Rockford… Recognizing the need to review performance standards governing the professionalism of law enforcement agencies and officers in the 21st century, Illinois legislators created the Commission on Police Professionalism as part of the monumental police reform package that was signed into law back in August.
Local Rockford Police Officer Aurelio DeLaRosa was selected to serve on the Commission. State Representative John M. Cabello (R-Machesney Park) nominated Officer DeLaRosa for the position based off his accomplishments and knowledge in police training and standards.
“Officer DeLaRosa has established himself as an elite professional who understands and embraces the challenge police officers face on a daily basis,” said Rep. Cabello. “The Commission will examine all aspects of law enforcement as Illinois looks forward to setting the national standard. I am committed to the hard working families and heard their call to overhaul our entire criminal justice system. I am confident Officer DeLaRosa’s experiences will truly benefit the Commission and thank him for accepting this important position.”
The Commission has been tasked to meet regularly to review the current training and certification process for law enforcement officers in Illinois. Officer DeLaRosa stated he was ready to undertake this new responsibility.
“I look forward to taking on this new challenge and recognize the challenges this Commission will be tasked with,” said Officer DeLaRosa. “This may be a new area for me, but as a 25 year veteran of the Rockford Police Department actively working on the street, I believe my experience and knowledge will provide some positive insight to the Commission and its members.”
Furthermore, the Commission will review the duties of the various types of law enforcement officers, including auxiliary officers, review the standards for the issuance of badges, shields, and other police and agency identification, and examine whether law enforcement officers should be licensed.
Rockford Police Department Interim Chief Patrick Hoey was pleased to hear of the selection.
“Officer DeLeRosa is a talented member of the Rockford Police Department and has been for many years,” said Interim Chief Hoey. “He has served with distinction in our training unit and has been integral in training of our new officers and the in-service of our other officers. He’s knowledgeable on current practices, procedures and standards of police training. I fully support him being selected for this Commission and know he will represent the police officers in the State of Illinois and the City of Rockford to the best of his ability.”
The Commission will submit a report of its findings and legislative recommendations to the General Assembly and Governor on or before January 31, 2016.