The Rochester Police Department provides several opportunities to recognize and engage our youth, further enhancing positive police-civilian interaction. Our youth are our future, and they need to know that we are on the same team. Below are several ways that area youth can either work alongside members of the Police Department, or be recognized for their positive actions.
Do the Right Thing: This program is designed to positively impact the youth of our area by publicly recognizing children who distinguish themselves by their behavior, establishing them as role models for their peers. Click here for more information.
Police Explorer Post 655: The Police Explorer Post is an organization established with the support of the Boy Scouts of America, and closely follows the basic methods and policies of that organization. The purpose of the Explorer Post is to offer young men and women, ages 14-20, insight into the field of law enforcement. Click here for more information, or contact Andrae Evans by email.
Student Intern Program: The RPD works closely with area colleges and actively supports student interests in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Computer Sciences and other fields related to Law Enforcement and Human Services. To further student interest, and to assist the students in achieving their educational goals, the Department maintains a student intern program. Openings are limited. For more information, please contact the RPD Volunteer Coordinator at (585) 428-7496. Click here for more information and to apply.
PREP: PREP stands for Police Recruit Education Project. The mission of PREP is to prepare students for a successful career in law enforcement with the Rochester Police Department. It is open to first year students who are Criminal Justice students at Monroe Community College. PREP includes education, practical training and experience with the RPD, including participation in a mentorship program, part-time employment and job shadowing. Members of PREP are called cadets, and as cadets, they are exposed to a number of law enforcement activities, such as officer assisted ride alongs, training role playing, and community outreach events. A number of cadets have gone on to become police officers with the RPD. PREP is a two-year program. For more information, please contact Officer Christine Wilson, at (585) 428-1223.