Our History

The Rochester Police Foundation was established in May, 2012 by business and civic leaders as an independent, non-profit organization to support the Rochester Police Department in public safety and law enforcement excellence.  

The Police Foundation works closely with the Chief of Police to develop and implement a strategic program to raise awareness and resources that are not readily available through other means to assist RPD with:

  • Community and youth outreach programs
  • Equipment and training to support RPD operations
  • Assistance to families of fallen officers

Among the many initiatives the Police Foundation has funded to date include:

  • The purchase of personal ballistic safety shields
  • Sponsorship of gun buyback campaigns
  • Assistance with the purchase and training of new police dogs for the K-9 unit and horses for the Mounted Patrol
  • Sponsorship of numerous community outreach programs such as Adopt A Family Holiday program, Shop with a Cop, Books & Bears, and other neighborhood events that bring police and citizens together in a social environment
  • Assistance with projects and events that promote anti-violence messaging such as the production of Front Row
  • Assistance to the family of Officer Daryl Pierson and other RPD families during times of need

Board of Directors

Dennis Kessler, Chairman
Shelly Dinan, Secretary
Tim Tompkins, Treasurer
Thomas Bonfiglio
Josephine Boscarino
Paul Ciminelli, Esq
Chris Cimini
Lauren Dixon
Brian Donovan

Mark Gestring, M.D.
Captain Lynde Johnston (Ret.)
Joshua Miles
Peter Mohr
Kevin Morgan
Adrian Morgenstern
Captain Charlie Price (Ret.)
Mark Siwiec
Mary Whittier

Honorary Board

Catherine Carlson
David Christa
Ken Glazer
George Heisel
Nelson Leenhouts
Giovanni LiDestri
Gary Rogers
Michael S. Weed

Contact Us

Rochester Police Foundation
115 Liberty Pole Way
Rochester, New York 14604