Rochester Police Department

Michael Ciminelli, ChiefCommunity Policing Returns to Rochester

On April 20, 2015, City of Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren and Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli officially implemented the Rochester Police Department Reorganization Plan, which returns officers to a neighborhood patrol beat structure to effectively engage in true community policing efforts.

The plan replaced two patrol divisions, in effect since 2004, with a five-section model that gives individual officers smaller areas of responsibility enabling them to spend more time interacting with citizens. The primary benefit of the reorganization is a closer and more harmonious relationship between the community and Rochester Police Department, as well as achieving a more effective policing concept. This effort is in response to both the expressed desires of the community for grassroots neighborhood policing and an internal push from rank and file police officers to return to a single patrol beat structure.

About the Rochester Police Department (RPD)

Our exceptional staff consists of more than 850 diverse, sworn and non-sworn civilian employees "Serving With Pride" the over 210,500 City of Rochester residents and thousands of others who work and attend special events in our revitalized City. Our members 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. 

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

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

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 Professional Development Section (including the Background and Recruitment Unit), Technical Services Section (including the Auto Impound), Research and Evaluation Section and Budget and Personnel Offices. 

In an effort to form a better relationship between the RPD and community we serve, the Deputy Chief of Community Engagement and Relations, 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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