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City of Rochester: New police academy grads add diversity to RPD

January 28, 2017 07:08 PM

On Friday, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said that new police recruits had graduated from the Rochester police academy. 

The City of Rochester notes that of these 25 recruits, 52% were minority or women. They say that this adds to the diversity within the Rochester Police Department, and that since the beginning of 2014, 64% of the 76 police recruits that graduated the academy have been minorities or women.

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“Since my days on City Council, I have worked to ensure the Rochester Police Department reflects the population it is sworn to protect and I am proud to see another class of recruits bring us closer to that goal,” said Mayor Warren in the City’s statement. “Improving the diversity of the police force helps us build trust between the Department and the community, which leads to improved public safety. When our streets are safer, we are in a better position to create more jobs, more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens."

Among the graduates were two twin sisters who celebrated their graduation together. The two are daughters of a retired RPD officer. 

The City provided the following list of recruitment efforts that have been done, saying that they have been amplified under Mayor Warren’s administration: 

• “A centralized recruitment campaign coordinated by DHRM”

• “An expansion of the RPD recruitment team”

• “Collaboration with Rochester’s faith-based community facilitated by OCS”

• “An advertising campaign”

• “Visits to job fairs and college campuses.”

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