The Rockford Police Relief Association
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What we do.
The Rockford Police Relief Association was formed March 13, 1906. The purposes of the Association are to develop in its members efficiency, intelligence and skill in the discharge of their duties; to cultivate the moral, intellectual and social well being of its members, their families and dependents; in the interest of a high standard of citizenship, to create a fund for the payment of medical disability and health benefits, directly or through insurance, to the members.
"The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future."
We hope to learn more about our past from the community we serve. If you have any facts, memorabilia, photos, etc. that would be useful to our department history project, please share those with us! We want our department history to be as complete and accurate as possible!
Taped 1984 interview with Chief Folke Bengston.
On November 19th, 1984 Retired Lieutenant Tom Gibbons interviewed Retired Chief Folke Bengston.
Chief Bengston was appointed to the Rockford Police Department on November 15th, 1920. He became Chief of Police in December of 1942 and Retired as Chief on December 31st, 1952.
I recently located the interview on two cassette tapes titled Bengston Tape 1 and Tape 2. It appears there is at least one more tape but it is unknown what may have become of that. I have digitized the tapes and uploaded the file here.
The tape is 1:31 long. (One hour 31 minutes).
At 1:16 (One hour 16 minutes) on the tape Chief Bengston describes how the Rockford Police Relief Pistol Range was acquired.
Sherriff's Capt. John G. Renfro
Traffic Officer Richard "Dick" H. Fry
Detective Bruce Olson
Lieutenant James Mays
The Audit Committee was able to have an on-line meeting today (Tuesday, May 12th, 2020) using the Zoom Meeting Program.
The meeting went well and the committee was able to OK quite a few claims.
In person Audit Committee Meeting have been cancelled for the near future due to the Coronavirus.
We are having the meetings online so your reimbursements are not delayed.
2019 Insurance Reimbursement
This year our investment made $90,557.38. This will be distributed to all retired member who apply for this benefit.
The checks have been mailed.