The recent Rochester Institute of Technology report shows Rochester continues to struggle with deadly violence. It’s disheartening to see an upward trend of homicides over time, when crime overall has declined in recent years.
There’s no greater crime against the people of our city than the taking of a life. Homicides traumatize a community, taking an enormous toll on families, friends, neighborhoods, workplaces and schools.
The report suggests social conditions play a role in homicide rates, and there may be value in a community anti-violence plan. This makes sense.
We need a real plan to reduce poverty, create jobs and provide opportunity. We need true community, solution-oriented policing, building trust among residents and officers. Better police-community relations will save lives.