Don't expect the police if you're in a minor car crash in Rockford — they won't send an officer out to the scene.
Instead, starting April 16, those in minor crashes without injuries are asked to call in their crash to the non-emergency number, WREX reports. The police will ask that drivers exchange information and then drive on to the nearest police station to turn in the information.
A news release from the city said the Rockford Police Department answers about 3,500 such calls a year.
Between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays those in a minor crash in Rockford should call 815-966-2900 to report the crash and get instructions. Otherwise, those in minor crashes not between those times can call the number and an officer will come out to the scene.
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The same non-emergency number can be used to ask for an officer for a crash that has an injury, or if there is suspected drug or alcohol use or if a driver is missing insurance or other information.
St. Clair County Sheriffs Department tried a similar tactic a few years ago, said spokesman Bruce Fleshren.
"At that time there was 14 people laid off and a major man shortage," Fleshren said.
Since then, the deputies "respond to all calls and take reports."