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WDKX.com » Blog » RPD Quadrant Patrols Proposal Gets Positive Feedback
Jan 20th 2014 7:58 am
RPD Quadrant Patrols Proposal Gets Positive Feedback
by News

LaShay Harris loves having a home in the 19th Ward Neighborhood.

"We are diverse, you will see all walks of life," said Harris. "You get like the colorfulness of a neighborhood and it's nothing like it."

The 19th Ward is an active community, but the neighborhood pockets gets its fair share of violent crimes.

"Those pockets of violence threaten the very progress that we are making throughout the neighborhood," she said.

This is why Harris is all about Mayor Lovely Warren's proposal to get back to neighborhood policing.

"Unfortunately the police officers they don't get to know who belongs where," she said.

"We have heard for many, many years about the fact that the community and the people that live here don't necessarily feel they are getting the best services and the relationship isn't as great as it could be," said Lovely Warren, (D) Rochester Mayor.

Warren and Interim Chief Mike Ciminelli want to create at least four patrol divisions for each quadrant of the city. They want to implement this in the next fiscal year.

RPD Locust Club president Mike Mazzeo says it shouldn't really make much of an impact overtime and may even be better on response times.

"I'm sure there's going to be cost for infrastructure but I believe they are going to be outweighed by the services we are going to provide for the community and I think the positive results we are going to get by getting back into the neighborhoods," said Mazzeo.

The current model has two divisions; one on the east and one on the west side of the city. It has been in place since 2004. Some city leaders say it's just not working.

"It's created a clear wedge between the neighborhood and the police," said Adam McFadden, (D) Rochester City Council.

Warren says costs, locations of substations, and a timeline for the proposal should be drafted up within a week.

Source:TWC News