News Release – Volunteers Needed for Civilian Public Safety Interview Panel

City of Rochester

News Release

(Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023) – The City of Rochester and the United Christian Leadership Ministry of Western New York are seeking new members to join the Civilian Public Safety Interview Panel. The 12 person, all-volunteer, citizen-led panel plays a key role in hiring Rochester Police Department Officers.  

Panel members conduct group interviews with recruits to uncover their opinions on policing, culture, race, and their knowledge of the city of Rochester. After each interview, the panel shares their impressions and input with Rochester Police Command staff and the Police Chief, for their consideration as they make their final employment decisions.  

"The Civilian Public Safety Interview Panel provides a much-needed perspective that will enhance RPD’s recruitment and selection process,” said Rochester Police Chief David M. Smith. “Community involvement is vital as we shape the next generation of Rochester’s police force.” 
The panel was developed in accordance with New York State Executive Order 203 Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative. 

The minimum requirements for panel members are below: 

  • Be a City of Rochester resident 
  • Be at least 21 years or older  
  • Have regular availability during business hours to conduct interviews 
  • Be willing to participate the Citizens Police Academy  
  • Pass a background check 
  • Possess a minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • Willing to serve a two-year term 

For more information and to apply, visit

The deadline for this round of applicants is August 30, 2023, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Training will be provided. 
For additional information, email  or call (585) 428-7115.  


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.