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It pays to be proactive

We commend Dixon Police for promoting firearms safety and refocusing their efforts to thwart street crimes. Such proactivity serves and protects the community.

The Dixon Police Department has engaged in two proactive programs recently that should lead to positive results.

In early April, police officers spoke to about 100 eighth-graders at Reagan Middle School. The topic? Firearms safety.

Police chose that subject in response to a recent shooting incident in Rock Falls where two teenagers were handling a gun and it went off, killing one of them.

Dixon officers covered various aspects of firearms safety and took questions.

Students left the session with more information about firearms safety than they had before. Forewarned of the dangers, the eighth-graders are forearmed should they ever encounter a situation where a gun is produced.

Separately, Dixon Police decided to try something new in the fight against illegal drugs.

About 4 months ago, a pilot program was begun to deal with street crimes. Several officers worked the pilot street crimes division and discovered the new setup was more efficient than when patrol officers handled it as part of their regular duties.

During the trial run, the team executed 10 search warrants. Police also arrested a man whom they believe is a major heroin dealer.

Those results led the department this month to create a permanent division to focus on street crimes. A sergeant was placed in charge, and two officers will work beneath him.

We look forward with anticipation to hearing about the division’s future activities.

Proactive programs on street crimes and firearms safety help to protect and serve the community.

We commend Dixon Police officers for their enterprise.

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