Rochester Police Department

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*Coronavirus COVID-19 Update: As a precaution due to continuing concerns with the COVID-19 outbreak, the Rochester Police Department is limiting person-to-person interaction within the Technical Services Section *The Police Property Clerk Office and Auto Impound is open from 10 AM - 4 PM until further notice.

The Rochester Police Department's Commitment to the CommunityChief Singletary

The Rochester Police Department (RPD) is commanded by  Chief of Police La'Ron D. Singletary, who was promoted to lead the Department on April 17, 2019, by Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren. In 2015, the City of Rochester officially implemented the RPD Reorganization Plan, returning officers to neighborhood Sections and Patrol beats to effectively engage in true community policing efforts. The Mission of the RPD is: To Reduce Crime, to Protect and Serve the Citizens of Rochester, to Uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New York.

About the Rochester Police Department (RPD)

Our diverse and exceptional staff is comprised of 850 sworn and non-sworn civilian employees who serve the greater of 210,500 City of Rochester residents and thousands of others who work and attend special events in our rejuvenated Center City. Rochester's professional police officers 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 has a proud History and was officially founded on December 28, 1819. The RPD proudly marked its 200th Anniversary in 2019 with the generous support of the Rochester Police Foundation. During the year-long Bicentennial celebration, many officers proudly wore commemorative uniform badges minted from Chief Joseph Cleary's original badge dating from 1866.

 Serving with PRIDE

  • Professionalism - RPD Employees will perform their duties with the highest levels of Professionalism.
  • Respect - RPD employees will treat one another with the highest levels of Respect, to include those that we are sworn to protect and serve.
  • Integrity - RPD employees will serve with the highest level of Integrity.
  • Dedication - RPD employees will fulfill their duties with the distinction of Dedication.
  • Excellence - RPD employees will commit to a standard of Excellence in all that we do. 

Get to know the RPD

RPD Newsletter 2020

The RPD is proudly Accredited through the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (NYSLEAP).   

The RPD is divided into three Bureaus: OperationsAdministration and Community Affairs.   

The Operations Bureau consists of the Patrol Division, which includes the five geographical Patrol Sections:

Click here to view an interactive Section and Patrol beat map of the City

The Operations Bureau also 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 Administrative Services Division, Professional Development Section, RPD Background Unit, Technical Services Section (which includes the Auto Impound), Research and Evaluation Section, Police Budget and Personnel offices. 

The Community Affairs Bureau includes the RPD Recruitment Unit (view Police Officer Candidate Requirements) and Community Policing Unit, which includes Crime Prevention Officers assigned to the City's Neighborhood Service Centers. In an effort to form a better relationship between the RPD and community we proudly serve, the  Deputy Chief of the Community Affairs Bureau is the Department's Chief Public Information Officer responsible for assisting the Chief of Police in coordinating all community relations and engagement initiatives.  

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 ONLINEView the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan for RPD Compliance

There are many Ways You Can be Involved and help the RPD make Rochester a better City and community for everyone. You can make a difference!

The RPD values your feedback. Please feel free to share a Comment about an RPD officer or employee. You can also contact the RPD by calling (585) 428-6720 or email: RPD.Chief@CityofRochester.gov.

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