The first step an individual takes towards becoming a police officer is to take a written Civil Service examination. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) administers these exams. DCAS is responsible for the actual administration of the exam as well as the compilation of the list of names of individuals who pass the exam. DCAS then provides the New York City Police Department with the list of eligible candidates. The Applicant Processing Division then begins the selection process.
The Character Assessment Section
The primary function of the Character Assessment Section is to identify the most qualified candidates to fill the position of various titles, both uniform and civilian, within the New York City Police Department. It is the responsibility of each investigator to ensure a thorough investigation of each applicant which will include, but is not limited to a complete background check on each candidate. The Character Assessment Section investigates thousands of candidates annually, but only the most qualified for the position are selected.
For any questions regarding the applicant processing procedures, please call the Candidate Relations Section at (718) 312-4226 between the hours of 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, or email at APD@NYPD.org.
PLEASE NOTE: You must notify the Candidate Relations Section, via e-mail at APD@NYPD.ORG to submit any changes of contact information such as address or phone number that has occurred after you have taken an exam and prior to initial contact with the Character Assessment Section.
In order to be eligible for the appointment each police officer candidate must successfully complete each of the following activities:
Parking in the vicinity of the Candidate Assessment Center is limited. Candidates are strongly urged to use public transportation when visiting these facilities. Public transportation directions can be obtained from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Travel Information Center at (718) 330-1234.
All pre-hire processes listed below will be held at the Candidate Assessment Center, located at 235 E. 20th Street, New York, NY 10003.