– The Rochester Police Department wants to hire a consultant to train supervisors in “policing in the spirit of service.”
That’s the motto of Chief James Sheppard. He wants police officers to have a customer-service mindset. Don’t write punitive tickets or make punitive arrests. Work with the public and make citizens your friends. Don’t have an adversarial relationship. This is from the city website:
It is important to acknowledge that every interaction with the community has an impact not only on each individual employee’s reputation, but on the reputation of the entire Rochester Police Department as well.
The department’s citizen cell phone app to report crimes (and police misconduct) is one example.
The city put out a request for proposals. The cost of this training is not indicated. I can’t imagine the police union is happy with the idea of training officers in how to be nice.
Update: The union is not happy at all. Check out the letters the president wrote regarding the iniative.
– Eric Smith is up for parole today. He’s 32 years old and has served 19 years in prison for killing a 4-year-old boy in 1993.
– You know who hates when gas prices go up? Gas stations.
– Wegmans says 40 percent is the magic number. After a successful pilot in Rochester, the chain is rolling out 40 percent recycled plastic bags to all of its stores.