The Rochester Police Department's "intelligence-led policing" initiative and the proposed police oversight commission will be on the agenda at the next Post-Bulletin Dialogues meeting, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Rochester Public Library auditorium.
Police Chief Roger Peterson, Rochester City Council Member Sandra Means, regional NAACP President W.C. Jordan and Jeff Jurewicz, a board member with the Rochester International Association, will join P-B Managing Editor Jay Furst for the informal talk and Q&A with the audience.
The police department has been using IBM computer-assisted processes in recent years that has helped officers anticipate and respond to criminal incidents. City officials believe it has contributed to lower crime rates, but some citizens believe important privacy issues need to be addressed. Peterson has proposed a new police oversight commission, appointed by the mayor, that would allow for public oversight of how the department uses the technology and how it functions more generally.
P-B Dialogues meetings are designed to give the community a chance to listen to and ask questions of people in the news. A Dialogues session earlier this month was about the proposed Zip Rail train, and next month's topic will be the new Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust.