Rockford Park District Police Chief Theo Glover has been at the department for the last 8 years.
“I’ve been able to come in and look at some things that needed attention, and create some initiatives I’ve been thinking about since I’ve been in law enforcement.” said Glover.
Before taking over in 2011, he spent 24 years as a Rockford Police Officer.
“That police department and the guys there, we’re still friends, we still communicate. Chief O’Shea and I still communicate. But, it was time for me to move on.” said Glover.
Throughout his time there, Glover had a few different partners. However, there’s only one that still holds a special place in his heart.
“In the academy, they tell you one of the things they would like you not do, is befriend another officer, because the potential is great that something major will happen, and it will take a major toll on you.” said Glover, “But to know Kevin Rice, there’s no way that you wouldn’t be able to be a friend.”
Kevin Rice was killed in the line of duty in 2001. It’s a day Glover will never forget.
“We were like brothers.”
Though it’s been 18 years since Kevin’s been gone, Glover still uses their ideas to help lead the Park District Police Department today.
“As I forged on after that, I imparted a lot of the things Kevin and I had talked about in wanting to see in an officer, and what type of officer we want to put out into the community.” said Glover.
That shows in his leadership.
“Being with the city before in his position, he was privileged with a lot of different programs they had that he was able to bring over to this department to make us better.” said Sergeant Chad Potenziani.
Chief Theo Glover, inspiring 815, by remembering a special bond to motivate a special mission
“I’m better because I knew Kevin Rice, and because he was a part of my life.” said Glover.