Officer Selection Process - Rochester Police Department

The Written Examination

This is the first step in becoming a Rochester Police 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. Pay particular attention to what is listed on the exam announcement under 'Scope of the Examination.' Preparation for the written exam is important to success in the selection process. The Rochester Police Department (RPD) recognizes this and offers exam preparation tutorial classes and an online example of test questions.  Additionally, exam preparation books that may be beneficial to review are available in book stores and local libraries.

The Physical Agility Test

The physical agility test is usually held shortly after receiving results from the written examination. The test consists of exercises including push-ups, sit-ups, and a 1.5 mile run. All applicants must successfully participate in the physical agility test to continue in the process. The RPD offers prep courses for the agility test, which usually commence 2-3 months prior to the physical agility test. 

Note: Because there are only about two to three weeks from the time you receive your physical agility test date to the actual test, 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. Approximately 50% of applicants do not meet the standards at the physical agility test, and therefore cannot continue in the process. The RPD does not offer “do-overs, mulligans or re-tests.” If you need additional information or help, please contact Police Recruitment at (585) 428-6716.  Take the time to view our Physical Agility Training 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 including, but not limited to,  criminal, driving, educational, employment, financial and residence histories, any illegal drug 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 an administration official or panel of members. General interview questions, as well as specific applicant questions, may be asked during the interview.

Process Tips

Preparation is the key for both the written exam and physical agility tests. Preparing for the examination on your own or attending RPD training workshops is highly recommended. A final processing tip is to be honest throughout the background process. Dishonesty within any portion of the selection process will result in immediate disqualification. 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 a candidate's integrity, which is highly scrutinized during the hiring process.