ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford residents get a chance to learn how police keep them safe.
“I want them to be able to comfortably interact with the police department, know what the police department is about,” said Lieutenant Daniel Watton.
The 10 week class gives residents the chance to learn from local officers.
“They are able to engage with the general public and teach the general public about what we do on a daily basis,” Watton said.
Rockford resident Bonita Harrison attended Wednesday evening’s class because she’s looking for a sense of security.
“It’s just a strange place out there these days and anything can happen,” Harrisson said. “And I just wanted to feel safe and I thought if I knew what the Police were doing and what their presence was around the city it would make me feel better.”
Harrisson says she looks forward to learning more about the department’s inner workings.
“I just feel like so far, I’ve only taken one class this is my second class, I think the curriculum is very interesting,” Harrisson said. “They go through all the different departments of the police.”
One inside tour will give students a firsthand look at a venue not many see.
“They take you to the morgue which will be an interesting class,” Harrisson said.
Classes are held every Wednesday from 6-8:30 p.m. at District One Headquarters. Another academy will be held next Spring.
Lieutenant Watton hopes the sessions help build a bond with those they protect and serve.
“It gives the general public a better understanding of what’s happening when we’re out on calls for service if something does happen to them,” Watton said. “It lets them know how we’re engaging with the community.”