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Our Culture

“EVERYTHING THAT IS CALLED DUTY, THE PREREQUISITE FOR ALL GENUINE LAW AND THE SUBSTANCE OF EVERY NOBLE CUSTOM, CAN BE TRACED BACK TO HONOR. IF ONE HAS TO THINK ABOUT IT, ONE IS ALREADY WITHOUT HONOR.”

- Oswald Spengler, Thoughts

We select perspective police officers with regard to their integrity and judgment. Those selected will be expected to live up to the highest ethical standards in both conduct and decision making. We are empowered to enforce the laws of our country, our state, and our community. We are expected to do so in a fair and impartial manner. Policing is a service oriented profession and we must never lose sight that despite our personal feelings it is our responsibility to be polite and professional in each and every contact we make.
The Accolade by Edmund Blair Leighton
The Accolade by Edmund Blair Leighton

The chief is expected to provide a vision for the department and sell that vision. Supervisors are expected to grow their people, to model behavior for officers to emulate. We are expected to create a culture of honor by our actions, and to foster and demand this of our people Our’s is a truly noble profession and our actions should reflect this.

The Village of Rochester has supported this department by providing us with excellent equipment, training, and facilities. It has provided us an environment in which professionalism could flourish. We acknowledge this support by providing our citizens with the highest quality police work we can deliver.

All of us make honest mistakes, but we must learn from them and acknowledge our mistakes as well as our successes. If you make a mistake it is likely others will too. We all need to learn from each others errors and institutionalize this knowledge. Rationalization, justification, and excuses stand in the way of the learning process. Those that demonstrate these traits usually do not accept responsibility. This creates and impediment to the learning process.

Whether an officer serves three years or thirty years in Rochester they bear our mark and we are irrevocably tied to their success, our reputation rides on it. It is in our vested interest that officers both past and present be of the highest caliber and demonstrate professionalism in all their actions.

Policing is a profession like no other. The values, standards, and ideals you pledge yourself to does not come off with the uniform. They remain a part of you and you will be judged by how well you uphold them.

We are in a public service business, but we are also charged with enforcing laws required for an orderly society. At times this puts us into conflict with the very people we serve. I believe that by creating and fostering a culture based on integrity and service we can equip our officers to handle these difficult times without losing sight of our sense of service. Ultimately, our goal is to create a culture of excellence, and an honor based value system that each of us can take pride in.

Leadership Statement
The Chief of Police is expected to provide a vision for the department and to sell that vision. Supervisors are expected to grow their people, to model behavior for their officers to emulate. We are expected to create a culture of Honor by our actions, to foster, and demand this of our people.

Our Vision
The Rochester Police Department seeks to improve the quality of life for employee and residents alike. We will embrace new ideas and concepts in law enforcement to continually enhance training, technology, and operational efficiency.