Public Forum Addresses Police Reform in Rockford

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Changing the way police work with the community in Rockford: that was the goal of Wednesday’s public forum downtown.

It was a wake up call for a lot of people who are unfamiliar with the new police initiatives coming to communities in the stateline. Litesa Wallace and other state lawmakers took the stage with Mayor Larry Morrissey to talk about how they’ll be enacting some of the policies put forth by the White House to help avoid police-involved deaths.

The group outlined some of the changes that include updating the training regimen police must go through.

“Once you’re in a psychologically, really stressful, difficult situation, you have to rely on your training,” said Mayor Morrissey. “There are so many officers, good people, who got into the field without that training. It’s a recipe for disaster.”

Specifics on police reforms in Rockford will be released during Friday’s RockStat meeting.

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