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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, December 27

Dec 27, 2017

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First hour: RPD's Body Worn Camera Program expands

Second hour: The value of community service and service-based learning

The City of Rochester has entered a partnership with the Coalition for Police Reform – Community Justice Advisory Board to create more transparency in the Rochester Police Department's Body Worn Camera Program. Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli says more than 500 cameras have been used by officers since March, producing between 35,000 and 42,000 videos every month. While national studies in previous years have shown the use of body worn cameras contributed to a decrease in complaints against police and use of force by officers, a rigorous study in Washington, D.C. released in October indicated that the cameras had no impact on citizen complaints or police officers' use of force. This hour, we'll discuss what's next for the Body Worn Camera Program in Rochester, and the cameras' impact on policing at the national level. In studio:

  • Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli
  • Lt. Michael Perkowksi, head of the RPD's Body Worn Camera program
  • Iman Abid, member of the Coalition for Police Reform and chapter director of the Genesee Valley office of the ACLU of NY
  • Mike Bleeg, member of the Coalition for Police Reform, and member of the Facing Race, Embracing Equity Workgroup

Then in our second hour, New York State's Teacher of the Year is back in studio. Christopher Albrecht is a fourth grade teacher at the Fred W. Hill School in Brockport. He joins us to discuss the value of community service and service-based learning, and the impact those models can have on students. He'll also share what he has learned from other districts as he travels the state as a teacher ambassador. Our guests:

  • Christopher Albrecht, fourth grade teacher at the Fred W. Hill School in Brockport, and New York State’s Teacher of the Year
  • Jacob Gaskill, graduate of SUNY ESF, current Ph.D. candidate, and Christopher Albrecht’s former student