Inmates Help RPD with Anti-Violence Campaign
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The Rochester Police Department is getting some help from inmates in Orleans County to help the city with an anti-violence campaign.
This effort is between the Rochester Police Department and inmates from the Orleans County Correctional Facility. Inmates from the correctional facility's Civic Duty Initiative Team raised more than a $1,000 in 18 months for RPD's gun buy back program and gun drop off. The Rochester Police Foundation was able to match that amount.
Some of the inmates made a video to share their personal stories. It's posted on YouTube so that others can see it.
"I think the key piece for this one is the fact that these men inside those walls want to reach into this community and make a difference and I think it is not so much how many guns we get off the streets, but their message in talking to the young men and women engaged in violence to take a different path," said James Sheppard, Rochester Police Chief.
The next gun buy back is September 22 at Full Gospel Tabernacle Church from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. It is located at 64 Clifford Avenue in Rochester. You get a $50 gift card for any long guns turned in and a $100 gift card per handgun dropped-off.