Steve Hedworth, Canandaigua City Police Chief talked of his career. He grew up in the Phelps area, attended Auburn Community College for his Criminal Justice degree and completed his Bachelors degree at RIT. He started at the Canandaigua PD in 2000 as a patrol officer. Steve says he trys to be a problem solver and to affect change. Since becoming chief he has strived to connect with the community - the hospital, schools & Partnership for Ontario County. He oversees a staff of 27. He states the basic problems in our area are mental health issues, bullying, and opioid issues. He believes that early intervention and early education can help with some of these issues.
Some recent actions of his force are:
~ 15 cameras in downtown area are helping to solve crimes
~ There are more officers walking the streets during daylight hours for more interaction between the police and the community.
~ There will be 4 bike cops this summer
~ Car Seat Training & Exchange program. They've reached out to the hospital and area service organizations in regards to car seat safety.
~ - "Do the Right Thing" program in the county recently recognized 30 young people for doing something good.
~ Officers will go in to Driver Education classes this summer to interact with student drivers.
~ Narcan injection program, where the drug is administered to reverse the effects of heroin overdose, has more than doubled this year from last.
The Police Chief closed saying that his office would be happy to do presentations for any community or neighborhood group.