Do The Right Thing Program

DTRT-Awards-logoThe goal of the Do The Right Thing Awards Program is to foster positive relationships between the Rochester Police Department and other local police agencies with youth from Monroe County. Do The Right Thing Awards recognize youth for their positive behavior, accomplishments and good deeds by distinguishing school-age children who strive to make good choices, do well in school, give back to their communities or demonstrate a “turn-around” or improved behavior.    

Who is eligible?

Any student enrolled in 1st - 12th grades in any Monroe County school is eligible for nomination.  The incident the student is nominated for must have occurred in Monroe County, and within one year of the nomination.

How is a child nominated?

Anyone over 18 years-of-age can submit a nomination form.  Nominations are accepted throughout the year.

    • Nomination forms can be completed and submitted electronically.  Click here for the electronic form
    • Or you can print the PDF version of the form and email or fax the completed form.   
    • Forms are also available at the Rochester Police Department and any City school or City library. 
        These completed forms can be faxed or emailed.    


 We award students for conduct such as:
    • Acts of heroism
    • Helping law enforcement/emergency medical personnel
    • Good Samaritan 
    • Courage/quick thinking
    • Leadership/role model behavior
    • Civic responsibility/volunteerism
    • Overcoming personal challenges


Do the Right Thing Awards Ceremony

An awards committee selects students to receive Do The Right Thing Awards from submitted nominations. Student accomplishments are celebrated at a public ceremony in the atrium of the City Public Safety Building, located at 185 Exchange Boulevard.  Typically, five ceremonies are held each year, and up to ten students are recognized at each ceremony.  Recognized students are eligible for several rewards and prizes. Some of these students may also qualify to receive a college scholarship. 

The next Do the Right Thing Ceremony will be held at the Public Safety Building on Thursday, February 15, 2017 at 10:30 am. 

Contact us for more information

Call :    (585) 428-7863

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 Click here to view the names of recent and past award recipients.

Click here to see pictures from recent award ceremonies.