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RPD meets with community about sections

Rochester, N.Y. -- The Rochester Police Department met with city residents about the new five-section police patrol system Tuesday.

The department plans to phase in the system at the beginning of 2015.

The department held the fourth meeting with the community at the Public Safety Building Tuesday night.

Chief Michael Ciminelli said, in general, the feedback from the community about changing the way the department is organized has been positive.

The plan is to shift from a division system to five sections. It would change the city from large patrol areas to neighborhood-oriented beats.

The new model was developed looking at five years of data analysis. Ciminelli said the goal is to develop a closer relationship between the community and police.

"We're going to attach a specific police officer, really three based on each of our primary shifts, to a smaller neighborhood-based beat," said Ciminelli. "I think this is what people are going to notice more. I think there's going to be a little less bureaucracy for people to deal with, and we're confident we're going to do this in a way where our level of service is going to stay constant at least and probably be better."

The last meeting is Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Aquinas Institute.

The department will submit its plan to the city in June.


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