Bob Duffy was born and raised in the City of Rochester on Lakeview Park in the City’s Tenth Ward/Maplewood area. The youngest of three sons of a Taylor Instruments administrator and a school teacher, Bob played basketball for Aquinas Institute before going on to college and joining the Rochester Police Department in 1976.
Bob’s first career choice was to become a coach or teacher, believing that it was the best way to help people. But after taking the civil service examination for police officer and riding along with a senior officer during training, he knew he’d found his calling. "On each call, (the officer) was helping to solve somebody’s problem."
Bob’s career in the Police Department was one of increasing responsibility and sometimes, of controversy. His first investigative command was to help lead a very difficult and emotional internal investigation following the arrest of former Police Chief Gordon Urlacher. Chief Duffy says that this experience taught him not be afraid to take a stand when it comes to right and wrong -- regardless of who is involved.
As Deputy Chief of Police (1992-1998) and as Chief of Police since 1998, Bob’s mission has been two-fold: to lower the City’s crime rate and improve police-community relations.
In addition to Associate’s Degrees in Recreation Management (1975) and Criminal Justice (1988), Chief Duffy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors in Business Management, Criminal Justice and Communications from the Rochester Institute of Technology (1993). While serving as Deputy Chief of the Police Department, Bob earned a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 1998. And St. John Fisher College awarded Chief Duffy an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 2002.
Bob and his wife Barbara will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary this fall. They live in Southeast Rochester with their daughters Erin (17) and Shannon (15). In his off-duty hours, Bob enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and running. He may try to beat District Attorney Mike Green’s time in the 2005 New York City Marathon, though he’s not optimistic!