- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Police in Rockford are trying a new way to stop crime.

The Rockford Register Star reports (http://bit.ly/1e7l5fX) that ten officers on Sunday staffed the first Pilot Police District, or geographic policing effort.

The program encourages officers to go beyond standard patrol work and focus on solving neighborhood crime problems as part of a team assigned to specific areas.

Assistant Deputy Chief Doug Pann is commander of the pilot district. He says if it works crime numbers will begin to fall.

The long-term goal is to divide Rockford into three police districts, each with its own police station and commander.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com

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