Stateline police departments join forces in a new record system

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A new record management system is in the future for law enforcement across the stateline. On Monday, Rockford City Council approved the intergovernmental agreement. The next system comes on the tails of the current one’s contract expiration.

“At that time, it was an opportunity for us to come together and purchase the new system,” City of Rockford, 12th Ward Alderman John Beck said. “Also, invite all the municipalities to become a part of it.”

The cities of Loves Park, South Beloit and Rockford are in the agreement, along with Rock Valley College, Villages of Cherry Valley, Durand, Pecatonica, Rockton, Roscoe and Winnebago.

“For the first time ever, we’ll have every police department in the county operating under the same record management system,” Information Technology Director of the City of Rockford Glenn Trommels said.

The City of Rockford will take care of the day-to-day operations, but every municipality will help with policy making.

“If we have a better understanding of the crime trends in Rockford or Rockton or Winnebago, closest to us, it will give us a step-up in resolving some of the local issues that we have to and vice versa,” Pecatonica Police Chief Robert Smith said.

Advocates believe the streamlined process will allow them to catch criminals faster.

“Criminals don’t stop at the city, the Rockford jurisdiction or the county jurisdiction or different towns,” Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said. “They’ll go back and forth, they’re very transient.”

“If they’ve done anything bad anywhere within Winnebago County, they will access that information right away,” Glenn Trommels said.

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