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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Rochester Police Department shared the results of the Community Engagement Assessment on Thursday morning.

Chief David Smith of RPD said the public and the police must be interconnected and has been looking for ways to move the police department forward. He explains the City of Rochester was selected in 2022 by the Department of Justice to commit to the National Public Safety Partnership.

Chief Smith says the three-year commitment provided technical assistance to Rochester as a community to reduce violence. A community assessment was conducted on RPD to review the department’s community engagement practices and to address areas of improvement. The assessment involved interviews with RPD officers.

The assessment found that RPD was lacking sufficient engagement with its community and recommended the department train and provide opportunities for officers to develop a strong relationship with the public. The full assessment can be viewed above.

“What we have learned through this community assessment is that the Rochester Police Department is moving in the right direction,” said Chief Smith, adding “We still have a lot of work to do, we look forward to continuing our work utilizing classic principles combined with modern recommendations.”

Since the beginning of the assessment, Chief Smith says RPD began correcting deficiencies, such as officers being more involved in community engagement, communicating more effectively with the community, increasing diversity within the department, and collaborating with law enforcement agencies and the Urban League of Rochester.

Training programs introduced to RPD officers include the Cultural Immersion Program and Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT). The latter is a de-escalation program adopted by hundreds of other police departments.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance launched Project Safe Neighborhood’s Training and Technical Assistance Program to help task forces integrate victim services into their work.

RPD requested the results of the assessment from the National Public Safety Partnership, an organization designed to enhance the support of law enforcement and prosecution for public safety.

Full News Conference:

You can watch the full press conference in the video player above.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Rochester Police Department shared the results of the Community Engagement Assessment on Thursday morning.

Chief David Smith of RPD said the public and the police must be interconnected and has been looking for ways to move the police department forward. He explains the City of Rochester was selected in 2022 by the Department of Justice to commit to the National Public Safety Partnership.

Chief Smith says the three-year commitment provided technical assistance to Rochester as a community to reduce violence. A community assessment was conducted on RPD to review the department’s community engagement practices and to address areas of improvement. The assessment involved interviews with RPD officers.

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The assessment found that RPD was lacking sufficient engagement with its community and recommended the department train and provide opportunities for officers to develop a strong relationship with the public. The full assessment can be viewed above.

“What we have learned through this community assessment is that the Rochester Police Department is moving in the right direction,” said Chief Smith, adding “We still have a lot of work to do, we look forward to continuing our work utilizing classic principles combined with modern recommendations.”

Since the beginning of the assessment, Chief Smith says RPD began correcting deficiencies, such as officers being more involved in community engagement, communicating more effectively with the community, increasing diversity within the department, and collaborating with law enforcement agencies and the Urban League of Rochester.

Training programs introduced to RPD officers include the Cultural Immersion Program and Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT). The latter is a de-escalation program adopted by hundreds of other police departments.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance launched Project Safe Neighborhood’s Training and Technical Assistance Program to help task forces integrate victim services into their work.

RPD requested the results of the assessment from the National Public Safety Partnership, an organization designed to enhance the support of law enforcement and prosecution for public safety.

Full News Conference:

You can watch the full press conference in the video player above. Read More RPDRochesterFirst  

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