RPD Written Exam Workshops

The entry level Police Officer Civil Service examination is held in November of each year.  The next exam will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The application filing deadline is Friday, September 30, 2016.



Written Exam Workshops: 

The Rochester Police Department conducts free workshops to help prepare exam applicants. These workshops are typically held one month prior to the exam. Applicants are allowed to attend one workshop. Registration is required. Currently there are no workshops scheduled. The dates for the next workshops will be posted on this page when they become available.


Preparing for the Written Exam:

The Recruitment Office is often asked about the best way to prepare for the written exam. There are a few things applicants can do: study and attend one of the written exam workshops. Study guides are available in many libraries, online and in bookstores. Below a list of what to study (this is also available on the Exam Announcement).

The Police Officer written test is designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the following areas:
1. Applying written information (rules, regulations, policies, procedures, directives, etc.) in police situations – These questions test for the ability to apply written rules in given situations similar to those typically experienced by police officers. 

2. Memory for facts and information – These questions test for the ability to remember facts and information presented in written form. You will be given five minutes to read and study the information in the Memory Booklet. After the five-minute period, the Memory Booklet will be taken away. You will then be required to answer questions about the material that was presented in the Memory Booklet. 

3. Reading, understanding and interpreting written information – These questions test for the ability to read, understand, and interpret the kinds of written information that police officers are required to read during their formal training period and on the job. 

4. Preparing written material in a police setting – These questions test for the ability to prepare the types of reports that police officers write. You will be presented with a page of notes followed by several questions. Each question will consist of four restatements of the information given in the notes. From each set of four, you must choose the version that presents the information most clearly and accurately.

To contact a recruiter for more information, you may e-mail at recruit@cityofrochester.gov, or call (585) 428-6716.


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