
Redd is also the city’s first Black police chief.
Robinson said Redd will have support from the NAACP.
“We’re going to hold her to expectations, as others, but we’re also going to work with her, as far as [implementing] changes,” Robinson said. “She can’t make all these changes by herself, on her own platform. As a community, we have to stay in our lane and make sure we are helping, connecting, and supporting her.”
Redd said she’s excited to have conversations which will benefit the community.
“My door is always open. I’m willing to work with anyone. I’ve said this, even back last year when the public display of disapproval [of police, following the killing of George Floyd] started. So, I’m the same person today that I was then. [I’m] looking forward to work with anyone who is willing,” she said.
The NAACP said it is working on setting up a meeting with Redd to discuss what programs Rockford needs to help improve the community.