The Rochester Police Department began working under a new, reorganized five-section police model Monday, city officials stated. The RPD has been organized into five patrol sections, including the Lake Section; Genesee Section; Goodman Section; Clinton Section; and Central/Downtown Section.
Mayor Lovely Warren said she changed the RPD’s structure in order to put more officers back into city neighborhoods.
“Today marks the start of our neighborhood-based patrol model, solidifying our commitment to building strong relationships between the men and women of the Rochester Police Department, and the citizens they serve,” Mayor Warren stated. “Both the community and our officers asked for this change, had input in the process, and I am confident that the new model will help us work together to reduce crime in our community.”
The department’s new model will change from the two-division model former Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy implemented in 2004. Prior to that, the department had been divided into a similar neighborhood-beat structure, with a seven-patrol section model.
Under the new model, RPD officials said officers will walk beats in neighborhoods, positively interacting with residents as much as possible. However, there will be no additional officers added to the force.
“We know that simply redrawing lines on a map cannot produce real change,” RPD Police Chief Michael Ciminelli stated. “Today marks a significant change in culture, and we’re looking forward to engaging the community, and our officers, more actively under the neighborhood-based patrol model.”
The actual price tag of the RPD’s reorganization was over $4 million, however, according to the city, the department’s expected operational costs will be about $300,000 annually.
Police Union President Michael Mazzeo had initially expressed concerns regarding the reorganization, and stated that, without physical police stations within each area to which the officers can report, the new model likely wouldn’t work.
However, according to Ciminelli, although each section does not currently have its own station, the department may consider adding stations to the model in the future.
Visit www.cityofrochester.gov/rpdreorganization, for additional information regarding the new model.