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Rochester Police Union President Calls for More Resources to Curb Violence

Time Warner Cable News - ROCHESTER, N.Y. (4/2/16) -- In just 48 hours, Rochester saw three homicides and several shootings, including an officer-involved shooting.

Angry and frustrated, Rochester Police Locust Club President Mike Mazzeo said he wants more to be done to fight back against the violence and crime in the city.

“Enough is enough, and it’s time to stop,” Mazzeo said. “We need resources to stop this violence. For too long, there’s been nothing more than a shell game going on in the city by moving police officers around and giving the appearance that we have enough cops in the street -- when we don’t have enough cops in the street.”

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The members of the Rochester Police Locust Club fully understand that there are many factors that contribute to the alarming level of violence and crime in our city. We are particularly concerned about the senseless murders that were committed over the past six months. Poverty, drugs, illegal gang activity and mental health issues are obviously some of the major problems involved. We support any and all efforts the community makes to deal with these complicated and difficult issues.

As law enforcement professionals, however, it is our primary responsibility to deal with the impact that those issues have on public safety every single day in the city of Rochester. The men and women of the Rochester Police Department take our jobs and our oath of service very seriously. We are public servants and we are sworn to protect the citizens of this community. That is why we believe that we have a moral and professional obligation to advise and alert our community if conditions exist that compromise our ability to do our jobs effectively.

To insure that our report to the community accurately represents the professional opinions of our entire membership, we contracted with a highly-regarded, local research firm – BRX Global Research – to do a survey of our membership. Using an expert, outside organization to conduct this survey allowed the members to provide responses confidentially and with identity protection.

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The four 2016-2017 Locust Club scholarship winners were announced at the Annual Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

Several applications were submitted for review by the Scholarship Committee before the four applicants were selected. Each recipient will receive $1,500 each ($750 per semester). The Rochester Police Locust Club Scholarship Committee will pay the award for each semester directly to the scholarship winner for tuition or college-related expenses.

The four scholarship winners are:

  1. Melissa Prewasnicak, who plans on attending Niagara University majoring in Nursing.
  2. Trevor Carney, who plans on attending Princeton majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
  3. Aleah Adams, who plans on attending the University of Albany majoring in Media and Broadcasting.
  4. Alenna Streeter, who plans on attending SUNY Geneseo majoring in Physics.

Congratulations to the scholarship winners and thank you to all the students who applied for the scholarship.

Joint Media Release By The Rochester Police Department, Office of the Chief And The Rochester Police Locust Club, Inc. (9/5/14)

Daryl PiersonAll members of the Rochester Police Department (RPD) are extremely grateful for the outpouring of compassion and support we have received following the tragic murder of RPD Officer Daryl Pierson. Officer Pierson leaves behind a wife, a 4-year-old son, and a 3-month-old daughter. We have received inquiries from many persons on how to send cards, letters, and expressions of sympathy and support. In order to ease the burden on Officer Pierson’s family during this trying time, we are requesting that cards and letters be sent to the following address:

The Family of Officer Daryl Pierson
c/o The Rochester Police Locust Club, Inc.
1425 Lexington Avenue
Rochester, New York 14606

We have also received numerous inquiries from people who would like to make donations to Officer Pierson’s family. In order to ensure that any donations are expeditiously received by Officer Pierson’s family, RPD and the Locust Club recommend the following:

  • Donations may be made payable to the Daryl Pierson Memorial Fund and mailed to the Rochester Police Locust Club, 1425 Lexington Avenue, Rochester, NY 14606
  • Donations may be made at any Citizens Bank/branch in memory of Daryl Pierson.

Arrangements have been made through the Locust Club to ensure that donations to these funds will be expeditiously received by Officer Pierson’s family.

At this time, neither the Rochester Police Department nor the Locust Club has any affiliation with any other fund-raisers or fundraising mechanisms on behalf of Officer Pierson’s family.

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