News Release - Mayor Warren Announces Partnership to Strengthen Body Worn Camera Program

City of Rochester

News Release

(Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren today announced that the City has entered a partnership with the Coalition for Police Reform – Community Justice Advisory Board to strengthen the Rochester Police Department’s Body Worn Camera Program (BWC) through an open and transparent exchange of information.

“This unprecedented partnership will increase public confidence in the Body Worn Camera Program and make it an even more effective tool,” said Mayor Warren. “I am grateful to the Coalition for Police Reform – Community Justice Advisory Board for this willingness to work hand-in-hand with the Rochester Police Department to improve public safety, which helps us create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for all of our citizens.”

“The Community Justice Advisory Board Initiative is the first of its kind in New York State,” said Rev. Lewis Stewart, co-chair of the Coalition. “Mayor Lovely Warren and the Coalition for Police Reform partnered together to ensure citizen participation in monitoring the policies and utilization of body-worn cameras by the Rochester Police Department. This cooperation underscores the willingness of all stakeholders to strive and work together to build a better community.”

The Mayor and Coalition members signed a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines the terms of the partnership. Under the agreement, the Rochester Police Department (RPD) and the Coalition will take several steps to ensure the Coalition has expedited access to public information regarding the City’s Body Worn Camera program.

These steps include: Enrolling members of the Coalition in RPD’s Police Training Advisory Committee to learn how the BWC program is administered; expediting Freedom of Information Law requests regarding the BWC program submitted by the Coalition; and scheduling quarterly meetings to discuss the BWC program implementation between Coalition members and Wayne Harris, the Deputy Chief of Community Relations and Engagement. Deputy Chief Harris will be a non-voting member of the Coalition’s governing body.

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