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Crime Falls in Rock Island

For the eighth year in a row, serious crime fell in Rock Island last year. This week, police chief Jeff VenHuizen gave his annual report to the city council.

The number of murders, criminal sexual assaults, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, thefts, car thefts, and arsons dropped 19 per cent from the previous year. And violent offenses dropped 29 per cent - including murder, manslaughter, rape, and aggravated assault.
VenHuizen thinks one reason for the improvement is his department's partnerships in the community. 

Credit RI Police Dept.
RI Police Dept.
RI Police Chief Jeff VenHuizen

He also credits a greater emphasis on crime analysis.


Identify crime prone areas and people most likely to commit crime.

The chief also points to the hard work of his officers, and special units including crime suppression and downtown patrols.


A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.