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:
                  Fax:  (585) 428-6093      

*Do the Right Thing nominations are accepted throughout the 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 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 public ceremony at the City Public Safety Building, 185 Exchange Boulevard. Note: Students selected as winners must attend an awards ceremony to be officially regarded as a Do the Right Thing Awards winner. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremonies to support those recognized for Doing the Right Thing. Five ceremonies are typically held each year, with up to 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.  

All ceremonies for the 2019-2020 school year will be held at 10:30 AM in the atrium of the City Public Safety Building on the following dates: Awards table

  • October 10, 2019
  • December 12 , 2019
  • February 13, 2020
  • April 2, 2020  *CANCELLED*
  •  May 28, 2020  *CANCELLED*
  • June 4, 2020 - Please join us for a VIRTUAL CEREMONY that will be held via Facebook Live. This ceremony will honor the April and May winners, and will be live streamed  on June 4th at 10:30 AM on our Facebook page. Unlike traditional ceremonies, this will be held virtually . 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!

 *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.                   

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

 ClickHere for Do the Right Thing Awards 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 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.