Can I become a NYPD Officer without a college degree?

All prospective NYPD recruits must have either 60 semester hours of college credit or two years of full-time experience in the United States Armed Forces. Those who do not meet these guidelines may be interested in the NYPD’s Police Cadet Corps. This work-study program places cadet recruits in paid NYPD support assignments while providing tuition…

How to Become a NYPD Police Officer

Steps to Becoming a NYPD Officer Meet the minimum qualifications for prospective officers. Take the New York City civil service exam. Complete an online application. Pass the medical exam. Complete the personal character assessment. Complete oral and written psychological assessments. Pass the physical abilities test. Appear for a pre-hire interview. Complete police academy training. Begin…

NYPD Police Officer Salary & Benefits

Salary and Benefits NYPD Police Officers receive a substantial benefits package which includes paid vacation, paid sick leave, and retirement funds. In addition to the salary, further compensation includes longevity pay, holiday pay, and uniform allowance, along with opportunities for overtime. Salary The NYPD starting salary is $42,500. The salary after 5 ½ years is…

Appealing a NYPD Psychological Disqualification

We continue to help candidates who have been disqualified from the NYPD.  For more than 18 years we have assisted candidates who receive letters for NYPD psychological, NYPD medical or NYPD character or background disqualification.  In each of these areas we have had notable success in appealing the grounds for disqualification. It is crucial that…

How Hard is it to Pass the Police Academy?

Once hired as a police recruit, prospective officers attend the New York City Police Academy. The rigorous training program lasts six months. The NYPD requires 913 hours of training for their new recruits, which is higher than the New York state-mandated requirement of 700 hours. Of the 913 hours of training: 269 hours are focused on…

Can You Become a NYPD Police Officer if You Have Smoked Pot?

Although it is now legal for New Yorkers to possess and smoke marijuana, police agencies across New York are letting Officers know that they are still prohibited from using the drug, even while off duty. This issue will probably need to be revisited if the federal government decides to remove marijuana from the list of…

NYPD Hiring Process

The following steps are required in order to successfully complete the NYPD hiring process: Written Entrance Exam: Candidates must pass a written examination offered by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services in order to move forward in the hiring process Medical Exam Written and Oral Psychological Exams Background Character Investigation Job Standards Test (JST): Candidates must…

What is the age limit to become a Police Officer in NYC?

Qualifying Age: The minimum age of appointment is 21 years old. However, candidates are eligible to take the Police Officer’s Entrance Exam at seventeen and one half (17½) years old. Candidates may take the Entrance Exam up until their 35th birthday. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Education: You must have earned 60 college credits with a minimum 2.0 GPA…