Civil Service Test Preparation - Rochester Police Department

The written examination is the first step in the process of becoming a Rochester Police Officer. Your ultimate success on the examination is critical to continuing in the hiring process. 

The Rochester Police Department (RPD) provides free written examination workshops for the Police Officer written examination, which gives applicants an inside view of frequently asked questions, tips on preparation and improving test taking skills and overall strategies for success. Workshops are held the month prior to the exam.  The dates of the workshops will be announced here when they are known, after the Civil Service filing date has closed.  Applicants are only allowed to attend one workshop, as all workshops provide the same general information.     

We encourage all applicants to take advantage of the written workshops, but certainly understand that conflicting work schedules and distance from the Rochester, NY area can be difficult.  For applicants who cannot attend a written examination workshop, please click here to refer to the New York State Department of Civil Service website for test guides and resource booklets. This should provide an insight into the type of questions commonly found on the Police Officer written examination. These questions may be similar to those administered on the actual written examination.