Find out more about Proposals for Change
A proposal for change is a community and data-driven process where the PAB makes formal recommendations to change policies and practices that impact the Rochester Police Department. This proposal for change makes formal recommendations about the collection and reporting of information about what the police do.
The data that RPD collects and reports should represent the needs of the community and should be available based on the public needs.
Feedback we need most
All community feedback is valued and important, but certain feedback helps us more. We’re most interested in comments that tell us what kind of data you would like to see RPD make publicly available.
Important aspects of this Proposal for Change
RPD performs poorly on a nationwide measure of ideal data transparency but average compared to other police agencies.
PAB recommends better data reporting in twelve categories, including: complaints about police misconduct, instances of officers shooting firearms, use of force, arrests, calls for service, traffic and pedestrian stops, crime reports.
PAB recommends collecting and reporting on demographics of police and people impacted by policing to allow better analysis of inequitable policing.
Process for Public Input
On September 26, 2022, the PAB published the draft of Police Data Transparency: A Proposal for Change, starting a 30-day public comment period. The PAB has extended the public comment period on this Proposal for Change until December 31, 2022.
Click Here for Notice of Public Input.
Thank you for participating in the conversation! For more information on our rules and regulations for comments please see our Terms of Participation.
How we created this Proposal for Change
The PAB researched:
- Resources from the Rochester Police Department, including the open data portal;
- The FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program and Crime Data Explorer;
- What academics and experts say;
- And examples from law enforcement agencies in other places.
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