Rochester Police Department Officer Selection Process

The Written Examination

This is the first step in becoming a Rochester Police Officer. The written exam usually encompasses applying written information and rules, memory of facts and information, reading, understanding and interpreting written information and preparing written material in a police setting. Pay particular attention to what is listed on the exam announcement under 'Scope of the Examination.' Preparation for the written exam is important to success in the selection process. The Rochester Police Department recognizes this and offers exam preparation tutorial classes and an online example of test questions.  Additionally, exam preparation books are available in book stores and local libraries that may be beneficial to review.

The Physical Agility Test

The physical agility test is usually held shortly after receiving written exam results. The test consists of exercises including pushups, sit-ups, and a 1.5 mile run. All applicants must participate, and be successful, in the physical agility test to continue in the process. The Rochester Police Department offers prep courses for the agility test, which usually commence 2-3 months prior to the physical agility test. 

Note: Because there are only about 2 to 3 weeks from the time you receive your physical agility test date to the actual test, it is imperative that you train well in advance. A good rule of thumb is to be at or above the physical agility standards two months after the date of the written examination. Approximately 50% of applicants do not meet the standards at the physical agility test, and therefore cannot continue in the process. The Rochester Police Department does not offer “re-tests” or “do-over’s.”  If you need additional information or help, contact Police Recruitment at (585) 428-6716.  Take the time to view our Physical Agility Training Video.

Psychological Evaluation

This portion of the process consists of a written examination and a one-on-one evaluation with a licensed psychologist.

Medical Examination

The Rochester Police Department follows guidelines set forth by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. For more information or specific standards follow the link under section 6000.7 (Required Medical Standards). 

Background Investigation

As part of the application process, you will be required to submit to a full background investigation to determine your suitability. The background investigation consists of a variety of different checks including, but not limited to, criminal history and involvement, driving history, financial history, illegal drug involvement, employment history, educational history, residence history and military experience. You will be required to submit to a polygraph examination to determine the validity of the answers provided during the various aspects of the background process.

Final Interview

At the discretion of the Chief of Police, a final interview may be administered with any or all of the successful applicants. This interview may be conducted with an administration official or panel of members. General interview questions, as well as specific applicant questions, may be asked during the interview.

Process Tips

Preparation is the key for both the written exam and physical agility tests. Preparing for the exam on your own or by attending the training workshops is highly recommended. A final processing tip is to be honest throughout the background process. Dishonesty within any portion of the selection process is a disqualifier. The RPD Background and Recruitment Unit understands that “no one is perfect,” but does expect a high level of integrity in the selection process. Disclosing all requested information is a testament to the integrity of a candidate, which is highly scrutinized during the hiring process.