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Sally Taylor collection on the Citizens' Police Academy

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITDSA-0123

Scope and Contents

Sally Taylor collection on the Citizens’ Police Academy consists of hand-outs distributed during class, photographs and news clippings. There is a folder for each week of class with hand-outs and Taylor’s notes. Many color photographs are contained within two small photo albums and an envelope. There is also a small envelope with business cards of some of the police officers that worked with the class.


  • Creation: 1985-1999


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

A deaf man living in Rochester, NY named William Odom, was fatally shot by a member of the Rochester police force in 1997. Despite the shooting being ruled as justified since the victim was armed with knives, it still drew attention to the need for better communication to be established between the police and the deaf community. According to a Rochester Democrat and Chronicle article within the collection, it is believed that the Rochester Citizen’s Police Academy is the first anywhere to include deaf citizens. Members of the deaf community established a task force with City Councilwoman Maxine Childress Brown, who has deaf parents and helped secure a $6,000 grant from the city budget to pay for two class interpreters to make it possible. The class had 35 students – 14 deaf, 20 hearing, and one hard-of-hearing. The class met weekly for twelve weeks and involved many hands-on educational activities. These activities included learning to fire a handgun, meeting police service animals (such as dogs and horses), examining counterfeit currency, trying on heavy SWAT team suits, and even riding along with on-duty officers.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)




The Sally Taylor collection on the Citizens’ Police Academy consists of materials collected by Taylor during a twelve week course at the Rochester Citizens’ Police Academy. The collection consists primarily of handouts distributed during class, as well as photographs and news clippings.


The collection is arranged in series, then by date.

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Sally Taylor Collection on the Citizens’ Police Academy

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the RIT Archives in 2013 by Sally Taylor.

Accession number(s): 2013:051

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in January 2015.


RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Jody Sidlauskas
23 January 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA