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Police Chief Sheppard Sworn In at City Hall Ceremony

Chief James Sheppard

Rochester Police Department

News Release

(Friday, Dec. 10, 2010) - Rochester Police Chief James M. Sheppard was sworn in today by Mayor Robert J. Duffy in a ceremony at City Hall. He was appointed to the post on November 5 and confirmed by City Council on November 16, 2010.

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“It is my great honor to entrust the future of the Rochester Police Department in the hands of James Sheppard, a man I have known since he joined the Department in 1981,” Mayor Duffy said. “I know he will strive every day to protect this community that he loves so much and bring the RPD to another level of greatness. Jim Sheppard is a great cop who has and will continue to serve the RPD with distinction and honor.”

“The Rochester Police Department’s drive for excellence starts now. To get there we must commit to working together to achieve that excellence,” Chief Sheppard said. “My priorities focus on establishing clear lines of communication between command, employees, municipal leaders and the community that will build relationships and identify effective solutions to public safety concerns. We will provide clear and strong leadership that will instill confidence throughout the department and the entire community.”

Chief Sheppard’s career with RPD began in January 1981. He served in a variety of assignments, including Highland Section patrol officer, SWAT, Special Investigations Section, Clinton Section Net lieutenant and Patrol Division commander before being named to the second highest command position, Deputy Chief of the Operations Bureau in 2006.

Chief Sheppard Swearing in Ceremony

 In 2008, he left the Department to become Director of Safety and Security of the Rochester City School District. Earlier this year he was appointed by Mayor Duffy to serve as the Director of the City’s Office of Public integrity which seeks to enhance public confidence in City government by addressing and investigating reports of fraud, corruption, waste and abuse.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to once again serve the community as a member of the Rochester Police Department. At the end of the day, what really matters is actions, not words,” Chief Sheppard added. “I am asking the members of this department and the people of this community to assess my tenure as Chief, not by what we say, but by what we accomplish.”

Chief Sheppard holds a BA Degree from Empire State College (State University of New York) in Criminal Justice and Community Service, and is a 1998 graduate of the FBI National Academy. He and his wife June reside in the city and are the parents of three grown children, James, Tamara and Stephanie.


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