Do The Right Thing Program

DTRT Logo 2018The goal of the Do the Right Thing Awards Program is to foster positive relationships between the Rochester Police Department and community youth. The Do the Right Thing Award program recognizes youth for helping law enforcement and other first responders, acts of heroism, courage and quick thinking, leadership and role model behavior, and volunteering in their community. The award distinguishes school-age children who strive to make good choices, do well in school, give back to their communities, or demonstrate a “turn-around” or improved behavior.

Who is eligible?

Any student enrolled in 1st - 12th grades in any Monroe County school is eligible for nomination.  The incident the student is nominated for must have occurred in Monroe County, and within one year of the nomination.

How is a child nominated?

Anyone over 18 years-of-age can submit a nomination form.  Nominations are accepted throughout the year.

    • Nomination forms can be completed and submitted electronically.  Click here for the electronic form
    • Or you can print the PDF version of the form and email or fax the completed form.   
    • Forms are also available at the Rochester Police Department and any City school or City library. 
        These completed forms can be faxed or emailed to:
              Fax:  (585) 428-6093 

Do the Right Thing Awards Ceremony

An awards committee selects students to receive Do The Right Thing Awards from submitted nominations. Student accomplishments are celebrated at a public ceremony in the atrium of the City Public Safety Building, located at 185 Exchange Boulevard.  Typically, five ceremonies are held each year, and up to ten students are recognized at each ceremony.  Award winners are eligible for several rewards and prizes. Each year, previous Do The Right Thing award winners, who are currently high school seniors, may apply for scholarship money to be applied to the payment of their college or trade school tuition.

The last Do the Right Thing Ceremony of the 2017-2018 school year was held on June 7, 2018.  The next ceremony will be held in the Fall of 2018.
Please continue to submit nominations throughout the summer.


 Frequently Asked Questions

Contact us for more information


    Phone :    (585) 428-7863

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 Click here to view the names of recent and past award recipients.

Click here to see pictures from recent award ceremonies.