Do the Right Thing Program - Rochester Police Department

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Do the Right Thing Awards 

The Do the Right Thing Award program has been part of the Rochester Police Department since 1995. The goal of the Program is to foster positive relationships between the Rochester Police Department (RPD) and community youth. The Do the Right Thing Award program recognizes youth for their bravery, courage and valor, such as volunteering in the community, aiding law enforcement and other first responders, acts of heroism, leadership and role model behavior. The award distinguishes school-age children who strive to make good choices, do well in school, give back to their communities, or demonstrate a “turn-around” or improved behavior, and to 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 incident the student is nominated for must have occurred in Monroe County, and 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 version of the 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:
                  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?

An awards committee, comprised of Executive Board Members and employees of program sponsors, review submitted nominations and collectively select students to receive either the Do the Right Thing Award or a letter of recognition. Students that have won the award are celebrated at a public ceremony at the City Public Safety Building, 185 Exchange Boulevard.  All are welcome to attend. Typically five ceremonies are held each year with up to ten students recognized at each ceremony.  Award winners are eligible to receive several rewards and prizes that are generously donated by our program sponsors. Those students who were nominated but not selected as a winner will receive a letter of recognition in the mail.  

There are no remaining Do the Right Thing Ceremonies for the 2018-2019 school year. Our staff will be working throughout the summer months preparing for  the next school year, so please continue to nominate students !

All ceremonies for the 2019-2020 school year will be held at 10:30 a.m., in the atrium of the City Public Safety Building, on the following dates:

  • October 10, 2019
  • December 12 , 2019
  • February 13, 2020
  • April 2, 2020
  • May 28, 2020

Each year, any student who was a Do the Right Thing Award winner and is a currently high school senior may apply for a scholarship to be applied towards the payment of their college or trade school tuition.         


Executive Board Members and Program Sponsors

Rochester Police Department’s Do the Right Thing Award Program is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors, and operated under the auspice of the Rochester Police Department. Sponsorship and donations help make the program possible, and the children benefit from the generosity of our sponsors.
Click here to view a list of our board members and program sponsors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Clear here to see a list of Do the Right Thing Program Frequently Asked Questions.  

Contact us for more information:


     Phone :    (585) 428-7863

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Do the Right Thing Award Winners

 Click here to view the names of recent and past award recipients. 

Do the Right Thing Newsletter  

Click here to view copies of our newsletters.

Do the Right Thing Annual Reports

Click here to view past Do the Right Thing of Rochester Annual Reports.