If your goal is to become a police officer, you must do a considerable amount of work before completing any forms, meeting with any investigator or attending any psychological evaluation.
You will also need to research your school records, obtain your school transcript, and be ready to discuss any disciplinary history, withdrawals and/or failed classes. Make sure you also know the dates and semesters you attended both high school and college.
You must also be ready to explain your employment history in great detail, including, but not limited to, place of employment, job title, start date and end date for each of your jobs, as well as any written disciplinary reports that may appear in your personnel file. If you were fired from a job and someone contacts you asking for an explanation, you must be able to clearly present the facts regarding everything that occurred throughout your employment, including periods of unemployment (if any). If you were terminated from a job, you should disclose your termination upfront because when the NYPD gets your Social Security lifetime history they will see exactly what jobs you had, and ask you to explain why you were let go from certain jobs.
If you have previously, or are now caring for a family member, make sure you have all of these dates and times clearly noted, as well as a list of the doctors your family member needed to see while under your care. You should also create a list of any and all household chores, including food shopping, pharmacy trips etc. that you did while caring for them.
Another important thing you should do is get your LIFETIME driver’s abstract from the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. Go to the DMV website for instructions on how to do this and give yourself a couple of weeks to receive this document. When you get it, review it carefully, so you know each and every violation you ever received, and make sure you are prepared to talk about whatever occurred that caused you to get the violation so you are ready to offer an acceptable explanation.
If your driver’s license was suspended or revoked you should act quickly to get the matter cleared up.
You will run into problems if you appear before the investigator with an incomplete application, vague references and/or inaccurate information.
A thorough, complete and accurate application package with specific dates, times and explanations will go a long way towards helping you get hired. The same holds true for the psychological interview. Before the psychological interview, you will be asked to fill out a form. The information on that form must correspond with all of the prior forms you have already completed. If there are any inaccuracies, or the forms you provided have any conflicting information, you will be thoroughly questioned about it. Be sure to gather all of the facts before you begin the police officer application process.
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