Five years ago, Rochester Police officer Anthony DiPonzio was shot in the back of the head and the progress he has made has been astounding.
RPD Officer Mike Ciulla makes house calls.
One solution to stopping violence on city streets for the RPD is knowing the people and the neighborhoods. Officer Amy Bauer is a great example of that.
Shootings and homicides are often just the fruit of the tree called crime. The roots are usually in drugs.
Police officers are highly trained and have the best technology and weapons to protect themselves and the community. But a cop's experience and words often make the use of force unnecessary. News 8's Kevin Doran and photographer Jay Gardner introduce you to another one of Rochester's finest.
Rochester Police often find themselves playing a cat and mouse game with drug dealers. They know each other well. They watch each other a lot. In the News 8 Web Extra we watch as Rochester Police Officer Juan Morales and his partner search for drugs they believe are hidden outside an adandoned house in the city.
Police officers come in all shapes and sizes. They have different life experiences and their backgrounds are as varied as the people they serve. But there are a couple things most cops have in common. They truly feel like they're helping. And they enjoy the pace of the job. Kevin Doran and News 8 Photographer Jay Gardner introduce you to another one of "Rochester's Finest."
Rochester Police Officer Joel Hasper is an admitted adrenaline junky. He likes the pace of his job. In this Rochester's Finest "Web Extra" ride along and see what it's like when Hasper gets a call to investigate a report of shots fired in the city.
There are 2500 vacant properties in the City of Rochester. They are owned privately and by the city. Drug dealers love them, cops do not. In this News 8 Rochester's Finest "Web Extra" Rochester Police Officer Joel Hasper explains why vacant lots and buildings are a problem and what RPD is doing to keep drug dealers from setting up shop.
The Rochester Police Department recently stepped up patrols to fight an up-tick of violence in the city. At the heart of that effort are men and women who put their lives on the line every day and night. New 8's Kevin Doran and Photographer Jay Gardner and have been given access to show you what they deal with on a daily basis.
RPD Officer Brittany Jones is one of Rochester's Finest. She likes her job because each day is different. In this special WEB EXTRA News 8 rides along with Officer Jones as she responds to a robbery call.