In 2008, the Rochester Police Department announced another crime fighting tool used to increase the protection of our citizens and the safety of our officers. The City of Rochester purchased fifty cameras that are strategically placed throughout the city based on criminal data developed. Surveillance cameras provide the Rochester Police Department an added tool in keeping our streets safe. Technology has allowed us through the use of surveillance cameras to have an extra set of eyes on our streets. By the end of 2008, fifty surveillance cameras were installed with additional cameras to be ordered. The Rochester Police Department remains committed to ensuring its citizens receive the best protection available. The department will continue to fund and promote resources into ensuring that public safety remains a priority in this community. Several innovative ideas continue to be explored implementing the cameras in conjunction with programs linked to our 911 system.
The PODSS center located in the Public Safety Building, is staffed 24 hours a day with the purpose of monitoring any activity that appears to be suspicious in nature. Within the PODSS center, trained individuals have access to police radios and CAD terminals allowing them direct communication to police officers on the street. Like the many law enforcement entities throughout the nation, Rochester continues to be a lead agency in finding innovative ways to decrease criminal activity.