Rockford leaders hope crime survey can help make future improvements

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford leaders want to know what you think about crime in the city.

The city is asking residents and workers to fill out a survey. It’s meant to gauge the perception of crime in the Forest City.

The survey was also done in 2017. This time around, organizers hope the ten minute survey can show them any changes and help make any improvements.

“Different parts of town have different needs,” said Marlana Dokken, Regional Grants Program Manager of Region 1 Planning Council. “It’s a good idea for us to know what the community thinks what they want from the police.”

In the 2017 survey, residents said police should focus on robberies, shootings and gang activity.

Kristen Williams says she left Rockford to get away from the crime.

“I’m not too worried about petty crime or if someone isn’t wearing a seat belt,” Williams said. “I’m more worried about people giving out drugs and selling drugs that are causing the violence. People out there robbing and killing. That’s what my biggest concern is.”

Nearly half the respondents of the 2017 survey said they were satisfied with policing, but wanted to see more patrols in their neighborhoods on a daily basis.

Rockford Police Deputy Chief John Pozzi says the survey helps them know how police are performing.

“Really dial down into the data, see what it tells us, look for areas and avenues in which we can improve our services to the entire community,” Pozzi said.

David Bohren is the landlord of a home on Summit Street, near the scene of a fatal Tuesday shooting. He plans on taking the survey.

“It’s nice to know that an area that I can’t keep an eye on, you know, my opinion might actually count for a little more crime enforcement, things like that,” Bohren said.

In 2017, only 1,300 residents filled out the survey, but this year’s count is already at 1,200.

“For residents who want their voice heard and we do need to hear the voice of the residents, the community voice is important,” Dokken said.

“They are our customers and we are their service provider,” Pozzi said. “They are our true gauge as to how well we are doing out there.”

While survey organizers urge everyone to take the survey, they especially want respondents in zip codes 61101 and 61102.

The Region 1 Planning Council will also be at Washington Park Center this Saturday from 1-3 p.m. to facilitate the process for those who need computer access.

The survey can be found here and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Responses are needed by June 23rd.

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