The Rochester Police Department (RPD) is facing resource constraints, prompting them to seek assistance. With 636 sworn officers currently on the force, the department recognizes the need to expand its roster by recruiting new officers.

This year, the RPD is placing a special emphasis on attracting African Americans and Latinos to create a police force that better reflects the community it serves. By fostering a diverse and inclusive force, the department aims to build trust and improve community-police relations.

What You Need To Know

  • The Rochester Police Department (RPD) aims to expand its roster by recruiting new officers, with a focus on attracting African Americans and Latinos

  • Currently, only 58 out of 636 sworn officers are black

  • The department acknowledges the need to improve diversity and community-police trust

  • Prospective applicants for the RPD must reside in Rochester, possess a high school diploma or GED, and have a clean felony record

Currently, the racial breakdown of the RPD shows a stark underrepresentation of African American officers. Out of the 636 sworn officers, only 58 are Black while 559 officers are white. Given that the RPD predominantly polices neighborhoods with a significant African American population, this disparity raises concerns.

Rochester Police Chief David Keith acknowledges the issue and acknowledges that although 50% of the previous recruitment class were African Americans, there is still a long way to go in achieving a more diverse force.

Chief Smith emphasizes the importance of having a police force that reflects the makeup of the community it serves. By diversifying the roles within the department, the RPD aims to address biases and foster trust between the police and the community. People often feel more comfortable when they can identify with the officers who serve them. The RPD recognizes the need to attract young men and women who have a genuine desire to make a positive impact in their community and possess the qualities of servant leadership.

To apply for the Rochester Police Department, candidates must hold a high school diploma or GED. A clean felony record is also required. More detailed information about the application process and requirements can be found at, or by calling 585-428-6716. The application deadline is Aug. 4, and the examination is scheduled for Sept. 9. Successful candidates who pass the written examination will proceed to a physical fitness test and undergo several subsequent steps.

After completing the written examination, physical fitness test, and the subsequent stages of the recruitment process, candidates who are accepted into the RPD will have the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career. After 44 months of service, officers can expect to receive a salary exceeding $102,000.