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 neighborhood patrol beats to effectively engage in true community policing efforts.

Patrol services are directed over five geographical patrol sections giving officers smaller patrol areas which enable them to spend more time interacting with citizens. The primary benefit of this 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 coordinated effort is in response to both the expressed desires of the community for grassroots neighborhood policing strategies and input from police officers to return to single-patrol beats.

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 and RPD Background Unit Technical Services Section (which includes the Auto Impound), Research and Evaluation Section, Budget and Personnel Offices. 

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