ROCKFORD - Worry is growing
Crystal Douglas set
up her coffee shop, Wired Caf, in
"I've had different
customers come in and say that they feel comfortable knowing that they're down
here, that they have a presence," said
"You see them ride by and people wave at them."
Now with the patrol
"A young kid held a
gun to a girl and took some of her money," said
"The nightshift M3 is going to still be together," said Block. "But the day shift one will be disbanded temporarily until the department's brought up to where our manpower strength is better."
Block says although the disbanding is "temporary," he's doesn't see the patrol coming back in the near future. He says he believes the lack of officers stems from the police department's testing procedures. Block comments that he doesn't understand how hundreds can apply to be officers, yet only a handful actually gets the job.
"I have requested as a labor rep, information from the fire and police commission on their testing," said Block.
"It seems awful suspicious to us that we can't get a hiring list of qualified candidates."