Rochester's police department is going back to a five-patrol-section model under the plan released to reporters by Mayor Lovely Warren an hour ago and shown to City Council in a briefing last night.
Warren says the department will begin transitioning from the current East Side - West Side model to the five patrol zones shortly. The changeover will be effective in March. Some familiar names are coming back: Clinton, Genesee, Goodman, Lake and Central. Each section will have its own captain who's supposed to work closely with neighborhood groups.
Mayor Warren says this plan has been worked up with a lot of public participation, neighborhood meetings and online comments.
Chief Michael Ciminelli says the zones will be further divided into 37 individual police beats, reducing the average patrol size by about 40 percent. That's intended to give more time for foot patrols and for officers to keep an eye out for trouble spots. The number of officers assigned to each part of the city will be roughly the same.
Mayor Warren says the cost will be only about $326,000 per year more than the current plan.