Rockford Police Chief Set to Retire April 30
First and foremost: Rockford Scanner wants to wish Chief O’Shea a happy and prosperous retirement. Even though you took away our airwaves, you still did a good job. We are proud of you and your department. Keep up the good work. Enjoy the retirement in warmer weather. ~ Rickie
ROCKFORD, Ill. – After five years as Chief of the Rockford Police Department, Dan O’Shea has announced he will retire on April 30.
“I’m proud of the progress we’ve made in this community over the last five years,” says Chief O’Shea. “My goal when I came to Rockford in 2016 was to focus on building relationships while reducing crime. We are doing that. We are making an incredible and tangible impact with our ROCK Houses and our programs for the area’s youth, and I know that will continue after my retirement.”
“Chief O’Shea has done an incredible job tackling violent crime in our City; building relationships within the police department, with the unions and across the community; and training the future leaders of the department,” says Mayor Tom McNamara. “The Chief should be commended for the progress he made throughout his tenure.”
Since Chief O’Shea’s arrival in 2016 to the end of 2020, there were decreases in crime across the board – property crime by 27 percent, aggravated assault by 42 percent, robberies by 70 percent, and auto thefts by 52 percent. The overall violent crime rate also decreased by 15.7 percent.
During his time as Chief, he has also reprioritized the department’s budget to support initiatives aimed at addressing root causes of our violent crime, including the Mayor’s Office of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention and Camp Hope – a program focused on mentoring children from homes where they are exposed to domestic violence. In addition, he was instrumental in piloting our new Co-Responder Model – where law enforcement and clinicians work together in response to emergency calls that involve a person experiencing a behavioral health crisis. This new model provides law enforcement with appropriate alternatives to arrest.
“I’m grateful for his strong leadership and his dedication to community engagement,” says Mayor McNamara. “I wish him the very best in his retirement.”
The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners will now start the process to hire a new Chief
Just for fun I came across these funny retirement quotes online.
Funny Retirement Quotes
1. Retirement is like coming home one day and telling your wife, honey, I’m home… for good!
2. Retirement is just a never-ending vacation.
3. Think about retirement as being two six-month holidays per year.
4. The best part about retirement is that you don’t have to worry about getting caught for doing nothing.
5. Now Fridays aren’t the best day of the week anymore… they all are!
6. When is a retiree’s bedtime? About 30 minutes after they fall asleep on the couch.
7. I never reveal my age, but I do let people know I’m retired. They can just guess my age from that statement.
8. How do you know it’s time to retire? It’s when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it!
9. I love being a grandparent in retirement. I give my grandkids a lot of sugar and then leave them with their parents to deal with them.
10. Why don’t retirees mind being called seniors? Because the term comes with a 10% discount.
11. Why do retirees smile all the time? Because they can’t hear a word you are saying!
12. I wish I could reveal my age, but I just can’t. It keeps changing all the time.
13. Just when the wife thinks they got rid of their kids for living in the house, the husband decides to retire.
14. During your work life you pick up a lot of bad habits… like working.
15. The world’s longest coffee break is often referred to as retirement.
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