Winnebago County
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Knock Out Crime

"Knock Out Crime" represents a cooperative crime prevention initiative started in Winnebago County. From our local law enforcement and criminal justice community, to our neighborhood watch groups and everyday citizens, it's going to take all of us working together to create a safer community. In addition to chief elected officials (mayors, village presidents, outlying village police chiefs, and the county board chairman), the following organizations are working together to combat crime and make the streets in Winnebago County safer.

  • Rockford Police Department
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Neighborhood Watch Groups
  • Winnebago County
  • Winnebago County Sheriff's Police and Winnebago County Corrections
  • Winnebago County Justice Center
  • Winnebago County Health Department
  • Winnebago County Animal Services
  • Winnebago County Building, Zoning and Mapping
  • Crimestoppers  
  • 211 Call Center/United Way of Rock River Valley
  • 911 Communications Center/Rockford Fire Department
  • Village of Machesney Park Police Department
  • Village of New Milford Police Department
  • Winnebago County Forest Preserve District
  • Rockford Scanner 

Starting with a Public Safety Summit in early 2013, our local police, sheriff, and county convened to discuss how to combat crime. Out of that meeting, 11 key action items were put in place for public safety in Winnebago County. Through cooperative policing and best practices, our local criminal justice leaders, law enforcement agencies and elected officials are dedicated and determined to KNOCK OUT CRIME for safer streets.

How can you get involved? Neighborhood Watch groups are a smart way citizens can help protect the safety of their community.  Active Neighborhood Watch groups decrease the chances of victimization. Get involved in Rockford Neighborhood Network, search for your Neighborhood Watch Group, or contact Crimestoppers  to report suspicious activity!  To start or join a Neighborhood Watch group, please email or visit

Knock Out Crime Contact Information:

Phone: 815-516-2800

Help Line:  2-1-1

All unsafe vacant structure concerns should now be reported to the Winnebago County Neighborhood Code Enforcement, Knock Out Crime Program, located at 555 N. Court St. Rm 222, Telephone 815-516-2800, or


Winnebago County
404 Elm Street
Rockford, IL 61101
OFC: (815) 319-4444

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