Crime Prevention

In the late 1970s, the country was experiencing a noticeable rise in crime and violence.  Naturally, this was affecting all communities, both large and small.  Police administrators and community leaders determined that to ensure that peace and tranquility would prevail within their communities, it became a priority to establish a mechanism within their agency that would recognize these acts of crime and violence, record data, and then put into effect a program that could effectively deal with these problems.  Most law enforcement agencies named this initiative the Crime Prevention Unit.

The City of Rome was also facing some of the same concerns as other cities were.  Therefore, the City of Rome Police Department established a crime prevention unit about twenty-five years ago.  One of the first missions was to increase community awareness and to educate the public on how to report and prevent crime and how to protect their property.  This unit continues to promote safety and crime prevention and has expanded its presentations to include identity theft, internet crimes, and credit card fraud in an effort to inform the citizens of Rome regarding the nature of changing criminal trends.

The crime prevention unit of the Rome Police Department is very active and is committed to keeping the community safe.  Programs for children, adults, senior citizens, the business community, and financial institutions have all been formulated and are being continually updated and presented.

Contact information

George Gebo

Police Officer
301 N. James Street
Rome, NY 13440

Phone: (315) 339-7722
gebog@romepd.com

Rome Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative

Comments regarding the Rome Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative should be submitted to policereform@romepd.com

Law enforcement day

The Rome Police Department announces the return of Law Enforcement Day on July 23, 2022.

Oneida City Police are looking for a 54-year-old white male who is wanted on charges of sexual assault, according to Sgt. Mike Burgess of the Oneida City Police Criminal Investigations Division.

Police say Michael A. Merrill, who's residence is unknown is wanted through a bench warrant that includes Sex Abuse 1st which is a class D felony.

Burgess says that Merrill's charges include:

Forcible Touching (class A Misdemeanor)

Endangering the Welfare of a Child (class A Misdemeanor)

Police say the incident occurred in July of this year at a residence in the City of Oneida.

Police are asking for calls and tips to be made to the Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers tip line, anonymously at 1-866-730-8477.