Rockford Police

Rockford Housing Authority leaders have a plan they hope will make the city’s public housing a better place for to live.

Officers from the Rockford Police Department patrol the city’s public schools. Now the Rockford Housing Authority wants a similar arrangement for its housing developments.

Like the school district, the housing authority would pay for the program: it would cost around $900,000 a year to hire and equip the seven member police unit.

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Rockford police suspect four people found dead after a weekend house fire were victims of a homicide.  

A house on 2815 Garfield Drive caught fire Saturday, and the bodies of 27-year-old Keandra Austin and her three children ( 6-year-old Keeryn Austin, 9-year-old Deangalo Totty, and 6-month-old Aliya Beasley-Austin) were found in the wreckage.

Autopsies conducted by the Winnebago County Coroner's Office were inconclusive on the cause of death.  

An overnight vigil honoring local law enforcement and the slain Dallas police officers will be held in a downtown Rockford church beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday.

The names of all City of Rockford law enforcement officers will be read hourly to honor them for their service.

The public is invited to attend and stand watch for as long as they would like during the event in the historic Court Street Methodist Church.

The Rockford Police and Fire Department Chaplains Division is hosting the event, which will run through noon Friday.

Rockford Police Department

One of three men in the running to become Rockford’s next police chief has dropped out.

Racine, Wisconsin Chief Art Howell was given a contract extension to keep him in his current position.

The two remaining candidates are Rockford Assistant deputy chief Doug Pann and Dan O’Shea of the Elgin Police Department. They met with the public Tuesday at a forum in Rockford.

Finalists in the search for a new Rockford Police Chief will be announced early next week, according to the Rockford Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.

The new chief will fill the position left vacant by Chet Epperson, who retired last November.

With the help of search firm IOS Solutions, the board is winnowing the 26 qualified applicants. The board is scheduled to review applications and select three or four finalists at its meeting next Monday. 

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