Policing in the Spirit of Service
Embracing a philosophy of Policing in the Spirit of Service represents the Rochester Police Department’s commitment to consistently provide excellent police service to all of the Rochester community. This commitment requires every employee to strive for excellence, while demonstrating courtesy, professionalism and ethics.
The Rochester Police Department is highly respected and embraced as a welcomed partner by youth,community members, neighborhood groups, businesses, educational institutions, clergy, city government, and other law enforcement agencies.
The Rochester Police Department promotes policing as a people business. We place people first, internally and externally, and appreciate the value of each and every person.
The employees of the Rochester Police Department serve this community and its people. We are called upon to enforce laws and ordinances passed by the representatives of these same people, and while doing so, we actively collaborate with our community partners to ensure our City is a safe, thriving environment in which to live, work, visit and have fun.
It is truly an honor and a privilege to represent the men and women of the Rochester Police Department.
-Chief James M. Sheppard
About the Rochester Police Department
Our exceptional staff consists of more than 850 diverse sworn and non-sworn employees serving approximately 230,000 City residents. Our members patrol approximately 37 square miles located within Monroe County.
The RPD is accredited through the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, and was last reaccreditated in 2010.
The RPD is divided into two bureaus, Operations and Administration. View the RPD Table of Organization.
The Operations Bureau consists of Patrol Division West, Patrol Division East, Special Operations Division, Central Investigations Division, Animal Services and the Family and Victim Services Section, which includes the Victim Assistance Unit.
The Administration Bureau contains the Professional Development Section (which includes the Background and Recruitment Unit,), the Technical Services, Budget, and Personnel Sections, and the Research and Evaluation Section, which includes the Volunteer Services Section and Police Graphic Artist Unit.
The RPD takes great pride in providing a police force that reflects the moral values and cultural backgrounds of the residents of our community. Learn more information about becoming a Rochester Police Officer and APPLY ONLINE. View the EEOP Short Form.
There are many other ways that you can be involved and help the RPD make Rochester a better community as well, whether it's providing information to help solve a crime, or volunteering some of your time to work alongside RPD members.
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