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Eagle Eye Park Watch Program

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What is Eagle Eye Park Watch?

The Rockford Park District Police are asking residents who live around a neighborhood park to keep an eye on activities and report any suspicious activity at once. Be alert and report vandalism, safety hazards, fires, crime, and undesirable activities occurring in your neighborhood park.
 
You are asked to be our eyes and ears, take responsibility for your own and your neighbors' security, and know and work with the Park Police to protect your neighborhood, your parks, and most important - your children!

With everyone watching, vandalism and criminal activities won't stand a chance in our parks! We encourage you to participate, and we'd be happy to meet with you or your neighborhood association to talk about what to look for and how you can help.


What to look for...

All that is needed are your eyes, your ears, a little of your time, and a lot of caring about the well being of your park.

Criminals are aware of those areas being watched by people taking an active role in a crime prevention program, such as Eagle Eye Park Watch. These criminals knowing that residents are alert and willing to report their activities to the police are less likely to operate in these areas. Together, we can drive undesirable activities out of our parks.

Sex Offenders and Child Predators

Sex offenders and child predators know where to find children to victimize, often children are playing unsupervised at their neighborhood park. Most children, while playing, are not aware of the dangers around them. It is up to us to recognize and report all suspicious persons and vehicles hanging around children in teh parks. Don't be afraid to report anything that doesn't "look right" to you - your instincts are usually right. The Park Police would rather check out the "wrong" person than to have to tell a parent their child is missing.

Vehicle Burglaries

Remember, when you park your vehicle, put valuables in the trunk and lock your doors!

Burglary to vehicles is the most frequent property crime in the parks. Watch for people "hanging around" parking lots looking into vehicles.

Vandalism

Vandalism is another high incident crime. When park property is damaged, it is your tax dollars that pay for the repairs or to replace the damaged items. It is important that all acts of vandalism be reported immediately to the Park Police. Watch for things like buildings and signs being spray-painted, trash dumping, vehicles being driven on the grass, and windows or doors being damaged. We'd like to have gang graffiti removed within a day.

Gang-Related Concerns

Contact Officer Jose Olivencia and Officer Jason Parada at 815-987-8874.

Drug and Liquor Violations

The illegal use of liquor and drugs hurts everyone. Whenever you suspect the illegal use of drugs or any use of liquor, report it immediately to the Park Police.

Other things to watch for:

  • Fires
  • Fighting or harassment
  • Misuse of playground equipment
  • Broken and unsafe equipment
  • Loose dogs in the park
  • Littering or garbage dumping
  • Violation of park closing hours

Crime Reporting

Report the crime immediately! - Just a five minute delay means the chances of catching the perpetrator drops by almost half.

  • Keep calm
  • Speak clearly and slowly
  • Give a complete description of the suspect
  • Give a complete description of the vehicle (make, model, license plate)
  • Do not hang up the phone until told to do so

When describing a person, try to remember the following facts:

  • Male or Female
  • Race
  • Clothing
  • Approximate Age
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Hair Color
  • Unusual characteristics
  • Weapon involved
  • Which direction he/she went

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Committed to Your Safety and Security

The Rockford Park District Police coordinate their efforts so that all of you can safely enjoy our parks, facilities and programs.

Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: 815.966.2900
Community Services: 815.987.8874


Command Staff

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Theo Glover

Chief of Police

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Teri Johnson

Detective

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Leo Roganowicz

Event/Patrol Sergeant

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Scott Vincent

Patrol Sergeant

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Mark West

Patrol Sergeant

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Lisa Hodges

Community Services Officer

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Patrol/K-9 Officer 

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Adminstrative Assistant

 

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Rockford Park District police asks residents who live around a neighborhood park to keep an eye on activities and report any suspicious activity. Be alert and report vandalism, safety hazards, fires, crime, and undesirable activities occurring in your neighborhood parks.

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Path Etiquette

Rockford Park District police enforce rules of common courtesy to be used on all Rockford Park District paths and trails. These rules are designed for the safety and enjoyment of everyone using the paths and trails.

For the safety and enjoyment of everyone using the paths, please follow these simple rules of common courtesy:

  1. Slower traffic should stay to the right. Pass only on the left, and only when your line of vision is unrestricted.

  2. Please leave room on the path for others to pass. Single file is the best procedure for groups of people on busy days.

  3. If you walk your dog on a path, keep it on a short leash at all times. Always clean up after your dog. Some preserves and nature areas prohibit dogs, so check regulations.

  4. Please use the trash and recycle bins - don't litter.

  5. Bicyclists should always ride on the right-hand side of the path except when passing on the left from behind. A polite call of "passing on your left" can help warn others of your approach.

  6. Bicyclists should always ride under control and watch their speed.


About Us

Mission Statement: The members of the Rockford Park District Police Department will help people enjoy life by deterring crime and maintaining safe parks.

Patrols: The police department patrols all parks and facilities. They utilize several special vehicles in order to increase the effectiveness of their patrol function. In addition to marked police squads, the department deploys ATV's, bicycles, Segways, and snowmobiles to enhance their ability to patrol. Snowmobile patrols take place during the winter months. The police also have a Snowmobile Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.). This team responds to emergencies in 4 counties throughout Northern Illinois.

Events and Facility Security: The police department provides security and police protection for over 500 events a year. We station officers at most major facilities throughout the hours of operation for your protection and safety. This community-oriented policing has proven to be very successful in maintaining the high level of safety and security. Park Police presence keeps problems and trouble from developing rather than responding after something occurs.

Community Services: The police department has a crime prevention program called the "Eagle Eye" Park Watch Program. We also conduct many educational programs; call our Community Services Officer, Lisa Leombruni, at 815-987-8874 for more information about safety classes for schools and neighborhood groups and programs.

Educational Programs:

  • Snowmobile Safety
  • Bicycle Safety

Purchasing

Rockford Park District Invitation for Bid Postings

Solicitations are available several ways:

  • By registering with DemandStar
  • If you are not registered with DemandStar, click here to view the current bid list
  • You may call the Purchasing Department Office at 815.969.4062 to arrange for the pick up of a bid packet between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding government holidays. We are located at the Webbs Norman Center, 401 S. Main Street, STE 119, Rockford, Illinois, 61101-1321

Current Prevailing Wage Rates

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Purchasing Staff

Jacki Minnihan, Purchasing Manager
815-969-4094
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Cyndi Thompson - Buyer
815-969-4061
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Debbie Brooks - Purchasing & Records Specialist
815-969-4062
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Pam Lindstrom - Central Stores Supervisor
815-987-8849
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Purchasing Fax: 815-987-1592

 

Executive Leadership Team

Jay Sandine Jay Sandine, Executive Director
Operations
815-969-4072
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Laurie Anderson Laurie Anderson, Superintendent of Operations
Recreation

815-987-1614
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Lori Berkes Nelson

Lori Berkes-Nelson, Foundation Director

Fund Development

815-987-1675
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Penny Christians Penny Christians, Chief Financial Officer
815-987-8882
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Theo Glover, Chief of Police

815-987-8698

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Rhashonda Williams, Superintendent of Human Resources

815-987-8801

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Jenny Stauffer

Jenny Johnson, Executive Coordinator

Director's Office
815-987-8826

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Danielle Potter

Danielle Potter, Operations Director

Recreation

815-987-1628
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David Spencer

David Spencer, Operations Director

815-969-6037
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Jessica Steinberg

Jessica Steinberg, Operations Director

Operations

815-969-4087
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Vision

For the Rockford Park District to be the best urban park and recreation system in North America, as measured by national standards and the citizens we serve.

Mission

To 'help people enjoy life' by providing a quality park and recreation system.

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