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Sheriff Contract Will Continue Excellent Safety Record

In September, Winnebago County Forest Preserve District commissioners approved a new contract with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department for police service to provide the preserve district with two full-time deputies on patrol year round, and five reserve deputies to make rounds through the preserves during busy warm weather months. WCFPD has contracted with the sheriff’s department for law enforcement services since 1997. The district will continue to employ Terry Nordberg as Law Enforcement Manager to coordinate police coverage. Nordberg is pleased with the one-year contract and is confident that the deputies assigned to WCFPD will be able to maintain the district’s excellent safety record. “We are very proud that there have been no violent crimes in the forest preserves, and we are conscientious about the need for our patrols to be visiting all preserves to insure proper use of the preserves and maintain a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all who visit,” says Nordberg. Deputies patrol the preserves and trails in a number of ways including patrol cars, on foot, bicycles and snowmobiles.

Your help is needed! WCFPD law enforcement relies heavily on the cooperation and assistance of forest preserve visitors to effectively respond to concerns in the preserves. If you experience a security problem, or see unsafe or suspicious activity taking place in a preserve, please call 815/877-6100 to report it.  If it is after business hours please call 815/282-2600.  If it is a life-threatening emergency call 911.