The Written Exam
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 your success in the selection process. Because the RPD recognizes this, we offer exam preparation tutorial classes. We also offer an online example of test questions. Additionally, there are exam preparation books available at 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 exam results. The test consists of 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 will 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 2 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 any additional information or help contact the recruitment line (585) 428-6716. Take the time to view our Physical Agility Training Video.
This portion of the process consists of a written examination, and a one-on-one evaluation with a licensed psychologist.
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).
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, criminal 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.
At the discretion of the Chief of Police they may administer a final interview with any or all the successful applicants. The interview may be conducted with one of the administration members or a panel of members. General interview questions, as well as specific applicant questions may be asked during the interview.
Preparation is the key to the written exam and physical agility tests. Preparing for the exam on your own or by attending the workshops is highly recommended. A final process tip is honesty in the background process. Dishonesty in any portion of the process is a disqualifier. The RPD background unit understands that “no one is perfect” but does expect a high level of integrity in the selection process. Disclosing all requested information in the process is a testament to the integrity of a candidate, which is scrutinized during the hiring process.