New York City Police Department

Application Process | Overview
Overview

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.

 

FIRST STEP

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, 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 Applicant Processing Division.

 

Directions

Parking in the vicinity of the Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan 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

  • Brooklyn: 127 Pennsylvania Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207
  • Brooklyn: 4201 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232
  • Queens: 96-05 Horace Harding Expressway, Queens, NY 11368
  • Manhattan: 235 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003
In order to be eligible for the appointment each police officer candidate must successfully complete each of the following activities: 


Medical Exam Character Prescreening

MEDICAL DIVISION,1 LEFRAK CITY PLAZA, 59-17 JUNCTION BLVD., CORONA, N.Y. 11368

Procedure:
  • MEDICAL EXAMINATION
  • DOCUMENT 60 COLLEGE CREDITS & A 2.0 GPA OR 2 YEARS MILITARY SERVICE
  • INITIAL CHARACTER ASSESSMENT
  • FINGERPRINTING
Possible Problems:
  • FAIL MEDICAL EXAM
  • NEGATIVE CHARACTER ISSUES


Character Investigation

96-05 HORACE HARDING EXPRESSWAY, CORONA, NY 11368, 4TH FLOOR
4201 4TH AVENUE, BROOKLYN, N.Y., 11232
NYC POLICE DEPARTMENT- 127 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, NY 11207
POLICE ACADEMY - 235 EAST 20TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10003


Procedure:

  • MEET WITH INVESTIGATOR
  • REVIEW APPLICATION BOOKLET
  • SUPPLY DOCUMENTS
  • ADDRESS PROBLEMS AND DISCREPANCIES
Possible Problems:
  • DISQUALIFICATION DUE TO NEGATIVE CHARACTER ISSUES

The Applicant Processing Division's Personnel History Questionnaire (APD-5 Booklet) is now available on-line as part of a pilot project for select candidates.  The Candidate Relations Section will answer any questions regarding the online pilot project.  They can be reached at 718-972-2503.



Written Psychological

POLICE ACADEMY
235 EAST 2OTH ST.
NEW YORK, N.Y., 10003

MEDICAL DIVISION,
1 LEFRAK CITY PLAZA
59-17 JUNCTION BLVD. CORONA, NY 11368

Procedure:
  • TAKE STANDARDIZED WRITTEN PSYCHOLOGICAL TEST
Possible Problems:
  • FAIL TO MEET STANDARDS


Oral Psychological

MEDICAL DIVISION
1 LEFRAK CITY PLAZA
59-17 JUNCTION BLVD. CORONA, NY 11368

Procedure:
  • ORAL INTERVIEW
Possible Problems:
  • FAIL TO MEET STANDARDS


Job Standard Test

NYC Police Department, 127 Pennsylvania Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11207
Police Academy - 235 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003

Procedure:

  • A PHYSICAL TEST IN THE FORM OF A CONTINUOUS EVENT WHICH MUST BE COMPLETED IN FOUR MINUTES AND TWENTY EIGHT SECONDS (4:28)
  • SEE CANDIDATE RESOURCE BOOK FOR DETAILS
Possible Problems:
  • FAIL ANY AREA


Pre-Hire Interview

MEDICAL DIVISION, 1 LEFRAK CITY PLAZA, 59-17 JUNCTION BLVD., CORONA, N.Y., 11368

Procedure:
  • BRIEF MEDICAL EXAM
  • CHARACTER INVESTIGATION UPDATE
Possible Problems:
  • MEDICAL OR CHARACTER PROBLEMS WHICH RECENTLY OCCURRED OR WERE NOT PREVIOUSLY REPORTED


Additional Requirements

Exceptional circumstances may occur that will require changing the order of the above activities. If you have any problem at any step in your processing, you may call the CANDIDATE SERVICE DESK at telephone # (718) 972-2503 or (718) 972-3120. Counselors are available Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM through 7:00 PM.

In addition to the above qualifications, successful candidates must:

  • Thirty days following the date of hire candidates must possess a valid New York State Driver’s License
  • Thirty days following the date of hire candidates must reside within the five (5) boroughs of New York City and the surrounding counties, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam or Orange Counties

  • Possess a valid high school diploma or its educational equivalent
  • Successfully completed either sixty (60) college credits from an accredited college or university with at least a 2.0 GPA or two (2) years, full-time United States Military Service
  • Applicants must be at least 17 ½ years of age or less than 35 years of age on actual day of examination
  • Candidate must be 21 years of age by the date of hire
  • Be a citizen of the United States at time of appointment

The following are factors which would ordinarily be cause for disqualification:

  • Disposition towards violence or disorder, or which is punishable by one or more years imprisonment
  • Repeated convictions of an offense which indicate disrespect for the law
  • Discharge from employment as a result of poor behavior or inability to adjust to discipline
  • Conviction of an offense which indicates lack of good moral character

STATUTORY DISQUALIFICATION

  • Dishonorable discharge from the United States Military
  • Conviction of an offense for Domestic Violence
  • A Felony Conviction