Rockford crime is back on the rise, especially on the West side.
Battery and shots fired incidents more than tripled from February through March. It went from just 10 in February to 33 last month. Auto thefts more than doubled, jumping to 30. And, police also responded to 59 burglaries/robberies.
Rockford’s soon-to-be-new Police Chief Daniel O’Shea attended Wednesday’s Compstat meeting.
“It’s new to me, [but] I liked [the meeting],” said O’Shea. “I don’t know how its gone in the past, but so far so good.”
O’Shea will be sworn-in as chief at Monday night’s City Council meeting.