Rochester Police Department Field Training Program

One of the most important steps in becoming an officer in the Rochester Police Department is transitioning from your academy experience and applying the knowledge learned to “the road.” 

After successful completion of the police academy, you will be assigned to an experienced officer for the Field Training and Evaluation Program. The Field Training Program lasts a minimum of 12 weeks during which you will be with at least three different Field Training Officers.

The Field Training Program is designed towards helping you apply the basic knowledge taught in the pOne standing RPD officer talking to another in carolice academy to "real-life" situations.  Field Training Officers (FTO) are selected based on their knowledge, interpersonal skills and desire to train rookie officers. FTO’s evaluate probationary officers in several areas including appearance, attitude, Department/law knowledge, radio skills, driving skills, research skills, conflict control, field performance, report writing and relationships with others.

For many new officers, field training is an opportunity to learn from the overall experiences of veteran officers. This allows newer officers to gain their own experiences under the direction of senior officers. Many probationary officers form a special bond with their FTO and fondly remember many of the experiences shared during their field training program. 

After successful completion of the Field Training Program, you will be officially certified as a Police Officer and assigned to a Section to gain further experiences as a RPD patrol officer.