City unveils new police department reorganization plan

Updated: 08/01/2014 5:42 PM
Created: 08/01/2014 5:00 PM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts

The Rochester Police Department is splitting up its patrol sections. It is an effort to put more officers into city neighborhoods. 

The proposal announced Friday is all about community policing. Mayor Lovely Warren says the reorganization will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, but she is confident it will make the city safer.

More neighborhood patrols and faster response times are the two key components of the Rochester Police Department's reorganization plan. Mayor Warren and Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli introduced the revised plan Friday. It involves dividing the city into five sections, allowing officers to focus on certain neighborhoods. 

Police will focus on neighborhoods, like the one near Grand Avenue, on the city’s east side. Residents in that neighborhood say the violence is escalating. For example, surveillance video captured a fight about a week ago. Seven kids attacked a 14-year-old boy right outside the Finger Lakes Corner Store.

A delayed response from police has Shakeel Cheema feeling unsafe. Whether it is a shooting one day or a stabbing the next, he says police aren't present in his neighborhood.

News10NBC took Cheema's concerns to the mayor. How will the new plan make residents feel safer? 

The reorganization will launch in March of next year. A captain will lead each section.

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