Rochester Police Department

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The Rochester Police Department is Committed to Serving the Community with PridePRIDE - Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Excellence

Chief D Smith

The Rochester Police Department (RPD) is commanded by Interim Chief of Police David M. Smith.  Chief Smith has served within the ranks of the Rochester Police Department since 1992, where he started as a patrol officer on midnights in the Genesee Section. He worked as an Officer in the Genesee Section for his first ten years, and during that time he was assigned as a Field Training Officer, and a Recruit Class Counselor at the Public Safety Training Center.

Chief Smith has held the ranks of Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Commander, Deputy Chief, and now, Interim Chief.

Chief Smith was one of the original bicycle patrol officers, and developed the training program which is still in use today.

As he moved up through the ranks, Chief Smith maintained his interest in bicycle patrol, and eventually headed the program. The Chief has his police bicycle to this day.

The Chief has been active in the community throughout his entire career, working with Internship programs, scouting organizations, and running blood drives during the past 15 years for the American Red Cross which has collected thousands of pints of blood. As a result, The American Red Cross has selected Chief Smith to receive the “Hometown Heroes Award” for his work with their organization. He also has worked with the Open Door Mission, the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and local food banks.

The Chief is a strong advocate of building relationships in the community through foot and bicycle patrol, as well as encouraging officers to participate in voluntary community programs in their area of assignment.

In 2015, the City of Rochester officially implemented the RPD Reorganization Plan, returning officers to neighborhood Sections and Patrol beats to effectively engage in 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.

The RPD is accredited by the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (NYSLEAP)

The RPD has been Accredited with New York State since 1990, and was proudly re-accredited by the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (NYSLEAP) in January 2020 in accordance with 133 stringent NYSLEAP Standards in accordance with the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in Albany, NY. 

About the Rochester Police Department (RPD)

The RPD is recognized in NYS as a leading law enforcement agency. Our diverse and exceptional staff is comprised of 850 sworn and non-sworn civilian employees who proudly 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 wore commemorative uniform badges minted from an original badge worn by Chief Joseph Cleary in 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: 2020 RPD Newsletters  

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 SectionSpecial Investigations Section, Special Operations Section and Rochester Animal Services

The Administration Bureau includes the Administrative Services Division, Professional Development Section, 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 Sections and Service Centers. In an effort to form a better relationship between the RPD and community we proudly serve, the  Captain 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!


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