Posted at: 01/18/2014 7:30 PM
Updated at: 01/18/2014 10:38 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion
Big changes are in the works for the Rochester Police Department. Mayor Lovely Warren says she wants to put more police officers back in our neighborhoods.
Right now there are two patrol divisions throughout the city, and by this July there could be four.
Mayor Warren and Interim Police Chief Michael Ciminelli announced the reorganization Friday.
They say it's geared to promote more policing throughout more neighborhoods, establish a better relationship between the community and RPD officers, and to create a better policing model for the city.
The Mayor said the community wanted this. She heard their complaints during her months of campaigning and she said their voices are being heard now.
The Rochester Police Department has been operating under a two division patrol structure for about ten years. Before that there were seven divisions.
The Mayor says City Council had approved around $50,000 just a few months ago, to study if four divisions would be feasible.
But after speaking with the police chief and hearing from the community, she decided the study wasn't even necessary.
“This is what the citizens have been crying for, for a number of years, more community policing, more officers that they can get familiar with in their neighborhoods and a quadrant model would be a way for them to do that, and I think it's important for us to listen to them,” said Mayor Warren.
News10NBC did reach out to some of our sources in the police department to get a feel for what the officers thought about this. We were told this is something RPD has also wanted for quite some time.
A proposed schedule for the reorganization will be presented to Mayor Warren next week and it will include ways for the community to provide feedback about this.