Officer Selection Process - Rochester Police Department

The Written Examination

The Written Examination is the first step in becoming a police officer in the Rochester Police Department (RPD) and involves reading comprehension, interpreting and applying written information. Preparation is important for successful completion of the written exam and a Police Officer Study Guide is available for your reference.

The Physical Agility TestPolice Academy Training 

The physical agility test is held shortly after receiving results of the written exam and consists of push-ups, sit-ups and a 1.5 mile run. All applicants must participate and successfully pass the physical agility test to continue in the recruitment process. The RPD also offers a preparatory class for the agility test. 

*Note: There are only a few weeks from the time you receive your physical agility test date to the actual test and it is imperative that you train well in advance. Candidates should aim to meet or be above the physical agility standards soon after the date of the written examination. About half the applicants do not meet the standards of the physical agility test and thus cannot continue in the hiring process. The RPD does not offer “do-overs, mulligans or re-tests.” A Rochester Police Department Physical Agility Test Video is available for your viewing.

Psychological Evaluation

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

Medical Examination

The RPD follows guidelines set forth by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). 

Background Investigation

A full background investigation is required to determine a candidates suitability for hiring. The background investigation consists of a variety of different checks, which include criminal, driving, educational, employment, financial and residence histories, illegal drug use or involvement, and any military experience. A polygraph examination is also required to determine the validity of answers provided during various aspects of the background process.

Final Interview

A final interview may be required at the discretion of the Chief of Police with successful recruit candidates to affirm their selection. 

Process Tips

Preparation is the key for both the written exam and physical agility tests. A final tip is to be honest throughout the background process. Dishonesty within any portion of the selection process may be grounds for immediate disqualification. The RPD Background Unit understands that “no one is perfect,” but a high level of integrity in the selection process is expected. Disclosing all requested information is a testament to a candidate's integrity, which is thoroughly examined during the hiring process.