Rochester Police Department

Michael Ciminelli, ChiefCommunity Policing Returns to Rochester

On April 20, 2015, Mayor Lovely A. Warren and Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli officially implemented the Rochester Police Department Reorganization Plan, returning officers to a neighborhood beat structure so they can engage in true community policing activities.

The plan replaced the two-division patrol model, which had been in effect since 2004, with a five-section model that gives individual officers smaller areas of responsibility--enabling them to spend more time engaging citizens. The primary benefit of the reorganization is a closer and more harmonious relationship between the community and RPD; as well as achieving an overall more effective policing model. The effort was in response to both the expressed desires of the community for neighborhood policing, as well as an internal push from the rank and file officers to return to single car beats.

About the Rochester Police Department

Our exceptional staff consists of more than 850 diverse sworn and non-sworn employees serving approximately 230,000 City residents. Our members patrol approximately 37 square miles located within Monroe County. 

The RPD is accredited through the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, and was last reaccredited in 2015.   

The RPD is divided into two bureaus, Operations and Administration.    

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

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

In an effort to form a better relationship between the Rochester Police Department and the community it serves, a newly created position entitled Deputy Chief of Community Engagement and Relations will be responsible for assisting the Chief of Police in coordinating all community relations and engagement activities.  

The RPD takes great pride in providing a police force that reflects the moral values and cultural backgrounds of the residents of our community. Learn more information about becoming a Rochester Police Officer and APPLY ONLINE.   View the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan for RPD Compliance

There are many other ways that you can be involved and help the RPD make Rochester a better community as well, whether it's providing information to help solve a crime, or volunteering some of your time to work alongside RPD members.

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