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Deadline for Rochester Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy Approaches

The Rochester Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy (C.P.A.) begins Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024.

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, demonstrations of how police handle 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 Friday, Jan. 5.Classes will be held at the Public Safety Training Facility, 1190 Scottsville Road unless indicated on the schedule. The schedule is as follows: 

Citizen’s Police Academy Schedule (All classes take place from 6 - 9:00 p.m.):

Session #1 – Jan. 10, 2024 

  • State of the Rochester Police Department 

  • Recruiting and Hiring Process for RPD Officers    

Session #2 - Jan. 17, 2024 

  • Introduction to RPD Patrol Sections 

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

Session #3 –Jan. 24, 2024 

  • Professional Standards Section (Internal Affairs)

  • Officer Wellness 

Session #4 – Jan. 31, 2024 

  • Firearms (to include Firearms Safety) – Attendees experience firing a handgun on the Police Range and engage in Judgmental Shooting (Prism)

  • Less-Lethal Option Overview 

Session #5 – Feb. 7, 2024 

  • Crisis Intervention/Forensic Intervention Teams

  • Domestic Violence and Conflict Management (De-Escalation Techniques) 

Session #6 – Feb. 14, 2024 

  • Vehicle Stops and Tactical Approaches 

Session #7 – Feb. 21, 2024 

  • Introduction to Special Investigation Section (Narcotics) - Attendees Experience Hands-on Demonstration of Illegal Drugs Sold/Used in the City of Rochester

  • Introduction to License Investigation Unit and Economic Crimes (Tips given to avoid being scammed)   

Session #8 - Feb. 28, 2024 

  • Introduction to Criminal Investigation Division- Homicide and Serious Crimes

  • Body Worn Camera Program- Policies, Procedures and Demonstrations 

Session #9 – March 6, 2024 

  • Defensive Tactics - Unarmed Defense and Use of Force Continuum (Levels of Force used by RPD Officers Demonstrated with Attendees Participation)   

Session #10 - March 13, 2024 

  • 911 Center Tour - 321 West Main St.  (6 - 6:45 p.m.)

  • Graduation Ceremony - PSB 185 Exchange St.

  • Special Teams Exposition (K9, SWAT, Scuba, Bomb and Mounted Units)


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