Rochester must create a new civilian institution to replace our current outdated police review system that fails punish police officer misconduct. The current institutions, the Professional Standards Section and the Civilian Review Board, are either corrupted by conflict of interests or lacking in oversight and disciplinary powers. This makes the current system useless to conduct legitimate reviews of police misconduct. Serious cases are routinely dismissed and punishments are worthless for prevention of future abuse.
Police misconduct occurs in Rochester’s police department as it occurs elsewhere in this country. We need to be able to protect ourselves from police officers who abuse their power or who are unfit to serve us.
The following proposal introduces a new institution that will be effective at holding police officers accountable for the good of the police force and our community.