Rochester Police Department Selection Process

The Written Examination

The written examination is the first step in becoming a Rochester Police Department (RPD) Officer. The written exam usually encompasses applying written information and rules; memory of facts and information; reading, understanding and interpreting written information; and preparing written material in a police setting. Preparation for the written exam is important to your success in the selection process. The RPD recognizes this and exam preparation tutorial classes are offered. We also provide online examples of possible test questions. Additionally, exam preparation books are available at book stores and local libraries that may prove beneficial to review. 

The Physical Agility Test

The physical agility test is usually held shortly after receiving written exam results. The test consists of pushups, sit-ups and a 1 ½ mile run. All applicants must participate and be successful in the physical agility test to continue in the process. The RPD offers prep courses for the agility test which usually commence two to three months prior to the physical agility test. 

Note: There are only about three to four weeks from the time you receive your physical agility test date to the actual test Therefore, it is imperative that you train well in advance. A good rule of thumb is to be at or above the physical agility standards two months after the date of the written examination. About 50% of applicants do not meet the standards at the physical agility test and cannot continue in the process as a result. The RPolDepartment does not offer “re-tests” or “do-overs.”  If you require any additional information, contact RPD Recruitment at (585) 428-6716.

Psychological Evaluation

This portion of the process consists of a written examination and one-on-one evaluation with a licensed psychologist.

Medical Examination

The RPD follows guidelines set forth by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. For more information or specific standards, follow the link under section 6000.7 (Required Medical Standards).  

Background Investigation

As part of the application process, you will be required to submit to a full background investigation to determine your overall suitability. The background investigation consists of a variety of different checks including, but not limited to, criminal history, criminal involvement, driving history, financial history, illegal drug involvement, employment history, educational history, residence history and military experience. You will be required to submit to a polygraph examination to determine the validity of the answers provided during the various aspects of the background process.

Final Interview

At the discretion of the Chief of Police, a final interview may be administered with any of the successful applicants. This interview may be conducted with administration members or a panel of members. General interview questions, as well as specific applicant questions, may be asked during the interview.

Process Tips

Preparation is the key to the written examination and physical agility tests. Preparing for the exams on your own or attending the offered workshops is highly recommended. A final processing tip is honesty throughout the background process. Dishonesty in any portion of the process is a disqualifier. The RPD Background Unit understands that “no one is perfect,” but does expect a high level of integrity in the selection process. Disclosing all requested information is a testament to the candidate's integrity, which is scrutinized during the hiring process.