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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 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.

 

Directions

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.

In order to be eligible for the appointment each police officer candidate must successfully complete each of the following activities: 


Medical Exam Character Prescreening

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

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

 



Written Psychological

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


Oral Psychological

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


Job Standard Test

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

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 Relations Section at (718) 312-4226.  Counselors are available Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM through 6:00 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