Included in Mayor Lovely Warren's new budget is troubling news about the Rochester police reorganization, which went into effect last year. Warren led the reorg, which is more of a realignment since it doesn't include new police buildings. The city is currently studying the how, where, and when of neighborhood precincts.
The city sought public input while preparing the budget, and the feedback included what people think of the reorg so far. Only 24 percent said that the reorg has made their neighborhood safer. Fifty-two percent said that they don't know, and another 24 percent said that they disagree or strongly disagree.
Only 29 percent said that the reorg has improved police-community relations, while 24 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed, and 47 percent don't know. Thirty-three percent said that they see more officers in their neighborhood, 42 percent said that they disagree or strongly disagree, and 25 percent don't know.
Less than half of the participants, 45 percent, said that they would be willing to pay for additional investment in public safety.
The reorganization is relatively new, though, so it may be that there are still bugs to work out. And if data comes out showing positive trends, such as reduced response times, it's conceivable that people's opinions could change.