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 Applicant Processing Division
The primary function of the Applicant Processing Division 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 Applicant Processing Division 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) 972-2503 or (718)972-3120 between the hours of 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
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 Applicant Processing Division.
Parking in the vicinity of the Brooklyn and Queens Applicant Processing Division facilities 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.
Applicant Processing Division
In order to be eligible for the appointment each police officer candidate must successfully complete each of the following activities:
- Brooklyn: 4201 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232
- Queens: 96-05 Horace Harding Expressway, Queens, NY 11368