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    Anybody out there have any information on Rochester PD. Just wondering how their hiring process is conducted along with the FTO training program. Any specific information especially first hand information on this department good, bad, or otherwise is greatly appreciated. Thanks to those who respond.

  • #2
    Their very busy and they pretty much only hire people with experience. That's all I know.
    Last edited by cjs-luke; 11-06-2009, 01:55 PM.
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    • #3
      I think they hired like 5 last year... I got a phone interview which was the closest I got. Will apply again to see.
      Last edited by WoodburyMNLEO09; 11-09-2009, 05:10 PM. Reason: "know" to "think"

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      • #4
        I applied... Took two hours to fill out the electronic app out... then again, it will be nice to always have that on file.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jhelrey View Post
          I applied... Took two hours to fill out the electronic app out... then again, it will be nice to always have that on file.
          Yeah it's sweet, next time a job is posted anywhere with NeoGov just clicky clicky and you've applied.
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          • #6
            Hiring process is a phone interview, then an oral interview and written assessment, backgrounds, medicals/psychs, and looking at a start date of late February. Process goes quick, and not much notice before moving to the next stage. Once hired, there is about 6 weeks of classroom training. About a month into the classroom training is the physical fitness test, and it is pass/fail. Pretty easy test, I don’t know of anyone that has failed it. After the classroom, is PTO. It’s a modified PTO process, but if you google Police Training Officer Program you’ll have an idea of what to expect. PTO lasts about 4 months.

            As far as the department… 12 hour shifts. Shifts are straight days, straight nights, or a shift that rotates a month of days and a month of nights. All equipment is provided. Court schedule could use some improvement. It’s too complicated to try explaining here.

            They hire people both with and without experience. Ten were hired last year, and six had prior experience.

            Here is the union contract. http://www.ci.rochester.mn.us/depart...42007-2009.pdf

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JM2421 View Post
              Hiring process is a phone interview, then an oral interview and written assessment, backgrounds, medicals/psychs, and looking at a start date of late February. Process goes quick, and not much notice before moving to the next stage. Once hired, there is about 6 weeks of classroom training. About a month into the classroom training is the physical fitness test, and it is pass/fail. Pretty easy test, I don’t know of anyone that has failed it. After the classroom, is PTO. It’s a modified PTO process, but if you google Police Training Officer Program you’ll have an idea of what to expect. PTO lasts about 4 months.

              As far as the department… 12 hour shifts. Shifts are straight days, straight nights, or a shift that rotates a month of days and a month of nights. All equipment is provided. Court schedule could use some improvement. It’s too complicated to try explaining here.

              They hire people both with and without experience. Ten were hired last year, and six had prior experience.

              Here is the union contract. http://www.ci.rochester.mn.us/depart...42007-2009.pdf
              Thank you for this informative post!

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              • #8
                The current posting for Rochester is to replace some officers that are retiring or leaving. As far as I know at least 1 or 2 are retiring pretty quickly here. I don't know if one of those postings is to replace Vanessa Mason.

                Rochester's previous hirings have been part of an on-going open posting. They had a steady need for officers for a while. Then the money disappeared and the City basically was hurting for money very quickly. The last go-round I know they hired a couple of guys with no experience, so like what was said above, they will take the best candidates, regardless of experience.

                This may be the last posting Rochester has for a while. Although, when somebody retires, there's usually a mini-exodus that occurs. Maybe more will open up soon.
                "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
                -John Adams


                Disclaimer: My statements are personal opinions, and in no way reflect those of my agency.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Reedo View Post
                  The last go-round I know they hired a couple of guys with no experience, so like what was said above, they will take the best candidates, regardless of experience.
                  They weigh the application (or at least they did) with education/work experience/city work experience, etc. and make cuts before any test/interview.

                  They have a pretty brand new L.E. Center and pretty nice equipment, at least in the squads. They pay well and if I didn't have a job I certainly wouldn't mind working there. There's positives and negatives there like any department.
                  Last edited by minn21; 11-13-2009, 02:10 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by minn21 View Post
                    They weigh the application (or at least they did) with education/work experience/city work experience, etc. and make cuts before any test/interview.

                    They have a pretty brand new L.E. Center and pretty nice equipment, at least in the squads. They pay well and if I didn't have a job I certainly wouldn't mind working there. There's positives and negatives there like any department.
                    Oh yeah, certain Administration and policy issues aside, I'd love to work for Rochester (if they changed said issues). I used to know almost everyone on the department. Not so much anymore, but they've all been a great group.
                    "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
                    -John Adams


                    Disclaimer: My statements are personal opinions, and in no way reflect those of my agency.

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                    • #11
                      The insider info I obtained is that 3 are retiring and 1 officer transferred to Olmstead Co. If you don't make it this go-around, there will be another hiring in the next year or so. I know of at least 2 more positions that will be opening up pretty soon. At least one officer is going to be retiring later on in 2010, and when he goes, there may be a mini exodus of a number of guys. So for sure there's one.

                      Also, they are not yet filling the slot from Vanessa Mason. If she gets fired (or more hopefully, WHEN she gets fired), they'll replace her position. No info on that yet. They just dropped a couple of the charges, but I know there are still enough charges pending.
                      "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
                      -John Adams


                      Disclaimer: My statements are personal opinions, and in no way reflect those of my agency.

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                      • #12
                        Anyone hear back from Rochester yet?... I have not.

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                        • #13
                          Either have I...

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                          • #14
                            Buddy told me they are taking the top 20 something of 3xx applicants...

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                            • #15
                              This is what I got today... via email!

                              "Thank you for the opportunity to review your application for the position of Police Officer with the Rochester Police Department. The information provided on your application was thoroughly reviewed and evaluated. Please be advised that you will not be asked to interview at this time.

                              Your interest in employment with the City of Rochester is sincerely appreciated. Best wishes to you as you continue to pursue your career objectives."

                              My buddy got the same thing....

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