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

Law enforcement day

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

A local man is wanted by police on several bench warrants In Oneida County.

Police are seeking information on the whereabouts of 28-year-old Deshawn P Jackson, who might currently be residing in the Brewerton area near Oneida Lake.

Police say Jackson is wanted on three arrest warrants and one bench warrant issued in Oneida County Court.

Jackson is charged with three counts of Criminal Contempt and also an arrest from a DWI case.

Beween January 22nd 2022 – January 24th 2022, Jackson made several phone calls to the victim ultimately violating the court order that was issued by Syracuse City Court Judge Hon. V. Bogan on 11/16/2021.

On April 18th 2022, Jackson made a phone call to the victim ultimately violating the court order that was issued by Syracuse City Court Judge Hon. V. Bogan on 11/16/2021.

Possibly staying in the Brewerton (NY) area.  Jackson also has an active Bench Warrant from the Rome City Police Department for Criminal Possession of a Weapon – 4th degree.

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