Officer Selection Process - Rochester Police Department

The Written Examination

The Written Examination is the first step in becoming a police officer in the Rochester Police Department (RPD). 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 in your success in the selection process. The RPD recognizes this and has made available a Police Officer Study Guide for exam preparation. Additionally, exam preparation books are available at book stores and local libraries that may prove beneficial to review.

The Physical Agility TestPolice Academy Training 

The physical agility test is usually held shortly after receiving written exam results. The test consists of push-ups, sit-ups and a 1.5 mile run. All applicants must participate and be successful in the physical agility test to continue in the recruitment process. The RPD offers preparatory 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 as a result, cannot continue in the process. The RPD does not offer “do-overs, mulligans or re-tests.” If you require additional information or help, contact RPD Recruitment at (585) 428-6716. Take time to view the Rochester Police Department Physical Agility Test video.

Psychological Evaluation

This portion of the process consists of a written psychological examination and a 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 (DCJS). 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 suitability. The background investigation consists of a variety of different checks which include, but are not limited to,  criminal, driving, educational, employment, financial and residence histories, illegal drug use or involvement and military experience. You will be required to submit to a polygraph examination to determine the validity of the answers provided during various aspects of the background process.

Final Interview

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

Process Tips

Preparation is the key for both the written exam and physical agility tests. Preparing for the exams on your own is highly recommended. A final processing tip is to be honest throughout the background process. Dishonesty within any portion of the selection process may be grounds for immediate disqualification. The RPD Background Unit understands that “no one is perfect,” but a high level of integrity in the selection process is expected. Disclosing all requested information is a testament to a candidate's integrity, which is thoroughly examined during the hiring process.