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Mayor, RPD chief outline patrol changes

Rochester, N.Y. - Changes are coming for the Rochester Police Department.

At a news conference Friday, Mayor Lovely Warren and Chief Michael Ciminelli outlined plans to reorganize the department's patrol model in an effort to allow officers to better understand - and therefore better protect - the neighborhoods in which they work.

Under the new model, the department would assume a five-section patrol model that would place officers in a "neighborhood beat" structure. It would expand patrols beyond typical downtown boundaries to include areas such as Corn Hill, the South Wedge, Wadsworth Square, the East End and High Falls.

"The model," Warren said during Friday's news conference, "is the result of rigorous research and painstaking analysis and is responsive to the direct desires of the community for neighborhood policing, as well as an internal push from the rank-and-file officers to return to single-car beats."

Chief Ciminelli proposed a phased implementation of the new model and that new patrols work out of existing police facilities.

The police department and mayor's office said that they plan to hold public meetings to gauge public feedback and further educate residents about the changes.

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