ROCHELLE — Rochelle Police Department Officer Matthew Wittenberg is in his 18th year with the department and works day shift.
Wittenberg’s responsibilities in his position include patrol, traffic enforcement and community relations. He spends time on-call for the Ogle County Emergency Response Team and is involved with department firearms training and maintenance.
The RPD officer has a two-year associate’s degree in police science and has spent time at the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois. He has specialized training in emergency response, basic and advanced SWAT (Rockford/Winnebago County), as a police sniper observer (FBI Chicago) and is a firearms instructor and firearms armorer.
In his time away from work, Wittenberg enjoys attending his family’s sporting events such as baseball, softball, swimming, volleyball, basketball and soccer. The Wittenberg family spends a lot of time boating and traveling.
The aspect of policing Wittenberg enjoys most is making a difference in people’s lives.
“I always wanted to be a police officer growing up,” Wittenberg said. “I wanted to serve my community.”
One memorable experience Wittenberg has had in his time at RPD was being able to challenge the fourth graders at Tilton School to a kickball game.
Community support is important to Wittenberg and the department, he said.
“Rochelle PD is continuing to serve during challenging times and we rely on community support to effectively function as a department,” Wittenberg said.