City Council News Release - Statement from Council President Loretta C. Scott Regarding the Passing of Rochester’s First African American Police Officer, Charlie Price

For Immediate Release:

May 18, 2021   

Statement from Council President Loretta C. Scott Regarding the Passing of Rochester’s First African American Police Officer, Charlie Price    

On behalf of myself and the members of the Rochester City Council, I want to express how deeply saddened we were to hear of the passing of retired RPD Captain Charlie Price, a man whose commitment and courage helped change our community for the better, both inside and outside of the Rochester Police Department.

As the first African American police officer hired by RPD, Captain Price served our city with distinction.  From the day he was sworn in on December 1, 1947, until he retired 38 years later in 1985, he was an exemplary officer, an outstanding role model, and a source of great pride for Rochester’s Black community.

A native of Rochester, Captain Price’s service to the community where he was born and raised extended far beyond law enforcement.  During his lifetime, he was involved with a number of organization’s dedicated to helping others, including the YMCA, the United Way, Kiwanis Club, Pathway Houses, Eureka Masonic Lodge and the NAACP.

I am honored that during my 30-year tenure as a City of Rochester employee, I had the opportunity to know Captain Price.  Our community has lost one of its finest native sons.

The City Council sends its sincere condolences to the family, friends and former colleagues of Captain Charlie Price.  Rest in peace, thy good and faithful servant.



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