Chief James Sheppard launched a Twitter page and posted a video on YouTube asking for the community's help in keeping Rochester safe. In the video, Sheppard discusses the recent rash of homicides and shootings, most of which he says occurs in black neighborhood and between young black men. Earlier this year, the police department implemented "Operation Cool Down" as a way to curb the violence in the city. The department has also taken advantage of social media and smartphone technology to encourage better interaction between police and citizens.
So far this year, there have been 24 homicides in the city of Rochester. Only four of those cases are considered closed. Anyone with tips or information is encouraged to call 911.
To view Chief Sheppard's message, click here.