News Release - FILE (Females in Law Enforcement) Invites Prospective Candidates to Explore Careers with RPD

City of Rochester

News Release

(Wednesday, July 15, 2015) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren today announced a new effort to bolster the representation of women serving on the Rochester police force. FILE (Females in Law Enforcement), is a new initiative developed by Recruitment Officer Christine Wilson designed to encourage more women to apply and become Rochester Police Officers. Currently, the Rochester Police Department (RPD) has more than 700 sworn police officers, 84 of which are female.

FILE will host a free, interactive information session called “FILE for a Day,” on Saturday, Aug. 29. The timing of the event corresponds with the City’s Civil Service Exam for Police Officer, which will be held in November and is the first step in becoming a police officer.

“I applaud Officer Wilson for creating this dynamic event to encourage more women to consider a career with the Rochester Police Department,” said Mayor Warren. “Our most recent recruit class was our most diverse ever—with more than half of the class consisting of women and minorities—and we are committed to continuing efforts of promoting diversity within the ranks of the RPD. As the first female mayor of our city, I understand the importance of strong female role models for our youth. FILE enhances our goals to create safer, more vibrant neighborhoods, jobs for our citizens and better educational opportunities for our children.”

Female representatives from the RPD will host “FILE for a Day” and provide an overview of all aspects of the job; from the hiring and background check process, to the Police Academy, to the different opportunities within the Department. RPD officers, investigators and supervisors working in the Patrol and Backgrounds and Recruitment units will participate and lead participants in interactive activities along with representatives from specialized RPD units such as Major Crimes, K-9, Mounted Patrol and Training.

“FILE for a Day is perfect for women who may have considered a career in law enforcement but may have notions or concerns that are stopping them from taking the Civil Service Exam for Police Officer,” said Officer Wilson. “This is an excellent opportunity to learn firsthand about what it takes to become a member of the Rochester Police Department, have your questions answered by experienced professionals and explore additional rewarding opportunities available through a career in law enforcement.”

FILE for a Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Public Safety Training Facility, 1190 Scottsville Rd. The event is free and open to women between the ages of 19 to 34 who have a high school diploma or equivalent certificate, a valid NYS driver’s license and U.S. citizenship.

For event details and to register, visit, call the RPD recruitment office at (585) 428-6716 or email a recruiter at Registration must be completed by Aug. 14, as seating is limited.


News Media: For more information, contact Press Officer Jessica Alaimo, 428-7135.