As your resident cheerleader for all things Rochester, you’d think I’d be excited by the news this week that our fair city will be regularly featured on national television starting in 2009. But since the exposure will come via the A&E show Crime 360, you’ll have to pardon me if I’m a little less than elated.
“Rochester was chosen because of the outstanding cooperation between the RPD and its law enforcement partners in investigating and solving crimes as well as prosecuting the guilty,” program producer Robert Curran said in a printed statement. “The Rochester Police Department takes every homicide personally and works relentlessly to solve the crimes using both high-tech investigative methods along with good, old-fashioned police work. Those are stories worth telling.”
Our boys in blue do a fantastic job holding things down in this city. The violence in some of our toughest neighborhoods is among the worst in the nation. And our per-capita murder rate far exceeds the rest of New York State. So my hat goes off to them for the work they do (and I thank each and every one of them that I come in contact with).
But I do wish Police Chief David Moore had said, “Thanks, but no thanks,” when the show’s producers came knocking. Despite the challenges we face, Rochester has plenty to boast about, and tons of reasons for its citizens to be proud of where they live. This isn’t the kind of national exposure we need, and it’s certainly not going to help local morale.