Most People Who Want To Join The Rochester Police Can’t Pass The Fitness Test

As the Rochester Police Department looks to boost its roster of officers, it has run into an obstacle: The vast majority of recruits have failed the agency’s physical agility test.

During a Rochester City Council meeting, Chief David Smith said that over the past year, 800 people applied to become Rochester police officers. The department invited half of those applicants to take the fitness test and only 12% — 49 candidates — passed.

Smith noted the problem in a conversation on the department’s efforts to up its recruitment numbers.

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