Police Chief Ciminelli Releases 2015 Crime Statistics Report

Police Chief Ciminelli Releases 2015 Crime Statistics Report


By Mary McCombs

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Good news delivered by Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli on Wednesday, as he released a report on the 2015 Crime Statistics.

“Crime continues to trend down in the city of Rochester,” said Ciminelli.

The bad news that Ciminelli released also came as no surprise to anyone.

“There is no doubt, that we have an issue with gun violence,” said Ciminelli.

The number of shooting victims is up 20 percent compared to 2014. The number is about 15 percent higher than the five and ten year averages.

The mass shooting on Genesee Street last summer is one of several crimes that drove home the problem of gun violence.

“We had some terrible crimes and that typically is what drives public perception,” said Ciminelli.

The Police Chief said many of these crimes involved personal disputes that were settled by gunfire.

“These violent ongoing retaliatory disputes, while a challenge, also offer an opportunity for police intervention and community intervention,” said Ciminelli.

City leaders credit community involvement in helping to not only help solve crimes but alert authorities to potential trouble. However some believe more needs to be done to get others to speak up and take a stand against crime in their neighborhood.

“A lot of times the community doesn’t want to get involved, because they’re, in other words, they call it that you’re snitching.  But not really, you’re trying to keep the community on top of what’s going on to keep this crime level down,” said Canaveral Barton, a Rochester resident.

Chief Ciminelli said several initiatives are in place to address gun violence that include focusing on known gun offenders and targeted patrols in areas with increased gun activity.

Mayor Lovely Warren said the city is doing its part by putting in place a gun-buyback program along with efforts to change the laws in Albany to address illegal guns.

“Too many people are making senseless choices and causing needless tragedy on our streets and too many people, myself included, are going to funerals to bury our city’s young people,” said Mayor Warren.

A good three months into this year, the police chief says the philosophy of improving relations between police and the community will continue.

“We are constantly trying to assess and reassess how we’re doing it and try to find better ways to do it,” said Ciminelli.