Welcome to the Rock Falls Police Department
As the Chief of Police of the Rock Falls Police Department, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to our website and provide you a brief introduction to our Department.
Contact the Police Department (non-emergency)
Tammy Nelson, Chief of Police
The Rock Falls Non-emergency number is still (815)622-1140. No services have changed, the only difference is the phone will be answered TWINCOM, instead of Rock Falls Police.
The Rock Falls Police Department takes great pride in serving our community of approximately 9,000 residents. We are committed to providing the highest quality of police service in a professional and courteous manner.
We are committed to keeping our city safe by responding to the needs of the community and engaging in proactive enforcement, intervention and prevention strategies. This includes staying involved and working closely with our schools, businesses and community groups.
The Rock Falls Police Department frequently speaks to local businesses, banks, schools, and any other agency that request our service. This enhances our efforts to educate the community on what it is we do and forge a stronger trust and bond with the citizens of Rock Falls.
As you visit this website, it is my hope that you will become more educated about the Rock Falls Police Department. I also encourage your suggestions, as well as your concerns or comments and invite you to contact me at 815-622-1140.
Tammy J. Nelson, Chief of Police
Police Department Staff
The Rock Falls Police Department employs a staff of 25. Command staff includes Chief of Police, Operations Commander, Administrative Commander and an Administrative Assistant. Patrol Staff includes 4 Patrol Sergeants and 12 Patrol Officers. Investigations staff includes 1 Detective Sergeant and 2 Detectives. The Department also employs 2 police/records clerks.
Rock Falls Police Legal Corner
- Primary Seat Belt Law
Vehicles may now be stopped on an officer’s observed violation of seat belt usage by the driver and/or front seat passenger. This law is effective immediately.
- Graduated Drivers License
The Illinois Vehicle Code was amended to prohibit a graduated driver’s license holder under the age of 18 when (s)he receives the license to operate a motor vehicle with more than one passenger in the vehicle under the age of 20 for the first six months (s)he holds the license or until (s)he reaches the age of 18 (whichever occurs first). An exception to the single-passenger-under-the-age-of-20 rule applies if the additional passenger or passengers are siblings, step-siblings, children, or stepchildren of the driver. This law is effective January 1, 2004.
- Child Passenger Protection Act
Senate Bill 52 amended the Child Passenger Protect Act to require that a person transporting a child under the age of eight (rather than four) is responsible for properly securing the child in an appropriate child restraint system. An “appropriate child restraint system” includes a booster seat.A child weighing more than 40 pounds may be transported in the back seat of a motor vehicle while wearing only a lap belt if the back seat of the motor vehicle is not equipped with a combination lap and shoulder belt.A person who transports a child eight years of age or older, but under the age of 16, is responsible for properly securing that child in seat belts.The parent or legal guardian of a child under the age of eight years must provide child restraint system to any person who transports his or her child. Any person who transports the child of another is not in violation of the law unless the child restraint system provided by the parent or legal guardian was not used to transport the child. This law is effective January 1, 2004.
Victim Notification Program
The link below is a universal resource locator for the Homeland Security Investigations Victim Notification Program. HSI administers the Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien’s release from custody.
Sex Offender Information
The Rock Falls Police Department is cooperating with the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department in a local sex offender registration and public notification website called “Offender Watch”. All sex offenders in Whiteside County registered by any law enforcement agency will be listed on this site. Citizens may search the web site for potentially dangerous sex offenders and predators in close proximity to their homes. A citizen may enter any address into the site and see a map and listing of all sex offenders within a radius of .25 miles out to 2 miles. The address can be registered to be continuously monitored by the sheriff and an email alert will be sent to the citizen if an offender registers at an address within the specified radius.
Offender Watch is the nation’s leading registered sex offender management and community notification tool. Whiteside County’s law enforcement utilizes Offender Watch to manage and monitor the whereabouts, conduct and compliance status of the registered offenders in Whiteside County. Offender Watch provides the most accurate and timely information available and now this information is available to you!
The Safe Passage Initiative is a police deflection program which offers assistance to those who are voluntarily seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.
The first step of entering the program is to enter a participating Law Enforcement Agency. (Rock Falls, Dixon, Sterling Police Departments and Lee and Whiteside County Sheriff Department) Tell them you are there for assistance with your substance disorder and need help. Drugs and paraphernalia can be turned into the police department without fear of being arrested. An officer or program coordinator will then assist you in completing the necessary paperwork to enter the program and a background check is completed. Upon the completion of paperwork you will be connected with a treatment facility for an over the phone assessment to determine if you are a fit for that facility. Safe passage has a partnership with medical detox facilities, inpatient facilities and outpatient facilities. These facilities do not guarantee a bed.
*If an individual has an active warrant for their arrest, they will need to take care of any outstanding warrants before placement into treatment is an option.
The City of Rock Falls has adopted an Administrative Adjudication Process as an alternative to Circuit Court. This process allows appeal of a wide range of municipal Ordinance complaints. All hearings are held at the Rock Falls City council chambers, on the third Tuesday of every month starting at 8:30 a.m. They are intended to expedite resolutions, reduce litigation expenses, and allow the Circuit Court to focus on more serious allegations.
An Administrative Hearing is a civil (not a criminal) proceeding. Persons found liable through an adjudication process may only be fined and /or ordered to comply with the City Code. Under the Administrative Hearing system an Administrative Hearing Officer determines if ordinance citations are valid. The following list contains the types of cases that may be heard in an Administrative Adjudication Process:
- Parking Tickets
- Curfew Violations
- Nuisance Violations
- Alcohol and Tobacco Violations
- Property Maintenance Violations
- Building Code Violations
- Fire Code Violations
- Zoning Code Violations
- Applicable Misdemeanor and Petty State Offenses
- Other Municipal Code Violations
City Ordinance Reminders
- Lawns. Keep your lawn cut and don’t blow grass clippings into the roadway.
- No illegal burning. Ordinance allows city residents to have recreational fires in a vessel, fire pit, or fireplace no larger than 6 feet in any dimension. Recreational Fires may be created using small dry sticks, limbs, logs etc. Recreational Fires must be extinguished by 1:00 am. They must be 50 foot from any residence or structure, and there is no burning allowed if the wind is over 10 miles per hour.
- Snow Emergencies. Once a snow emergency has been issued, persons shall park on even-numbered side streets during an even-numbered day of the month, or on an odd-numbered side of the street during an odd-numbered day of the month. Read more on our Street Department page.
Applications for Patrol Officer
The department uses a different application for the position of patrol officer than the City’s standard employment application. Please click on the link below to download it in adobe acrobat format.