Join the Rochester Police Department

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Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Excellence 

The Rochester Police Department (RPD) is seeking qualified people as Police Officer candidates. The next entry-level Police Officer Civil Service examination is Saturday, Sept, 26, 2020. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 14, 2020.PRIDE - Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Excellence 

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Officers Michelle Calderon and Orlando Rivera

Contact our Recruiters

To learn more about the rewards and benefits of a career in the RPD, contact RPD Recruitment at or RPD Recruiters Officer Michelle Calderon, (585) 428-7619, or Officer Orlando Rivera, (585) 428-6716.

Description of Duties: 

A career in law enforcement as a Police Officer  is a highly responsible profession involving patrol, inspection, investigation and enforcement duties. Officers have a responsibility for enforcement of laws and ordinances, preservation of peace, protection of lives and property, investigation of criminal offenses, and apprehension of criminals and lawbreakers. Incumbents must exercise sound independent judgment in both emergency and routine situations.  


  • 13 Paid Holidays
  • Shift Differentials
  • Overtime
  • Educational Incentives
  • Salary Increase for Education: 4% for a Bachelor's Degree; 2% for an Associate's Degree
  • Tuition Reimbursement 
  • Roll-Call Pay 
  • Uniform Allowance
  • Excellent Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits
  • 20-Year Pension Plan 

Police Officer Requirements:

  • United States Citizen
    PRIDE - Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Excellence
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be at least 19 years-of-age and not have reached your 35th birthday on or before the date of the written test (except as defined in Section 243 (10-a) of the Military Law), and must be at least 20 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • Valid Drivers License
  • No Felony Convictions
  • Good Physical Condition
  • Good Moral Character
  • Residency is not a requirement at the time of application. You must reside in Monroe County or a surrounding county of Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, or Wayne upon employment.

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RPD Officer Selection process:

Taking the Written Examination is the first step in becoming a Rochester Police Officer and entails applying written information, memory, and reading comprehension. Preparing for the written exam is important to a candidate's successful completion. A Police Officer Study Guide is available for your review.

The Physical Agility Test is conducted shortly after receiving the written exam results and consists of push-ups, sit-ups and a 1.5 mile run. It is imperative that candidates train and prepare for the physical agility exam well in advance, as applicants must successfully complete the physical agility portion to continue in the recruitment process. The RPD does not allow for "do-overs, mulligans or retests." A Physical Agility Test Video is available for your viewing.

The Psychological Evaluation portion of the process consists of a written psychological examination and one-on-one evaluation with a licensed psychologist.

The RPD follows Medical and Physical Fitness Standards and Procedures for Police Officer Candidates as set forth by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). For information on specific standards, follow the link under Section 6000.7, Required Medical Standards.

As part of the application process, a full Background Investigation is required to determine a candidate's suitability and consists of criminal, driving, educational, employment, financial and residence histories, and any illicit drug use. Candidates are also required to submit to a polygraph examination to verify the validity of answers provided during various aspects of the background process. It is important to be honest throughout the background process and dishonesty may be grounds for a candidate's immediate disqualification. The RPD Background Unit understands that "no one is perfect," but a high level of integrity is expected.  

At the discretion of the Chief of Police, a Final Interview may be conducted with successful candidates to affirm their selection. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

The Rochester Police Department is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity among its employees. 

View the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan for RPD Compliance