Rochester In Focus: Former RPD chief discusses police reform |

Rochester In Focus: Former RPD chief discusses police reform

Created: June 28, 2020 10:00 AM

Following widespread calls for police reform, News10NBC's Lynette Adams caught up with former Rochester Police Chief Dr. Cedric Alexander this week to get his take on the situation. He now serves as a highly sought-after public safety consultant. 

Alexander shared his thoughts on the demands for change, incuding defunding the police, following the death of Geroge Floyd last month and the subsequent uprisings across the country. 

When it comes to recruitment, Alexander says "I think one thing we hear a lot about, particularly today is -- and I would certainly agree, I have been saying this for years -- is that we all want to make sure we're hiring the best qualified people that are available. For an example, it goes just beyond checking their drivers license, records, their criminal history, their education, but really how do we ... how do we begin to recruit police officers that have a real passion towards serving, a passion towards serving that's been demonstrated by... they have a moral compass about themselves."

Dr. Cedric Alexander served as the Chief of Police for the Rochester Police Department from 2005-2006, and before that he served as Rochester's Deputy Chief of Police from 2002-2005.

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