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Mayor, City Council president call for city residency requirement for new police officers

Gino Fanelli/CITY Newspaper

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and City Council President Loretta Scott are calling for a residency requirement for all newly hired officers in the Rochester Police Department.

Warren said that having officers live in the community they protect and serve will help build relationships with the people that they are policing.

“It’s not that you’re coming into a community, and you’re policing that community, and then you’re going out and you live someone else. It is that we’re in this together and I think that residency will require that type of mindset. 'This is my family, this is my community, I’m here to stay, my family’s here to stay,'” Warren said.

The residency requirement will need approval by the state legislature and Warren and Scott say they will be meeting with members of the local delegation to get their support. Officials say that Buffalo and Syracuse are looking for a similar residence requirement for their police departments

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.
James Brown is a reporter with WXXI News. James previously spent a decade in marketing communications, while freelance writing for CITY Newspaper. While at CITY, his reporting focused primarily on arts and entertainment.