ROCKFORD (WREX) – The Rockford Police Department celebrated the first graduation for a new program that focuses on keeping kids away from criminal behavior.
The Community Based Violence and Interruption Prevention (VIP) Program has Rockford Police officers tutor and mentor at-risk boys between the ages of 11-16 who experienced trauma as a result of violence.
“I appreciate this class for my son because he needed it,” said Gwen Barnett, who is the parent of a child in the VIP Program. “And it’s a class and program that keep our kids off the street. And it’s a good program. If anybody needs this program, this is the program for your children.”
The program, which started in February, had officers help 10 boys during a meeting each week in the District 2 gym.