Do the Right Thing Program - Rochester Police Department

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The Do the Right Thing Awards program has been part of the Rochester Police Department (RPD) since 1995. The goal of Do the Right Thing is to foster positive relationships between local law enforcement and youth in the community. The Do the Right Thing Awards program recognizes youth for their bravery, courage and valor, such as volunteering, aiding law enforcement or other first responders, acts of heroism, leadership and positive role model behavior. The award distinguishes school-aged children who strive to make good choices, do well in school, give back to their community, or demonstrate a “turn-around” or improvement in their behavior, and to publicly highlight these students and their stories in the media to show that good kids are newsworthy.   

Who is eligible?

Any student enrolled in grades kindergarten-12 in any Monroe County school is eligible for nomination. The good deed the student is nominated for must have occurred in Monroe County within one year of the nomination.

How is a child nominated? 

  • Anyone over 18 years-of-age can submit a nomination form (this includes family, friends, school staff, coaches, etc.).
  • Nomination forms can be completed and submitted electronically.
  • Click Here for the electronic form. 
  • Or you can print the PDF form and email or fax the completed form. 
  • Forms are also available at any RPD building and any City school or City library.            
            These completed forms can be faxed or emailed to:
                  Email: DoTheRightThing@cityofrochester.gov 
                  Fax:  (585) 428-6093      

*Do the Right Thing nominations are accepted throughout the entire year.

click here to nominate  

What happens after a nomination is submitted?

Nominations and Award Ceremony

An awards committee comprised of Executive Board Members and representatives of program sponsors reviews submitted nominations and collectively selects students to receive either the Do the Right Thing Award or a letter of recognition. 

Students selected as award winners are celebrated at a ceremony at the City Public Safety Building, 185 Exchange Boulevard. Four ceremonies are typically held each year, with approximately ten students recognized at each ceremony. Award winners are eligible to receive several prizes generously donated by Do the Right Thing Program sponsors. Nominated students not selected to receive Do the Right Thing Awards will be mailed a letter of recognition. Note: Students selected as winners must attend an awards ceremony to be officially regarded as a Do the Right Thing Awards winner (unless the ceremony is held virtually).   

All ceremonies for the 2020-2021 school year will be held at 10:30 AM on the following dates: Awards table

  • October 22, 2020 - CANCELLED
  • December 10, 2020  - Virtual Ceremony
  • March 4, 2021
  • May 6, 2021

Ceremonies are typically held in the atrium at the City Public Safety Building, and everyone is welcome to attend these ceremonies to support those recognized for Doing the Right Thing. However, if restrictions are still in place due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony may be held virtually with only a limited amount of staff in attendance. If this is the case, while our winners and their families will not be able to attend in person, everyone is welcome to watch the ceremony as it takes place, or anytime afterwards, by watching the ceremony via Facebook Live on our Facebook page. A decision whether the ceremony will be held in-person or virtually will be made as each date gets closer, and will be announced on this page and on our social media pages. 

College or Trade School Scholarship

Each year, any Do the Right Thing Awards-winning student currently a high school senior may apply for a scholarship to be applied towards the payment of their college or trade school tuition. Scholarship applications will be sent to students in the spring of their high school senior year. All winners must ensure a current address is on file with the Do the Right Thing office in order to receive an application.                  

Executive Board Members and Program Sponsors

The Rochester Police Department’s Do the Right Thing Awards Program is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors, operating under the auspices of the Rochester Police Department. Sponsorship and donations help make the program possible and children benefit from the generosity of our sponsors. We always welcome new sponsors and interested businesses willing to provide gifts and services to Do the Right Thing Awards Program winners. Financial contributions are also greatly appreciated.

We are looking for more people to volunteer and serve on our Executive Board. New members are needed who are creative and have ideas, time and energy to help the program grow and recognize more students for Doing the Right Thing. 

 Click Here for Do the Right Thing Awards Program Board Members and Program Sponsors.

 Click Here for Do the Right Thing Awards Program By-laws.

Frequently Asked Questions

 Click Here for Do the Right Thing Awards Program Frequently Asked Questions.  

Contact us for more information:

     Email:  DoTheRightThing@cityofrochester.gov

     Phone :    (585) 428-7863

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Do the Right Thing Award Winners

 Click Here for recent and past Do the Right Thing Awards winners.Jeffery sitting w certificate

Do the Right Thing Newsletter  

Click Here for copies of Do the Right Thing Awards Newsletters.

Do the Right Thing Annual Reports

Click Here for past Do the Right Thing Awards Annual Reports.

United Way Contributions 

Please consider our program if you are making a contribution to the United Way. The Do the Right Thing Awards Program is an eligible donor designation through the United Way Campaign. If you are making a donation through the campaign, and would like a donation to be made to our program, indicate on the contribution form that you want your donation to go to Do The Right Thing of Rochester, ID# 3383. Thank you for your support!