Posted at: 06/05/2013 9:34 PM
Updated at: 06/05/2013 11:28 PM
By: Lia Lando
The Rochester Police Department wants to connect with the people it works so hard to protect.
That's one of the reasons why News10NBC is giving you the opportunity to meet some of those officers in a segment called "Home Grown Roc Cops."
They are officers who grew up in Rochester and whose job it is to keep their hometown safe.
On Wednesday night News10NBC is introducing you to Investigator Melissa Frasca.
It's never a dull day in the life of RPD Investigator Melissa Frasca. On Wednesday she was called to investigate a dead body and it was only the beginning of her shift!
“It's a job where you are not always behind the desk. So for me, I need to always be moving. It's a great opportunity for me to able to do that,” said Frasca.
Investigator Frasca has deep roots in Rochester. She grew up on Randolph Street, off of Portland Avenue, went to school at Wilson Magnet and as a college student she would come home every summer to lifeguard at the recreation center on Avenue D.
Her partner in crime fighting, Investigator Dave Simpson, says because Frasca grew up here, she can relate to people in the city.
"She has a unique ability to be able to put them at ease, make them comfortable and a lot of times when we're dealing with children, it's a very traumatic setting,” said Simpson.
Frasca says helping children is one of the most important parts of her job.
"Even in unfortunate situations, because you know that you have helped someone who can't fend for themselves,” said Frasca.
On days when she's called to a stabbing, a shooting or in Wednesday's case a dead body, although it may be scary, Frasca focuses on making Rochester a better place for children to grow up in, just like she did.