The Rockford Department of Public Safety is dedicated to a Community Policing Model that combines with Crime Prevention with Fire and Life safety. All officers within the department are responsible for maintaining an active neighborhood watch group and participate in many community events throughout the year that promote our mission.
We currently have seven Neighborhood Watch groups located throughout Rockford. Neighborhood Watch groups hold an annual meeting each year. During these meetings, neighborhoods organize block parties and garage sales and participate in local fundraisers. Citizens belonging to their neighborhood watch group report criminal and suspicious activity promptly to the police department. If you’re interested in starting a neighborhood watch group in your neighborhood, please contact PSO Ian Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 866-9557.
The Business Watch program helps Rockford merchants work together to prevent crime. The Business Watch provides a forum for businesses to communicate suspicious or criminal activity to other local businesses. Business owners can be notified important information through email. This helps to reduce the risk of additional businesses becoming victimized. If you are a business owner and would like to join the Business Watch program and start receiving email alerts, please contact PSO Ian Graham at email@example.com or (616) 866-9557.
The police department has a live scan fingerprinting device. Currently, the Rockford Public Safety Department only fingerprints citizens within the city limits of Rockford and individuals who are required to submit electronic fingerprints by the Rockford Public Schools. If you meet the criteria, please contact the police department at (616) 866-9557 to schedule an appointment. It will also be helpful if you print the Live Scan Fingerprint Information form before your arrival.
The goal of the Rockford Department of Public Safety D.A.R.E. Program is to provide the students of Rockford with effective and empowering information on resisting negative peer & personal pressure, drugs, alcohol and bad influences. Students are taught to make wise, healthy decisions and form positive friendship foundations. The D.A.R.E. Program reaches 26 fifth-grade classrooms in nine elementary schools as well as seventh and eighth grade classes at two middle schools.
The curriculum is based on a one hour lesson, once a week for ten weeks. The lessons are centered on the harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. Students learn how these industries advertise and the students are taught to be critical thinkers about what they see and hear. Students also learn about peer and personal pressure, good and bad response styles, and get practical exercises in responding to pressure situations in an assertive, healthy way. At the conclusion of the ten week curriculum, each student prepares and presents a D.A.R.E. essay to their peers. The essay is centered on the topics discussed in class and how they will use the information presented throughout their lives. The best male and female essay from each classroom is presented at their school’s D.A.R.E. graduation.
The middle school curriculum is a ten lesson program. The D.A.R.E. Officer meets with the students an hour each day for two weeks to discuss how to deal with the pressure to use illegal substances. Rockford D.A.R.E. also provides half-hour personal and home safety lessons for students in the K-4 grades. In addition, we offer lessons on bullying, prescription drug abuse and internet safety for both students and parents.
D.A.R.E. Officer Jason Bradley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 866-9557.
Car Seat Inspections
The Rockford Department of Public Safety has partnered up with Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids to have Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians available to help make sure your child is riding safely in the car. Generally, the car seat inspections are held on the third Monday, every other month from Noon-3:30 pm at the Rockford Department of Public Safety. The Algoma Township Fire Department hosts inspections on the months not covered by the Rockford Department of Public Safety. Additional sites for inspection can be found by visiting the Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids Website. Appointments can also be made for an inspection by contacting the department at (616) 866-9557.
Call Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or toll free at 866-774-2345, 24/7 with information about serious crimes in your community. You will never be asked your name. Instead you will be given a special code number, called a tip number that is special only to you. Be sure to save your tip number because you will need it to give more information about your tip and to claim any reward that may be offered.
If your tip needs immediate assistance it’s best that you call 616-774-2345 or 911. Although web and text tips are monitored frequently, they are not always seen within minutes so it’s best to call. When giving a tip we need ALL the pertinent information like full names, age, full address, what the crime is, when it is occurring, vehicle info, etc. The more information you can give will assist police in their investigation.
The Rockford Department of Public Safety supports the OK2SAY program. This program enables students to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activities involving students or school employees. OK2SAY’s focus is on early intervention and prevention, acting as an early warning system to thwart school tragedies before they occur.
Students an others will be able to submit tips 24/7 by telephone, text, email, mobile application, and via a web-based form on the OK2SAY website at www.michigan.gov/ok2say. Tips can be filed on a wide range of issues, including: planned school attacks, weapons at school, assault, bullying/cyberbullying, threats, gang activity, and more. For more information or to make a confidential report go to OK2SAY’s website at www.michigan.gov/ok2say.
Unused Medication Drop-off
The Rockford Department of Public Safety is participating in the West Michigan Take Back Meds campaign, which is working to keep contamination out of Michigan’s waterways. Unused medication can be dropped off at the Public Safety Department at any time during normal business hours. If you need to dispose of unused medication please contact the Non-Emergency Number (616) 866-9557 and a Public Safety Officer will meet you at the department.
Project Lifesaver International (PLI) helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce the potential for serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other related disorders. PLI provides equipment, training, and certification to law enforcement agencies nationwide.
The Rockford Department of Public Safety partnered with Project Lifesaver in 2008. The Rockford Department of Public Safety is working with the Kent County Sherrif’s Department and the Kent County Autism Society to enroll children and adults that have a tendency to walk away or get lost.
Project Lifesaver clients wear a bracelet that constantly emits a radio frequency. When someone is missing, family members can call their local law enforcement agency and give them the frequency number for the bracelet. Law enforcement then keys in the code and sets their equipment to track down the missing individual. More information can be obtained by contacting the Rockford Department of Public Safety at (616) 866-9557 or by checking out www.projectlifesaver.us.
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