News Release - Statement by Mayor Lovely A. Warren on the Passing of Charlie Price, Rochester’s First African American Officer

City of Rochester

News Release

(Monday, May 17, 2021) – I was filled with great sadness when I learned of the passing of retired Police Captain Charlie Price, Rochester’s first African American officer. I fondly recall presenting him with a ceremonial Rochester Police Department Sword in honor of the Department’s 200th Anniversary in December 2019.

Captain Price joined the RPD as the Department’s first African American officer in 1947, rising through the ranks until he retired in 1985 as a captain – a remarkable and historic 38-year career! Along the way, he blazed a trail and set an example of excellence for other officers to follow.

When I found out that we would be forging these beautiful swords as part of the Bicentennial celebration, I thought it would be fitting that Captain Price – who is such an important part of the RPD’s history – should have one. The inscription on the blade reads: “Captain Charles Price – Service – December 1947 to March 1948 - First of Many.”

On behalf of the citizens of Rochester, I extend my deepest condolences to Captain Price’s family, friends and colleagues. We are eternally grateful for his service and for leading the way for others to follow.