Police Oversight in Rochester - An Examination of Outcomes and Other Models

CGR was engaged by the Rochester City Council to analyze data and research best practices for civilian oversight of police to inform the Council’s review of the Rochester Civilian Review Board in light of community demands for stronger oversight of police. The study found that the oversight model used in Rochester dates back to the first wave of civilian oversight that emerged in the first half of the 20th century and that many cities have gone beyond review-focused oversight to embrace practices including independent investigations of police complaints and monitoring of data. The study also found that complaints in Rochester have decreased dramatically over the last 14 years, and that the Rochester review board has tended to sustain a higher share of complaints than has the Police Department but not a dramatically higher share.

Report Date: Sep 2017
Author(s): Erika Rosenberg , Paul Bishop , Donald Pryor
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Location: Monroe, New York