Department History

Philip S. McDonald

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E.O.W. 12-15-1920

Rome, N.Y. Police Officer Philip S. McDonald was killed in the line of duty on December 15, 1920. Officer McDonald and other Rome Police Officers attempted to apprehend a burglary suspect and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The pursuit entered the Village of Herkimer where Officer McDonald's vehicle was able to pass the suspects truck. Officer McDonald exited his vehicle and drew his service revolver as the suspect's truck approached. The suspect jumped from his moving truck and the driverless truck then struck and killed Officer McDonald. The suspect was apprehended, convicted and sent to prison.

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Contact information

301 N. James Street
Rome, NY 13440

Phone: (315) 339-7780

Rome Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative

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

Rome Police Department presents: A night with santa

Come have your child's picture taken with Santa on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at Redeemer Church. Redeemer Church located at 129 N Washington Street will be hosting the Rome Police Department's "A Night with Santa" event. The event will be from 5PM till 7PM, hope to see you there!!

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