On Tuesday, the City of Rochester made a statement saying that it plans to follow in the footsteps of cities like Utica and New York by making the disciplinary records of the Rochester Police Department public via an online database by the end of the year.
Last month, the New York State Civil Service Law had section 50a repealed. This section was responsible for keeping police disciplinary reports hidden from the public.
City Communications Director, Justin Roj has commented, saying:
“The point of the database is to ensure that people have access to information about the officers who are currently working and can be confident they are serving their best interests…There is a large effort underway to digitize and index disciplinary records for inclusion in the database. However, this upfront effort will pay dividends once all of the files are available to the public online.”
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