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. For additional information, contact Investigator Melissa Frasca by email or phone at (585) 428-7422.
Student Intern Program: The RPD works closely with area high schools and 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. For more information, please contact the RPD Volunteer Coordinator at (585) 428-7496. Click here to obtain an application form.
Police Officer Trainee I & II (Police Cadet): The Police Officer Trainee I / Police Cadet is a paid traineeship program for high school students interested in a career as a Police Officer. To augment their required studies, Cadets are given classroom and field instruction by the Professional Development Section in addition to obtaining work experiences related to police services. Cadets must maintain a satisfactory grade, both academically and at work, to reach goals for education and work experience. Upon graduation from High School, Cadets will automatically transition to Trainee II. Police Officer Trainee II must be enrolled in the criminal justice program at Monroe Community College, carry an equivalent of twelve credits or more, maintain a satisfactory grade academically, and demonstrate a high level of appropriate personal and professional conduct on the job. The number of hours worked per week alternates between full-time and part-time to hours to accommodate fluctuation in a participant’s academic schedule. Contact the Professional Development Section for more information at (585) 428-1223.