Press Releases

Below you can find a copy of all our most recent press releases. Past press releases will be added to the website in the coming days.

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PAB Hosting In-Person Feedback Events

November 8, 2022
Agency Calls for Public Input on Disciplinary Report The Police Accountability Board Invites City residents…

Public Meeting Notice for November

October 31, 2022
The Rochester Police Accountability Board will hold public Board meetings on the following dates: Date(s):…

PAB Chair, Senior Leadership Support Staff Unionization

October 20, 2022
Call for Voluntary Recognition from the CityThe Police Accountability Board Chair and Senior Leadership of…

PAB Releases Monthly Data Report

October 18, 2022
24 complaints filed in September   The Police Accountability Board has published its monthly data…

PAB Calls for State Investigation into Former Executive Director

October 12, 2022
Vows to Work with Staff on Agency Improvements Today, The Rochester Police Accountability Board (PAB)…

PAB Schedules Emergency Meeting

October 12, 2022
The PAB will hold an emergency Board meeting Thursday, October 13.  A portion of this…

PAB Seeks Public Input on Disciplinary Matrix

October 3, 2022
The Police Accountability Board is seeking public input regarding its Disciplinary Matrix draft. The Disciplinary…

PAB Announces Public Board Meeting Schedule

October 3, 2022
PAB Announces Public Board Meeting Schedule The Rochester Police Accountability Board will hold public board…

Opinión Pública de Transparencia de Datos

September 23, 2022
English Haga clic aquí para leer la Propuesta de Cambio completa Descubra más sobre las…

Data Transparency Public Input

September 23, 2022
Español Click here to read the full Proposal for Change Find out more about Proposals…

Matriz Disciplinaria Opinión Pública

September 13, 2022
English Haga clic aquí para leer la matriz disciplinaria Appendix ¿Qué es la matriz disciplinaria?…

PAB Announces Public Board Meeting Schedule

August 31, 2022
PAB Announces Public Board Meeting Schedule The Rochester Police Accountability Board will hold public Board…

How K-9 Officers Are Used in Policing

August 23, 2022
The use of police dogs for crowd control has generated considerable controversy over the years.…

Disciplinary Matrix Public Input

August 19, 2022
Español Read the Full Disciplinary Matrix Here Appendix Find out more about the Disciplinary Matrix.…

Police Accountability Board Names New Member

August 18, 2022
Daniel Cadet Sr. receives resounding support Today, the Police Accountability Board will introduce its newest…

Regular Board Meeting Agenda 8/18/2022

August 18, 2022
August 18, 2022 at 6:30 PM LOCATION: Livestreamed via Facebook (facebook.com/rocpab) & YouTube(youtube.com/rochesterpab) WELCOME &…

PAB Announces Public Board Meeting Schedule

August 4, 2022
The Rochester Police Accountability Board will hold public Board meetings on the following dates: Thursday,…

PAB Monthtly Report from July to August 2022

August 3, 2022
City of RochesterPolice Accountability BoardMonthly Report Date issued: 8/1/2022Reporting Period: 6/20/2022 - 7/31/2022Total # of…

PAB MARKS THE FIRST MONTH

July 6, 2022
111 reports were filed with the agency in the first 30-days Today, the Police Accountability…

PAB Receives 50 Cases in First Week

June 28, 2022
The Police Accountability Board has completed its first full week of accepting complaints. Since opening…

PAB Accepts First Official Complaints Today

June 20, 2022
Begins Efforts to Change Policing in Rochester Today Rochester’s Police Accountability Board has begun accepting…

PAB to Hold Special Meeting

June 13, 2022
The Rochester Police Accountability Board will hold a special Board meeting today, June 13th at…

PAB Board Chair, Shani Wilson Steps Down

June 10, 2022
The PAB announces the resignation of Board Chair, Shani Wilson effective immediately. The Board will…

PAB Meets with Rochester Police Department

June 7, 2022
Today the Police Accountability Board had a productive meeting with the Rochester Police Department. We…

PAB Announces Public Board Meetings

June 2, 2022
The Rochester Police Accountability Board will hold public Board meetings on the following dates: Thursday,…

PAB to Make Announcement Regarding Leadership 

May 26, 2022
Will Outline 30-Day Plan The Police Accountability Board will make an announcement regarding leadership at…

2022 Protests and Mass Gatherings Policy Audit and Recommendations

May 26, 2022
This report reviews the Rochester Police Department’s policies on protests and mass gatherings by explaining…

PAB Schedules Emergency Meeting

May 24, 2022
The PAB will hold an emergency Board meeting tonight, May 24th. Most of tonight's meeting…

A Letter from the Police Accountability Board to the Rochester Community

May 24, 2022
A Letter from the Police Accountability Board to the Rochester Community In the past few…

PAB Announces a Public Board Meeting

May 18, 2022
The Rochester Police Accountability Board will hold an emergency meeting tonight May 18, 2022. The…

PAB Announces Public Board Meeting Schedule

May 2, 2022
The Rochester Police Accountability Board will hold public Board meetings on the following dates: Thursday,…

PAB Holds Rules Committee Meeting

April 18, 2022
The PAB will hold a Rules Committee meeting Tuesday, April 19th. The meeting will begin…

PAB Announces Public Board Meeting Schedule

April 6, 2022
The Rochester Police Accountability Board will hold public Board meetings on the following dates: Thursday,…

PAB Holds Rules Committee Meeting

April 4, 2022
The PAB will hold a Finance Committee meeting, Thursday, March 17th. The meeting will begin…

PAB Encourages Rochesterians to Fill Vacant Board Seat

March 29, 2022
The PAB is thrilled to announce its accepting applicants for a position on the PAB’s…

PAB to hold Finance Committee meeting

March 16, 2022
The PAB will hold a Finance Committee meeting, Thursday, March 17th. The meeting will begin…

PAB announces change in the board meeting schedule

March 14, 2022
ROCHESTER, N.Y. –This week’s public board meeting, scheduled for Thursday, March 17th, has been rescheduled.…

PAB Board Member Ida Perez Steps Down

March 9, 2022
City to Begin Search to Fill Northeast District Seat on PAB Board Today, after two…

PAB announces upcoming Training Committee & Board meetings

March 2, 2022
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Rochester Police Accountability Board is holding a public Training Committee meetings.…

PAB Announces Key Hires in Preparation for Active Investigations

February 7, 2022
Duwaine Bascoe, Vanessa J. Cheeks, Will Cleveland, Melody Harkness, and Chenoa Maye to Help Lead…

PAB Announces Thursday Committee Meeting

November 30, 2021
The PAB’s Matrix Committee will meet this Thursday, December 2nd at 6:30 PM to discuss…

PAB Announces Upcoming 2021 Meetings

October 18, 2021
The PAB is announcing its remaining Board meetings for 2021, which will be held on…

PAB Launches New Website ROCPAB.org & Announces Over 30 Jobs

September 28, 2021
The Rochester Police Accountability Board (PAB) is pleased to announce the launch of its new…

New Staff

August 20, 2021
The Police Accountability Board is pleased to announce the addition of two Rochesterians to its…

Job Seekers

August 17, 2021
Come on out to the City of Rochester's ROC The Block Employment Fair, happening TODAY…

Tracking Our Progress

The Police Accountability Board is currently focused on building the procedures and staffing capacity necessary to do our long-term work. This page is regularly updated to provide the public on our progress in building the PAB into the organization our community needs.

Recruiting & Training Staff

To execute our broad mission to bring accountability and transparency to the RPD’s work, we need staff with the energy, talent, and vision necessary to do the work. In the coming months, the PAB will be recruiting dozens of staffers to fill a host of entry-, mid-, and senior-level staff. We’re looking for attorneys, policy analysts, communications professionals, and people with a host of other backgrounds. If you want to learn more about joining the PAB, visit our Jobs page.

In addition to recruiting staff, the PAB is working to develop the training programs necessary to ensure all Board Members and staff have the knowledge necessary to understand and change policing in Rochester. This training includes, but is not limited to, subject areas like RPD policies and procedures, anti-racism, officer perspectives, and methods of holding police accountable. If you wish to partner with the PAB on a specific area of training, visit our Partner with Us page.

Building the Foundation for Investigating Potential Officer Wrongdoing

It takes a great deal to properly investigate potential instances of officer wrongdoing. It takes qualified investigators. It takes the training of those investigators. It takes policies and procedures for investigations. It takes the development of complaint intake processes and investigation databases. The PAB is gathering all of these resources as quickly as possible, with the goal of opening our doors for complaint investigation in early 2022. To learn about what you can do to address potential officer wrongdoing in the meantime, visit our Complaint & Addressing Officer Wrongdoing page.

Creating Procedures Regarding Access to City Records

To help PAB make RPD’s work transparent, the City Charter gives the PAB the power to access any source of information held by the City or the RPD. This power is located in Section 18-3(H) of the City Charter, which states:

The RPD and the City shall provide to the Board, as requested: access to all documents and evidence, including but not limited to RPD personnel files, IA Pro database, all other RPD databases, PSS investigative files, criminal and civil case files, disciplinary hearing records, video and audio recordings from body cameras or other sources, all RPD policies, procedures, and practices, the General Manual, and any other documents that pertain to policies, tactics, complaints, or charges against RPD officers and their subsequent investigation and adjudication, or other sources of information deemed appropriate by the Board.

To ensure that the City fulfills these information access duties, the PAB retained the law firm of Shearman & Sterling, LLP to negotiate with the City’s Law Department on the PAB’s behalf. The PAB’s lawyers are working diligently to ensure there are written rules that allow the PAB to obtain all needed information smoothly and securely.