Civilian Public Safety Interview Panel

The City of Rochester, in collaboration with the United Christian Leadership Ministry of Western NY Inc., in accordance with NYS Executive Order 203 Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative is forming a “Civilian Public Safety Interview Panel” as part of the hiring process for new police officers. The purpose for the establishment of the interview panel is to have more community engagement in the hiring of new police officers. 

This 9- to 12-member interview panel will be responsible for interviewing prospective police officer candidates regarding their views on contemporary policing, culture and race, and familiarity with the Rochester community among other topics of importance to the community.

Individuals that are selected to serve on the Panel will interview prospective police officer candidates and communicate the Panel’s recommendations to the Chief of Police of the Rochester Police Department.

Interested civilian community members are being sought to serve on this interview panel.  The minimum requirements to serve on the interview panel are as follows:

  • Be a resident of the City of Rochester
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Possess a minimum of a High School Diploma or GED
  • Pass a Criminal Background Check
  • Agree to serve at least two (2) years
  • Attend a modified police academy training
  • Attend the Civilian Public Safety Interview Panel training
  • Be available during business hours to conduct candidate interviews

The deadline to apply is May 20, 2022.

Interested community members may apply to serve on the Civilian Public Interview Panel by completing the application below or accessing it here>>