News Release - Deadline for Rochester Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy Nears

City of Rochester
News Release

(Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2023) – The Rochester Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) starts Sept. 13. The 10-week program teaches participants how the department operates, recruits, and trains its officers. Each week, Rochester Police instructors will focus on one or two lessons for attendees. Classes include firearms training with police officers, de-escalation exercises, and demonstrations of how police handle homicides, vehicle stops, drug sales, and more. 

The CPA, established by RPD in 1992, aims to build public trust between officers and city residents. The academy is considered a demonstration of the department’s values: "Serving with Pride – Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence."

For more information and to apply, visit or the RPD Headquarters Desk 185 Exchange Blvd., Applications are due by Aug. 30. Classes will be held at the Public Safety Training Facility, 1190 Scottsville Road. 
Citizen’s Police Academy Schedule (all classes take place from 6-9 p.m.):  

Session #1 – Sept. 13 

  • State of the Rochester Police Department   

  • Recruiting and Hiring Process for RPD Officers     

Session #2 – Sept. 20 

  • Introduction to RPD Patrol Sections   

  • Neighborhood Service Centers (NSC)/Crime Prevention/PAC-TAC     

Session #3 – Sept. 27 

  • Firearms (to include Firearms Safety)   

  • Less-Lethal Options Overview     

Session #4 – Oct. 4 

  • Defensive Tactics - Unarmed Defense and Use of Force Continuum   

Session #5 – Oct. 11   

  • Vehicle Stops and Tactical Approaches  

Session #6 – Oct. 18  

  • Domestic Violence and Conflict Management (De-escalation techniques)     

Session #7 – Oct. 25 

  • Narcotics   

Session #8 – Nov. 1 

  • Introduction to Criminal Investigation Division   

  • Body Worn Camera Program     

Session #9 – Nov. 8 

  • Internal Affairs and Civilian Review Board Process      

Session #10 – Nov. 15 

  • Graduation Ceremony - Certificate Presented to Attendees by Chief of Police   

  • K-9, SWAT, Scuba, Bomb and Mounted Units 


The Administration of Mayor Malik D. Evans strives to create a safe, equitable and prosperous Rochester by inspiring hope and delivering opportunity for everyone. Guided by the Administration’s Mission, Vision and Values and the principles of the “Rochester 2034” comprehensive plan, City employees are committed to providing exceptional customer service, transparent stewardship, and collaborative leadership to foster a vibrant community that empowers personal, professional and generational growth for all who live, work or play in the city of Rochester.