POLICY &
OVERSIGHT

The Division of Policy & Oversight reviews the policies, procedures, patterns, and practices of the Rochester Police Department. PAB makes recommendations with input from the community. 

Proposals for Change

A Proposal for Change is a community and data-driven process where PAB makes formal recommendations to change policies and practices that impact the Rochester Police Department.

Open

English: Right to Know

Espanol: El derecho a saber

 

Right to Know is closed to public feedback and has been submitted to the Rochester City Council for committee review. At this time, no date has been set for the proposal to be heard. You can read the RPD response to the proposal below. 

Response to RTK from the Rochester Police Department

Closed

Oversight Investigations

PAB conducts Oversight Investigations that create transparency over all powers exercised by the Rochester Police Department and its officers. An Oversight Investigation addresses a specific subject or aims to answer a particular question. 

Open

Closed

There are no closed Oversight Investigations at this time.

Policy Recommendation Tracker

Pursuant to City Charter § 18-5(K), the Police Accountability Board shall review and assess RPD policies, procedures, patterns and practices and recommend changes with input from the community. Additionally, PAB shall publish on its website whether or not the Rochester Police Department has implemented its policy recommendations.

The recommendations below have been approved by the Board and sent to RPD’s Chief of Police. Within 30 days of receiving the recommendations, the Chief of Police must explain whether they agree or disagree with each recommendation.

Policy NumberPolicy SubjectPolicy RecommendationDate RPD NotifiedRPD ResponseStatus
2023-01-1Data Transparency

Ensure that all public datasets are current and machine readable by providing data in a format accessible with commercially available software, such as .csv.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-2Data Transparency

Include datasets on the open data portal on complaints about police misconduct, instances of officers shooting firearms, use of force, arrests, calls for service, traffic and pedestrian stops, and crime reports.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-3Data Transparency

Report incident-level information for all datasets, including: location, time, demographic information, and dataset-specific elements as listed in this report.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-4Data Transparency

Code all incident data and officer-related data with unique identifiers to allow users to link datasets.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-5Data Transparency

Continually evaluate datasets to adhere to best practices, using the Police Data Transparency Index and examples from other agencies as guidance.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-6Data Transparency

Maintain an up-to-date, downloadable dataset of complaints with incident-level information, including: complaint source (internal or external), location (RPD section, beat, ZIP code), time (occurrence, complaint, investigation), officer and civilian demographics, allegation category, specific allegation, investigation finding, discipline, final disposition, appeal status.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-7Data Transparency

Create an up-to-date, downloadable dataset of officer firearm discharge with incident-level information, including: fatalities, justification, accidental discharge, body-worn camera footage, location (ZIP code), time, officer and civilian demographics.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-8Data Transparency

Create an up-to-date, downloadable use of force dataset with incident-level information, including: data elements in the FBI’s use of force data collection program and information about an internal review of the incident.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-9Data Transparency

Create an up-to-date, downloadable arrest dataset with incident-level information, including: arrest charge, use of force, use of Mental Hygiene Detention, location (ZIP code), time, officer and civilian demographics.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-10Data Transparency

Create an up-to-date, downloadable call for service dataset with incident-level information, including: location (ZIP code), time (origin, dispatch, closing), officer or civilian initiated, call type, dispatch result, outcome, priority level, City of Rochester Person in Crisis Team (PIC) dispatch, Monroe County Forensic Intervention Team (FIT) dispatch.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-11Data Transparency

Create an up-to-date, downloadable dataset on traffic, bicyclist, and pedestrian stops with incident-level information similar to California’s RIPA data collection program.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-12Data Transparency

Publish schedules and materials for live or online trainings.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-13Data Transparency

Maintain the existing up-to-date, downloadable crime dataset with additional incident-level information, including: location, time, demographics (officer, victim, accused), charge.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-14Data Transparency

Add a contact email for section offices on the RPD Contact Information webpage.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-15Data Transparency

Implement a version control system that tracks specific changes to rules, regulations, and orders.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-16Data Transparency

Maintain historical versions of rules, regulations, and orders to allow analysis of changes over time.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-17Data Transparency

Create up-to-date, downloadable budget datasets with information for each division or unit, including: personnel and associated costs, the number and associated costs of equipment (i.e., guns, TASERs, ShotSpotter, KIPs, electronic surveillance tools, drones, cars, tanks, helicopters), full contracts with external vendors.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-18Data Transparency

Create an up-to-date, downloadable chase dataset with incident-level information, including: date, time, location (ZIP code), reason for pursuit, pursuit vehicle speed (police and pursued vehicle), accidents, cost of repairs, injuries (officer, bystander, subject).

5/19/2023

6/16/2023


2023-01-19Data Transparency

Engage an outside agency to carry out regular data integrity audits, comparing a random sample of publicly available data with body-worn camera footage.

5/19/2023

6/16/2023