According to a recent article from the Minnesota Public Radio, Rochester, Minnesota is still listed as a great place to live in magazines like Money and Forbes due to its low crime rate. Even though in the last twenty years more than 40,000 people have moved into the city, the crime rate in 2004 was under 8%. However, the bad news is that violent crime has increased in Rochester, but the good news is that property crimes have decreased.
One of the reasons for this low crime rate success is the COPS program which focuses on crime prevention rather than enforcement. Many officers are placed in the Rochester Public Schools as liaisons as well as getting involved in the community. This interdiction program targets the immigrant communities that are new to the U.S. and to U.S. law enforcement which helps strenghthen community police relations.
The COPS program has also increased the numbers of police on the street from 97 in 1995 to 122. Whether this number is enough is still in debate. The Rochester Chief of Police believes that they need at least 175 officers on the street based on FBI guidelines that include socio-economics, crime rates, population and other factors. Right now Rochester is enjoying less crime and better community relations and that is why Rochester is a great place to live.