Rochester Police Department

The Rochester Police Department's Commitment to Community Policing

The Rochester Police Department (RPD) is commanded by  Chief of Police Mark Simmons, who was promoted to lead the Department on September 16, 2018, by Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren. In 2015, the City of Rochester officially implemented the Rochester Police Department Reorganization Plan, which returned officers to neighborhood Sections and patrol beats to effectively engage in true community policing efforts.

Patrol services are directed over five geographical patrol Sections, giving officers smaller patrol areas and enabling them to spend more time interacting with citizens. The primary benefit of Reorganization is a closer and more harmonious relationship with the community, while achieving a more effective policing concept. This coordinated effort is in response to both the expressed desires of the community for grassroots neighborhood policing strategies and input from rank-and-file police officers to return to single-patrol Section beats.

About the Rochester Police Department (RPD)

Our diverse and exceptional staff is comprised of 870 sworn and non-sworn civilian employees "Serving with Pride" the more than 210,500 City of Rochester residents and thousands of others who work and attend special events in our revitalized Center City. Rochester's police officers patrol a total geographical area of 37.1 square miles located within the County of Monroe, bordering Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes Region of western New York State. 2019 marks the 200th Anniversary of our Department and commencement of the year-long Bicentennial celebration.

The RPD is proudly accredited through the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.   

The RPD is divided into three Bureaus: OperationsAdministration and Community Affairs.   

The Operations Bureau consists of the Patrol Division, which includes the five patrol sections:

Click here to view an interactive section and patrol beat map of the City

Additionally, the Operations Bureau consists of the Special Operations Division, which includes the Central Investigations Section, Special Investigations Section, Special Operations Section and Rochester Animal Services. The Victim Assistance Unit also falls within this Bureau.

The Administration Bureau includes the Administrative Services Division, Professional Development Section, RPD Background Unit, Technical Services Section (which includes the Auto Impound), Research and Evaluation Section, Police Budget and Personnel Offices. 

The Community Affairs Bureau includes the RPD Recruitment Unit (view Police Officer Candidate Requirements), Community Policing Unit (which includes Neighborhood Service Centers and Crime Prevention Officers) and Youth Services Unit (which includes School Resource Officers). In an effort to form a better relationship between the RPD and community we serve, the  Deputy Chief of the Community Affairs Bureau is the Department's Chief Public Information Officer and is responsible for assisting the Chief of Police in coordinating all community relations and engagement activities.  

The RPD takes great pride in staffing a professional organization that reflects the moral values and cultural backgrounds of the residents of our diverse and vibrant community. You can learn more about becoming a Rochester Police Officer and APPLY ONLINE.   View the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan for RPD Compliance

There are many ways that you can be involved and help the RPD make Rochester a better City and community for everyone. Whether by providing information to help solve crime or volunteering some of your time to work alongside RPD members, You can help us make a difference!

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