Police Accountability Board

The PAB: A Tool For Our Community to Reimagine Public Safety

In 2019, Rochesterians overwhelmingly voted to create the Police Accountability Board, a new agency within City government dedicated to holding the police accountable. The PAB is tasked with creating a better, fairer system for holding individual officers accountable for their actions. While the PAB's ability to create consequences for officers who commit wrongdoing remains on hold thanks to a lawsuit filed by the local police union, the PAB remains a powerful tool for Rochesterians looking to reimagine public safety. The City Charter requires the PAB to independently investigate complaints of officer misconduct, make every aspect of policing in Rochester transparent, craft new policies and rules to fundamentally change public safety in Rochester, hold City officials accountable for change, and create spaces for the community to be heard.

Keeping Up To Date On Our Work

The PAB is currently looking to launch its own independent website that will be more accessible and will feature additional content. Until that website is launched, Rochesterians looking for the most up-to-date information on the PAB's work should view the PAB's social media pages. You can follow us on Twitter HERE and on Facebook HERE.

You can contact the PAB by emailing pab@cityofrochester.gov or leaving a voicemail on our general line at 585-428-7524. A list of our upcoming meetings and hearings is below.

Type of Meeting Date      Time Location
Board Meeting July 8, 2021 6:30 PM ET Conference Room 208-A, 30 Church Street, Rochester, NY 14614


What The PAB Is Doing Now

The PAB currently lacks the power to discipline officers found guilty of wrongdoing. The PAB is working with its lawyers to develop the procedural rules that, along with the necessary budgetary resources, will allow it accept complaints regarding specific instances of officer misconduct. In the meantime, the PAB is focused on using the resources and powers it has to oversee the policies, practices, procedures, and patterns within the Rochester Police Department. Currently, the PAB has two open oversight investigations. 

Please note: the PAB's oversight investigations are currently on hold. The City has not provided the PAB with the information it has requested to conduct its investigations. In March 2021, PAB has hired the international law firm Shearman & Sterling to ensure that the City fully cooperates with these and all other PAB investigations. 

Oversight Investigation #2021-1: Protest-Related Policing & Mass Gathering Response (January 2021 - Present)

In 2020, the Rochester Police Department came under intense scrutiny for its responses to Black Lives Matter protests. The RPD has also faced criticism over its responses to other mass gatherings, including the annual Puerto Rican Festival. The PAB is investigating the RPD's policies, practices, and procedures regarding these kinds of events. On February 11, 2021, the PAB held an oversight hearing on the RPD's new protest plan featuring testimony from RPD Chief Herriott-Sullivan. You can view the hearing HERE.

Oversight Investigation #2021-2: The Pepperspraying of a Handcuffed Nine Year Old In RPD Custody (January 2021 - Present)

In early 2021, Rochester Police Department officers responded to a call involving a suicidal nine year old girl by handcuffing her, placing her in the back of a police car, and pepperspraying her in the face. The RPD has said that its officers were "required" to pepperspray the child. PAB is investigating the policies, practices, and procedures that led to this incident - and what measures could have been taken to prevent it. As part of this investigation, the PAB is examining government rules about pepperspraying people, handling crisis calls, and dealing with children. On March 11, 2021, the PAB held an educational hearing on the City's new Person in Crisis Team, which aims to connect Rochesterians in crisis to social support and mental health resources. You can view the hearing HERE.

Who We Are

 
The Board is comprised of nine city residents and currently has one full-time staff member, its Executive Director. All Board Members are unpaid volunteers. The Executive Director receives roughly $72,000 in annual compensation. The current Board Members are:  
Seat      Name Term
PABA Seat 1 Danielle Tucker      July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021
PABA Seat 2 Arlene Brown July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022
PABA Seat 3 Shani Wilson (Chair) July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023
PABA Seat 4 Dr. Celia McIntosh (Vice Chair) July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021
Council East Dr. Robert Harrison III July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021
Council Northeast Ida Perez  July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023
Council Northwest Rabbi Drorah Setel  July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022
Council South Rev. Matthew Nickoloff July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022
Mayoral  Rev. Dr. Rickey B. Harvey  July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023
  • View the biographies of the PAB members here.

Job Opportunities

The Police Accountability Board is looking to hire two senior staff members that will play crucial roles in fulfilling the Board's mission of helping Rochesterians fundamentally reimagine public safety. The first position, Chief of Administration, will be responsible for developing and overseeing the Board's internal processes, such as budget management, hiring, public reporting, and complaint intake. The second position, Chief of Education & Community Engagement, will be responsible for developing and overseeing the Board's communications and public engagement work, ensuring the public understands and participates in all of the Board's work. The salary range for each of these positions begins at roughly $70,000, compensation that is accompanied by the City's standard benefits package. The Board is looking to hire a diverse team that is committed to the Board's mission, is excited to work in a government start-up environment, and is looking to help build a fair and healthy work environment. 

Both positions can be applied for by visiting the City's applicant portal at https://www.cityofrochester.gov/jobopportunities/Potential applicants with questions about the positions are encouraged to email Executive Director Conor Dwyer Reynolds at conor.reynolds@cityofrochester.gov

 Police Union Contracts

The Police Accountability Board is tasked with making policing in Rochester transparent. As part of that mission, the Board is releasing the last 15 contracts that have been negotiated between the City and the Locust Club. 

1974 Contract 1976 Contract 1978 Contract 1980 Contract 1982 Contract
1984 Contract 1986 Contract 1988 Contract 1991 Contract 1997 Contract
1999 Contract 2001 Contract 2005 Contract 2008 Contract 2016 Contract

The Board is currently looking to learn as much about the negotiation process as possible. Here's what the Board knows about the present contract situation. In 2018, the Locust Club informed the City of its intent to modify the existing contract, which was set to expire in 2019. The City and the Locust Club met to set ground rules for those negotiations in 2019. Since that meeting, negotiations have been on hold. In negotiations with the Locust Club, the City usually brings to the bargaining table its Manager of Labor Relations as well as representatives from the Law Department, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Rochester Police Department. 

Past Board Meetings

Date Minutes  Meeting Type
January 28, 2020 Minutes  In Person
February 11, 2020 Minutes  In Person
February 20, 2020 Minutes  In Person
February 27, 2020 Minutes  In Person
March 5, 2020 Minutes  In Person
March 12, 2020 Minutes  In Person
June 8, 2020      Minutes Livestreamed
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July 30, 2020 Minutes Livestreamed
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December 17, 2020 Minutes Livestreamed
January 7, 2021 Minutes      Livestreamed
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January 28, 2021 Minutes Livestreamed
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April 15, 2021 Minutes Livestreamed
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May 20, 2021 Minutes Livestreamed
June 3, 2021 Minutes Livestreamed
July 8, 2021 Minutes In Person

Newer meeting minutes may not be listed above. To obtain any of these minutes, please email pab@cityofrochester.gov.

Quarterly Reports

March 2020 
June 2020