Look at the page on interaction with the RPD.
Note that the "No Interaction" response is 67% at the highest (67.1% had had no interaction with PACTAC; thus 32.9% had the highest interaction rate) and 85% at the lowest ("Attended a Voice of the Citizens Meeting - 84.6% had no interaction; thus 15.4% had the lowest interaction rate).
Note the positive/negative experiences among those who actually participated in those activities.
Those who attended NCS's, participated in or knew about PACTAC, and/or attended neighborhood meetings had fairly high levels of positive experience with the police.
My experience in the four years I worked on public safety issues in Rochester before moving to Wisconsin to be near my grandchildren was that I had fairly positive experiences with the police because of my active involvement. Despite the fact that I lived on two of the worst drug corners in the city (first Union & Weld, then Chili & Hobart), I felt relatively safe. I would even walk down to the liquor store on Chili Avenue at night. Not late, but after dark.
But most people don't want to be actively involved. They have other, more important (to them) things to be doing.
But the thing about being actively involved is that you then become known to the RPD in a positive way. You CREATE the necessary sense of community in order to feel safe.
So if you want to feel safer in the City, get involved!
I also like police bike patrols. I've biked all over Rochester for many years and I know how much more you can see, hear, and smell on a bike. Walking a beat is so slow and old-fashioned compared to a bike patrol. There are many places a patrol car can't go that a bike can. Bikes are better at getting through crowds, so it makes sense to use them for many security assignments. Electric bikes are available. I'm not sure how well they perform, but the technolgy is advancing. Bikes allow for easier engagement between cops and the public. Bikes offer stealth because they are small and quiet. An officer can quickly maneuver around corners and so effectively patrol areas normally inaccessible by car.
In additon, riding a bike is mood enhancing and this would help to improve community relations.
I want more police bike patrols in Rochester.
I would like to see more police on bkes. You are more mobile than walking, but can still respond at a decent speed if necessary as well as carry slightly more gear. From riding my bike around all summer, you definitely notice more on a bike than in your car with the windows up.
I was assigned to "monitor" up to 25 suspended students. All in one room. All with nothing to do but make you miserable. Sound like the solution? If I hand any "problems" I was to contact a sentry via a intermittent 2way (more often no way) radio. Support was more intermittent than the radio. After 25 years of service, I got out.
As a former teacher (who was assigned to monitor an in-school suspension room in said location), I find the whole thing unsurprising. Don't get me started...
Stephen, my understanding is they feel it would improve the relationship between the police and the community, because they'd have more cops out on the streets, walking a beat and interacting with people in a positive way. It's something the police union has wanted, too.
The former mayor, Tom Richards, thought more stations would probably be too costly and that, because of advances in technology, there really isn't a need for bricks-and-mortar stations. Each squad car is essentially a mobile police station now.
The "4 or 5" estimate is because they haven't decided if the downtown substation in the Sibley building will continue to be a separate operation or consolidated with another station.
City news editor
What are they trying to achieve by splitting the department up from 2 to 4 or 5?
In school suspensions and a joke and everyone knows it. The same parents whose kids are tearing up the classrooms love in school suspension. A free meal and intense baby-sitting instead of the trouble being at home for a parent to deal with. Come on.
it's a Lovely situation we have here...
Suspensions are not taboo at Northwest/Northeast - they are extremely common. The district uses "in-school suspension" because staying at home was not seen as a punishment by the kids. Charters are tough about kicking students out, but the district does not have this option legally.
Send All Government Workers To The Individual Health Exchanges!
At 01:56:30 of the 01/13/14 NYS Public Hearing On Health And Insurance (YouTube) - a 4 hour litany from various sectors on the abomination that is Obamacare specifically the "Individual Exchanges" or "Marketplace" - Dr. Andrew Kleinman chairman of the NYS Medical Society makes a profound statement: "Having health insurance under the exchanges does not mean having health care" as the health exchanges pay bovine manure; quoted half the rate of Medicaid which in itself is unprofitable. What doctor would take bottom feeder paying patients if they can't stay in business with them? Many are opting out or would if they knew who they were! It's that bad!
But no matter to the NYS senate royalties; they're all covered by top tier health insurance curtosy we New Yorkers. At a recent Brighton town meeting I tabled a novel proposition: how about the town take the $2,000 "penalty" which has all the meaning of "affordable" in the Afforable Care Act for each full time body on coveted expensive top tier "out of network" plans and send them off to the Individual Exchanges saving the town a whole lot of money!?
And, who else better to experience Obamacare than government itself?! Of course that didn't go over so well with the board or other NY towns I called. My supervisor Moehle responded a lot of excuses among them retaining good people, blah blah.
But one thing he didn't say; "It was simply the law" to which I would have responded with Thomas Jefferson: "If a law is unjust a man is not only right to disobey it; he is obligated to do so."
Joel Shapiro - Brighton NY
Here we sit in Rochester, within an hour of 3 million people and we do nothing. Look at all of the development in Buffalo. Why? They have new buildings going up, while their tallest building is EMPTY. Syracuse is getting a whole new interstate 81, possibly a tunnel under their downtown. Billions are being thrown around everywhere but Rochester. To add more salt to the womb, we in Rochester are paying for it. Now they want a new stadium. Our political "representatives" must be the lamest in the whole country. Why not a 3 million plus metroplex centered on Rochester?
Well said Carrie. This reeks of corruption for all to see. If the mayor had pulled this crap, it would be headline news. Van white is trying to expose something so unbelievabably
Damaging that a bunch of inept cronies will resort to ill moral tactics to cover it all up. Is anyone paying attention to this? Or will the likes of Mary Towler keep saying that they don't know what the problem is? To push this blatantly obvious manipulational act will be the real disgrace. Lent does she get an iron clad contract and the teachers get blamed for everything under the sun. Maybe someone needs to suggest that the big decision makers must have some accountability. What a formula for disaster. Look no further folks, the problem is right in front of your eyes.
Yes it should connect to Crittenden. In fact RIT should build a road going south to it's campus. The intersection then will connect 3 colleges. This whole huge undeveloped area could take advantage of gov Coumo's tax free plan. When you look at this area on a map, it is such a no brainer to really get Rochester's economy going
welcome to little detroit.
School culture is everything. Without it, learning will be mediocre at best. Culture starts with relationships, clarity and in the case of student behavior, very firm policies and enforcement. Hearing the superintendent talk about "lost instructional time" was very telling. he obviously does not understand that school culture must be developed before quality instruction can happen. The school environment must be respectful and honest but also firm and consistent enforcement. The district has not cultivated caring school cultures and in fact, the mandates have worked against stability. Add this the reality that suspensions are considered taboo and you can see why things are out of control.
Many people will not want to hear this but a get tough approach to student behavior is needed. This is one place where the district can learn from charters. Unfortunately, leadership seems to be in a reactive state. Seeing the future and planning for it look like impossibilities right now. It is hard to set the table when you are being swallowed.
Let's take Bob P olhemus's logic and apply into the root of the problem of city schools-economic segregation. For decades the Republican controlled Monroe County Legislature , County Executive and their colleagues in town and village government have done nothing to increase economic opportunity for inner city residents, and everything in their power to isolate the most needy, resulting in the destruction of city neighborhoods and schools. "It seems obvious to me that "Ms. Brooks and her cronies" should be replaced by an executive and staff that is willing to work with all parties to implement innovative and meaningful changes in the system." Hmmm....like a county -wide schools sytem and mixed-income housing in the suburbs? "No other private or public enterprise would tolerate the continuance of officers during such a prolonged period of non-performance. Replacing "Ms. Brooks" cannot possibly have a negative impact on the schools." Mr. Polhemus, I would also hope that many concerned citizens would agree to take corrective action. "If it is really about the children, how could they not?"
Another lame comparison to Detroit? Really? It might be time for an editor to retire and pass the torch to someone with vision. I completely agree with the situation with our towns, villages and splintered lack of vision. But there are incredible things taking place in Rochester these days. Downtown will be transformed in the next year. Inner Loop filled in. College Town, etc. But how did this happen? Most of it was driven by private sector investment and federal money. Detroit has no private investment.
Get a cup of coffee and take a long walk. You need a perspective shift.
And TONIGHT at the MuCCC there's a brief (about a half hour) dramatic reading of the dirtiest Elizabethan poem you could possibly hope to think of, "The Choice of Valentines" by Thomas Nashe.
Pay-what-you-will. 8:00 PM.
In the "Ghetto Rochester" link :23 is not Rochester, looks more like NYC - Lexington & E 131 St. Strange they would include it.
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