New system helps RPD track and prevent crime in the city

Posted at: 08/02/2013 11:17 PM
Updated at: 08/02/2013 11:40 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

A new system is helping Rochester Police document crime stats and patterns in the city. The department unveiled the new system on Friday during a press conference regarding crime figures.

Police Chief James Sheppard says most crimes are down. Motor vehicle thefts are at its lowest rate in 25 years, larcenies are at its second lowest level in the same span and assaults are also down.

News10NBC wanted to know more about the Records Management System, or the RMS, and how it helps officers do their jobs. Officials say the system has been up and running since March. Its something you might have thought was already in place, but it basically streamlines the RPD's work load and makes it so officers don't have to sort through as many paper reports.

Deputy Chief Mike Ciminelli said at the press conference, "It allows police officers to enter police reports digitally either from the computers in their police vehicles, or from a desktop computer in the office."

The RPD says the benefits come in the form of efficiency for the department.

Deputy Chief Ciminelli says, "What that does is streamline the workflow and allows us to get access to our data much more quickly."

And even more benefits come with keeping people safe.

Ciminelli says, "Every law enforcement and criminal justice agency has immediate access to our data."

We wanted to know what people in Rochester thought about the crime statistics that show many crimes in the city are on the decrease. We caught up with a couple who used to live in the city and said they sometimes felt unsafe, but now when they visit they see a difference.

Lindsay Dzenis says, "I feel a lot more safe, honestly."

Ruben Vazquez says "I feel like things have gotten a lot more vibrant especially with the art projects, I think it is uplifting to the whole community."

But, while the stats are good...

Dzenis says, "I think we do still have a long way to go but I do think we are going in the right direction."

The RMS system is in its first phase and the RPD says they are currently working with the IT department to develop and launch stage two.