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Greater Rochester Chamber to Host “Taking Action Against Targeted Violence” Event for Business with ROCTAC

July 12, 2022

Local agencies providing resources for increased safety and security


ROCHESTER, NY (July 12, 2022) – Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce will present an event with ROCTAC on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at the Paychex Auditorium at Strong Museum under the Rochester TRENDS series, entitled “Taking Action Against Targeted Violence.” This event is designed to help local businesses better prepare to keep their employees and organization safe from potential targeted violence.


ROCTAC, built in partnership with social services agencies, the private sector, and regional law enforcement officials, collaborate to prevent acts of targeted violence before they occur. They are focused on keeping Monroe County safe through community-based intervention approaches for threats by individuals experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis, grievance-fueled violence, or online radicalization. Featured presenters at the 7/28 event will include:


  • Todd K. Baxter, Sheriff, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Michael Fowler, Chief Deputy, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Andrew Lehman, Manager, Worldwide Corporate Security, Kodak
  • Joseph Testani, ROCTAC Program Manager, Federal Bureau of Investigation (Retired, 32 years)
  • Greg Wildman, Sergeant, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, ROCTAC Coordinator


Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy said, “Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy said, “Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our members, their teams, and our community. Thank you to Sheriff Baxter and the ROCTAC task force for sharing their expertise and providing resources to organizations who may be experiencing a safety challenge. We encourage all of our members and community partners to join us at this informative and potentially life-saving event.”


Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter said, “Prevention is a critical piece of the equation when studying targeted violence. While there is no guarantee we will stop horrible tragedies before they occur, we will certainly make every effort. God forbid a catastrophic event does occur in our community, coordination and communication with stakeholder groups to mitigate the threat and its impact is crucial.”


This event is complimentary for Greater Rochester Chamber members, friends, and community partners, and will include light breakfast and coffee, followed by a ninety-minute presentation. Click here to register.


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