This is a "Flash-Back Friday" post from back in the day. Well, 25 years ago, back in 1990 that is, when the Rochester Police Department ran a section model throughout the city for their beats. To me as a child growing up in the city, this meant that the RPD could have a competitive youth softball league in the summer, and all the different sections would compete against each other. Police officers would round up a bunch of otherwise bored, pre-adolescent young men, put them together on a baseball field, and call them a team for their section. My brother and I are pictured on the lower RH picture closest to the camera.
We grew up in what was the Genesee section at that time. I had the distinct honor of being coached by Officer Annie Craven, who didn't take nothin' from no one. Tough, street-smart, and always ready to tell it like it was. Those were the good ol' days, especially the championship games we played at the always beautifully manicured Cobbs Hill diamonds.
And if you haven't heard yet, the section model is BACK! A little different of course, after a 10+ year hiatus, the Rochester Police Department has once again reorganized into a model consisting of 5 distinct sections. And although the number of sections is less than what used to be in the late 80's and 90's, this model utilizes the neighborhood beat structures, divided into some 37 individual patrol beats for the officers. Take a look at the new RPD Beat Map and get a sense of what beat you are under.
Feel like you want more personalized service? Just type your home, office, or work address into the search field of the RPD Beats Map and it will give you the specific beat, supervisor in charge, and contact information. We think the mobile version is even better.
Here's to the next 25 years and making our city a safer, more enjoyable place to live. And maybe they'll bring back the Police Youth Softball League too, for our next generation of children to play on and be made to feel like an integral part of their city.
Jason is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. We still played on the RPD Youth League the year we moved to the suburbs. We'd get dropped off in the police van at home and some of the neighbors thought we were serving weekend jail time. Check out more @theRochesteriat or Facebook.