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Police Department



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1013 7th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071
Phone: 815.622.1140
Fax:  815.622.1144


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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.

Patrol Officer Application




Mission Statement

We will improve the quality of life within our community through effective partnerships, which are committed to education, intervention, and prevention.

K-9 Program

Crimestoppers/Unsolved Crimes

K-9 Program

Sr. Patrolman Jeremy Vondra and K-9 Nero

In February 2010 the Rock Falls Police Department suddenly lost its Police K-9 Axle to prostate cancer. The department went for approx. a year without a K-9. In the summer of 2010 the Rock Falls Police Department started receiving donations from the citizens, business and organizations of Rock Falls and the surrounding communities for the purchase of a new police K-9. By March of 2011 the department had received over $12,000.00 in donations. With this funding the department would be able to purchase a K-9 and send it and the officer to the certification training that is required by State law.

Four officers within the department expressed interest in becoming the next K-9 Officer.  The officers were evaluated on their backgrounds, police training, accomplishments within the department and family life. The K-9 will become like a member of your family so a stable and caring and understanding family life will be required.

Jeremy Vondra became a Police Officer with the Rock Falls Police Department in December of 2003. In October of 2005, Ofc. Vondra was selected and certified as a Special Response Team Member with newly formed Rock Falls Police Special Response Team. He was later selected as an Assistant Team Leader for the SRT team. In October of 2007, Ofc. Vondra was selected and certified as a Field Training Officer for the department training newly appointed recruits for the department. In October of 2008 Officer Vondra was appointed to Senior Patrolman. On September 3, 2013, Officer Vondra was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

In July of 2011 one and half year old German Sheppard from Germany named Nero was selected by Sr. Patrolman Vondra. In August of 2011, Sr. Patrolman Vondra and Nero were sent to the Illinois State Police Academy in Springfield Illinois. After ten weeks of intense training, Sr. Patrolman Vondra and Nero will graduate from the Academy on November 4th 2011. They will hit the street on November 9th 2011.

Nero fits the needs of the Rock Falls Police Department perfectly. He is very social, and yet works well when called upon to do so. He is a full service police dog. He assists officers in building searches, area searches, tracking of suspects and missing persons and narcotics detection. Nero is trained to locate five different types of narcotics. Sr. Patrolman Jeremy Vondra and Nero continue to train together on a daily basis. As with any other officer, Nero's function in the department is to help maintain a safe and orderly environment for the citizens of Rock Falls to live in. His ability to find narcotics, apprehend felony suspects, and locate missing people helps the department achieve this goal. His mere presence is a deterrent to those who might jeopardize the safety of our citizens and its police officers. To those who do no wrong, Nero is a welcome friend.


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.

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.


Offender Watch

OffenderWatch is the nation's leading registered sex offender management and community notification tool.  Whiteside County's law enforcement utilizes OffenderWatch to manage and monitor the whereabouts, conduct and compliance status of the registered offenders in Whiteside County.  OffenderWatch provides the most accurate and timely information available and now this information is available to you!



Crimestoppers/Unsolved Crimes

Beware of scams in our area. If you have questions, please contact the police department. If you have any information please call the Rock Falls Police Department. 815.622.1140. 



Crime prevention cannot be achieved by the police along.  Professional law enforcement officers must work hand-in-hand with the public to fight crime and neighborhood disorder throughout our communities.  So, we depend heavily on your assistance in reporting crimes to the police.  The following e-mail is provided for your use and convenience.




Michael Kuelper, Chief of Police

Tammy Nelson, Operations Commander
Doug Coppotelli, Administrative Commander

Detective Division:
Jay Koett, Detective Sergeant
Dave Pilgrim, Detective

Sergeant Division:
Mark Davis, Patrol Sergeant
Jeremy Vondra, Patrol Sergeant
Doug Wolber, Patrol Sergeant
Veronica Jaramillo, Patrol Sergeant

Patrol Division:
John Cater, Patrol officer
Betony Kilberg, Patrol officer
Sara Hartz, Patrol officer
James Hollaway, Patrol officer
Jarrett Ludwig, Patrol officer
Chad Hermes, Patrol officer
Steven Garrison, Patrol officer
Julia Signer, Patrol officer                                                                           Scott Allspaugh, Patrol officer


Katie Pilgrim, Telecommunicator
Pamela Henderson, Telecommunicator
Jasmine McKenna, Telecommunicator
Autumn Day, Telecommunicator
Kari Anderson, Telecommunicator
Joy Colberg, Records Clerk

Community Services Officer:

Amy Stoeckel, Community Services Officer





603 W. 10th Street • Rock Falls, Illinois 61071 • 815.622.1100


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