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Deadline for Rochester Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy Nears

The Rochester Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) starts September 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.”

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

For more information and to apply, visit or the RPD Headquarters Desk 185 Exchange Blvd., Applications are due by Aug. 30.


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