The plan comes just two days after Raven Cooper, 16, died from a shooting on Bay Street. His death marks the 21st homicide in Rochester this year. There have been 95 shootings to date. Last year there 55, which is why Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard is putting more officers on the street in the hopes of curbing violence and recovering illegal guns. This means more officers patrolling on foot, bikes, horse back and in patrol cars.
Officers will interact more with community members. The police department will use traffic stops, bicycle infractions and bicycle infractions so they can legally stop people as they search for illegal weapons. Ultimately, Chief Sheppard and Mayor Tom Richards say this will only work if Rochester citizens do their part to report crimes and illegal activity.
The chief says they will have to use overtime to increase the police presence but he did not say exactly how much this will cost or the exact number of additional officers that will be out patrolling.