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RPD: On the Same Team - Youth Engagement

The Rochester Police Department (RPD) provides several opportunities to recognize and engage with Rochester's youth to further enhance positive police interactions. Young people are the future of our City and need to know that we are on the same team. Below are several ways that area youth can work alongside members of the RPD and be recognized for their positive actions. 

Do the Right Thing Awards: This program is designed to encourage area youth to 'Do the Right Thing" by publicly recognizing those who distinguish themselves by their positive behavior and establishing them as role models for their peers. Click here for more information

Police Explorer Post 655: The Police Explorer Post is an organization established with support of "Scouts BSA" which closely follows the basic methods and policies of Scouts. The purpose of the Explorer Post is to offer young men and women between 14 and 20 years-of-age insight into the field of law enforcement. Click here for more information, or contact Andrae Evans by email.  

Student Intern Program: The RPD works closely with area colleges and actively supports students interested in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Computer Science and other fields related to Law Enforcement and Human Services. To further student interest and assist them in achieving their educational goals, RPD maintains a student intern program. For more information, please contact RPD's Volunteer Coordinator at (585) 428-7496. Although openings are limited, click here for more information and to apply.  

Police Recruit Education Program (PREP): The mission of PREP is to prepare students for a successful law enforcement career with the RPD. PREP is a two-year program and is open to first-year Criminal Justice students enrolled at Monroe Community College. PREP gives "Cadets" a first-hand practical training experience with the RPD, including participation in a mentorship program, part-time employment and job shadowing. PREP participants are also exposed to a number of law enforcement activities, such as role-play training exercises, riding along with police officers and engaging in community outreach events. A number of Cadets have become sworn police officers with the RPD! For more information, please contact Officer Christine Wilson at (585) 428-1223.