Thank you for your interest in the Rochester Police Department. We are committed to selecting only the best possible applicants to become Rochester Police Officers.

The selection process will consist of a written examination, an oral review board, and an extensive background investigation. This process will determine an eligibility list which will be used to fill current and upcoming vacancies within the department.

Candidates selected to become recruits will be given a Conditional Offer of Employment contingent upon their successful completion of the P.O.W.E.R. (Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report) test, medical examination, a psychological screening, and a comprehensive drug test.

You must include with your application the notarized affidavit, the release of information waiver, your college transcript(s), a copy of your high school diploma, a copy of your birth certificate, and your DD Form 214 (if applicable). Before downloading and completing the application, please take the time to view our minimum requirements and familiarize yourself with the hiring process.

***ALL application materials must be received by 5:00 P.M. on July 19, 2019. Applications can be dropped off or mailed to:

Rochester Police Department
#1 Community Drive
Rochester, Illinois 62563


Any questions can be directed to the department by phone at (217) 489-8424 or by e-mail at

Minimum Requirements:

* Minimum of 21 years of age
* U.S. Citizen
*High School Diploma or Equivalent
* Excellent Physical Condition

Tattoo and Ornamentation Policy:
No tattoos will be authorized which are visible on the head, neck, face or hands.

Tattoos which are considered visible in the short sleeve uniform much be covered by a department authorized sleeve or the long sleeve uniform shirt.

Officers may not have tattoo(s), whether covered or not, that is considered inappropriate or offensive.

Officers shall not wear any item of ornamentation in their nose, eyebrow, tongue or any other location of their body that is visible while functioning in a law enforcement capacity.

Nepotism Policy:

Employees shall not be appointed, reclassified, or promoted to any position where he/she would be in direct line supervisory or subordinate position with a relative. Relatives include spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law.

Employees hired in violation of this policy shall be terminated and employees reclassified or promoted in violation of this policy shall be returned to their previous position, if vacant, otherwise shall be terminated.

Residence Requirement:

Individuals shall be recruited from a geographic area as wide as is necessary to assure obtaining well qualified candidates for employment with the Village. Employment is not limited to residence of the Village of Rochester. However, employees of the Village must reside within a 25 mile radium of the Village Office.

Newly hired employees that live outside of the residence limit have six (6) months from their first paid work day to relocate within the 25 mile limit. Failure to meet the 25 mile residence requirement will result in termination.

Current employees hired before November 1, 2005 that reside beyond the 25 mile limit may continue to live at their current locations. However, should a current employees that resides outside the limit move, that employee is required to relocate within the residence limit. Failure to meet the 25 mile residence limit following a move could result in termination.

The Selection Process will include:

* Written Exam
 * Oral Interview
 * Extensive Background Investigation

Applicants who are selected to continue on in the testing process will be given a conditional offer of employment and required to pass the following examinations:

* P.O.W.E.R. Test
 * Comprehensive Drug Test
 * Medical Examination
 * Psychological Screening

Applicants who meet the requirements of the Conditional Offer of Employment will be sent to a State-Certified Academy, typically either Police Training Institute (PTI) or the Illinois State Police Academy, to complete their basic law enforcement training. Upon successful completion of this academy, they will be assigned a Field Training Officer (FTO) who will develop and mentor them in their assimilation of becoming a Rochester Police Officer.



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