Becoming a Police Officer in Rochester

The Rochester Police Department (603-330-7127) consists of 26 patrol officers, all of whom are tasked with providing law enforcement and community support services to the residents and visitors of Rochester, New Hampshire.

This guide provides the steps necessary to help you learn how to become a cop by meeting police officer requirements in Rochester:

  1. Meet Minimum Requirements for Employment
  2. Take the Written Examination
  3. Submit an Application for Employment
  4. Take a Physical Fitness Examination
  5. Interview with the Oral Board
  6. Interview with the Rochester Police Commission
  7. Undergo Final Employment Testing
  8. Complete Training and State Certification Requirements

 

Step 1. Meet Minimum Requirements for Employment

If you want to learn how to achieve Rochester Police Jobs you must first ensure you meet all minimum requirements for employment with the Rochester Police Department.  In particular, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least 20 years old (at the time of application)
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Have at least 30 college credits (Candidates who possess police certification are exempt from this requirement.)

Step 2. Take the Written Examination

Before applying for Rochester Police Jobs you must take and pass a written examination either through New Hampshire Technical Institute or Great Bay Community College. You must score at least 80 percent on the cognitive portion of the exam to qualify for Rochester Police Jobs.

If you are a full-time certified law enforcement officer you may not be required to take the written examination.

Step 3. Submit an Application for Employment

Individuals who meet all minimum requirements for employment must submit a cover letter, a current resume, and a City of Rochester Employment Application to:

City of Rochester, New Hampshire
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

You may contact the Training Coordinator at 603-330-7130 or at christopher.cost@rochesternh.net with any questions regarding the application process.

Step 4. Take a Physical Fitness Examination

Provided you meet all minimum requirements for employment, the Human Resources department will contact you to take the physical fitness examination during hiring periods.

Step 5. Interview with the Oral Board

Upon successfully passing the Physical Fitness/Agility examination, you will receive an invitation to appear before the Oral Board for an interview. The Oral Board is comprised of members of the Rochester Police Department.

Step 6. Interview with the Rochester Police Commission

Upon the completion of a successful interview with the Rochester Police Commission and a review of all components of your testing, you may be invited to complete the pre-employment process.

Step 7. Undergo Final Employment Testing

The final stages of the pre-employment testing process include undergoing a background investigation, a medical examination (including a drug screen), a polygraph examination, and a psychological examination.

Step 8. Complete Training and State Certification Requirements

All new officers with the Rochester Police Department are required to undergo training through the New Hampshire Police Academy and become certified (within six months of your hiring date) through the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council.

Further, Rochester Police Officers are required to complete a 6-week in-house training program and an 8-week field training assignment with a certified Field Training Officer.

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