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Join the Rochester Police Department

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The Rochester Police Department will be seeking qualified candidates to join as police officers this fall. The next civil service exam is scheduled for September 2024. Check back on this page for updates. 

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Contact our RPD Recruiters

To learn more about the rewards and benefits of a career in the RPD, contact:

Email RPD Recruitment at recruit@cityofrochester.gov 

Call RPD Recruiters:

  • Officer Michelle Calderon — Office: (585) 428-7619, Mobile: (585) 370-5004 
  • You can also call or text 585-330-6943 any time of day, and someone will respond to you as they are available to.

Description of Duties

A career in law enforcement as a Police Officer is a highly responsible profession involving patrol, inspection, investigation, and enforcement duties. Officers are responsible for enforcing laws and ordinances, preserving the peace, protecting lives and property, investigating criminal offenses, and apprehension of criminals and lawbreakers. Incumbents must exercise sound independent judgment in both emergency and routine situations.  

Benefits

Salary $102,651 after 44 months

  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • Shift Differential, Roll Call and Overtime Pay
  • Educational Incentives and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Salary Increase for Education: 6% Masters Degree; 4% for a Bachelor's Degree; 2% for an Associate's Degree; 2% Military
  • $750 Annual Clothing / Uniform Allowance
  • Excellent Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits
  • 20-Year Pension Plan 
  • paid academy

Police Officer Requirements:

  • United States Citizen
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be at least 19 years-of-age and not have reached your 35th birthday on or before the date of the written test (except as defined in Section 243 (10-a) of the Military Law), and must be at least 20 years-of-age at the time of appointment.
  • Valid Driver License
  • No Felony Convictions
  • Good Moral Character and Physical Condition
  • Residency is not an application requirement but you must reside in Monroe County or any of the surrounding counties of Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, or Wayne upon appointment.

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RPD Officer Selection process

The Written Examination is the first step in becoming a Rochester Police Officer and entails applying written information, memory, and reading comprehension. Preparing for the written exam is important for a candidate's successful completion and a Police Officer Study Guide has been made available for your review.

The Physical Agility Test is conducted shortly after receiving the written exam results and consists of push-ups, sit-ups and a 1.5 mile run. It is imperative that candidates train and prepare for the physical agility exam well in advance, as applicants must successfully complete the physical agility portion to continue in the recruitment process. The RPD does not allow for "do-overs, mulligans or retests." A Physical Agility Test Video is also available for your viewing.

The Psychological Evaluation portion of the process consists of a written psychological examination and one-on-one evaluation with a licensed psychologist.

The RPD follows Medical and Physical Fitness Standards and Procedures for Police Officer Candidates as set forth by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). For information on specific standards, follow the link under Section 6000.7, Required Medical Standards.

As part of the application process, a full Background Investigation is required to determine a candidate's suitability and consists of criminal, driving, educational, employment, financial and residence histories, and any illicit drug use. Candidates are also required to submit to a polygraph examination to verify the validity of answers provided during the background process. It is important to be honest throughout the background investigation and dishonesty may be grounds for a candidate's immediate disqualification. The RPD Background Unit understands that "no one is perfect," but expects a high level of integrity.  

At the discretion of the Chief of Police, a Final Interview may be conducted with successful candidates to affirm their selection. 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Rochester Police Department is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity among its employees. 

View the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan for RPD Compliance

Those who apply for more than one examination offered on the same date by any City, County or State Civil Service agency located in New York State, must make arrangements to take all the examinations at one test site. 

You MUST complete this cross filer form and file it at EACH AGENCY no later than two (2) weeks before the test date.