I represent Candidates who receive NYPD psychological disqualifications. Psychological evaluations for law-enforcement positions should use a variety of courses to determine the candidate’s suitability.

Frequently candidates will say or will hear from others that they failed the written psychological. The written psychological exam is only one portion of the candidate’s exam and generally the following procedure should be used to integrate the findings of the written psychological exam with the other portions of the psychological evaluation.

One of the most comprehensive screening manuals for law enforcement positions is the California Peace Officer Psychological Screening manual or POST.

It describes a five step process as follows:

  1. To determine if the written responses were inconsistent or if candidate over-reported or underreported problems.
  2. To evaluate the responses against the general population and against the Peace Officer candidate population’s responses.
  3. To evaluate the personal history from all sources. These sources could be school, work or psychological history.  To determine if the written test scores corroborate the personal history.
  4. To determine how the oral psychological observations of the interviewing psychologist compared to test scores in personal history.
  5. To take a candidate’s written scores, personal history and clinical observations to either support or oppose the candidate’s suitability for the position.

Based on the above, the psychological evaluation is more than just a written exam. There are responses on the written exam that could trigger strong concerns for a candidate’s suitability. More often though it is the combination of written testing, personal history and the in person oral psychological interview taken together and evaluated together that determine a candidate’s suitability.

If you have questions or you have received a NYPD disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me at 516 248 0040.

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The NYPD Candidate Assessment Division requires candidates print and prepare the following forms prior to reporting for their formal interview with an investigator:

  • CAS-11 Gun Security Form
  • CAS-15 Inquiry Regarding Conviction for Misdemeanor Crimes of Domestic Violence
  • CAS-16 Request for School Records
  • CAS-19 Request for Candidate’s Employment Records
  • CAS-25 Authorization for Release of Information
  • CAS-29 Candidate Records Check
  • CAS-32 Notice to NYPD Police Officer Candidates
  • CAS-38 Corruption Hazard Acknowledgement
  • Location of Military Records
  • CAS Attachment (A) Form
  • CAS Attachment (B) Form
  • Candidate Resource Booklet

Candidates must follow the instructions and complete the forms carefully. If a candidate has any questions on how or when to complete a form, they can call the NYPD Candidate Relations Desk at 718-312-4226 for guidance.

NYPD Police Officer candidates are required to take and pass a competitive civil service examination by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS).

The NYPD Candidate Assessment Division will only accept forms from candidates who have successfully completed the written Civil Service exam. Upon a candidate’s successful completion of the written exam, the department will notify the candidate to proceed with the form application process. Eligible applicants will receive a welcome email to begin their hiring process.

If you have questions or you have received a NYPD disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me at 516 248 0040.

Email: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

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When the Civilian Complaint Review Board (“CCRB”) substantiates allegations of misconduct against a NYPD member, it can recommend the following types of discipline, in descending order of severity:

  • Charges and Specifications are recommended for the most serious allegations of misconduct. Charges launch an administrative prosecution in the NYPD Trial Room. An officer may lose vacation days, be suspended, or terminated if he is found guilty.
  • Command Disciplines are recommended for misconduct that is more problematic than poor training, but does not rise to the level of Charges. An officer can lose up to ten vacation days as a result of a Command Discipline. There are two types of Command Discipline, Schedule A and Schedule B. Schedule B is the more serious of the two.
  • Instructions or Formalized Training are the least severe discipline, often recommended for officers who misunderstand a policy. This determination results in training at the command level (Instructions) or training at the Police Academy or NYPD Legal Bureau (Formalized Training).

The decision is based on the officer’s disciplinary history, CCRB history, performance evaluations and the seriousness of the misconduct.

When the Board has recommended Instructions, Formalized Training or Command Discipline, the case is sent to the NYPD Department Advocate’s Office to impose training and/or other penalties. Cases where the Board recommends charges are prosecuted by the CCRB’s Administrative Prosecution Unit.

CCRB complaints and discipline are recorded in officers’ personnel records and can affect assignments and promotions.

If you have received a NYPD disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me at 516 248 0040.

Email: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

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Although the written and physical fitness tests are vital components of the NYPD process, candidates must also pass the following tests:

  • Background and character investigation
  • Oral psychological assessment
  • Medical evaluation

Candidates must be successful in all three of the above checks in order to make it through to the next round. Character checks may involve contacting previous employers to determine if a candidate was a good employee who would make a good NYPD team member, as well as determining whether or not a candidate has the ability to demonstrate good judgment and the further ability to resist aggression or other inappropriate behaviors.

Candidates will also be screened for drugs and alcohol, as the NYPD has a strict drugs policy and candidates will not make it through if they fail a drug or alcohol screening test.

If you have questions or you have received a NYPD disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me at 516 248 0040.

Email: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

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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 assistance to help candidates meet the college experience requirement.

If you have questions or you have received a NYPD disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me at 516 248 0040.

Email: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Website: www.sheerinlaw.com

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My podcast about New York State Civil Service Law issues is: www.newyorkstatecivilservicelawattorneypodcast.com

Steps to Becoming a NYPD Officer

  1. Meet the minimum qualifications for prospective officers.
  2. Take the New York City civil service exam.
  3. Complete an online application.
  4. Pass the medical exam.
  5. Complete the personal character assessment.
  6. Complete oral and written psychological assessments.
  7. Pass the physical abilities test.
  8. Appear for a pre-hire interview.
  9. Complete police academy training.
  10. Begin working as an officer with the NYPD.

Before applying to become an officer with the NYPD, candidates who meet the hiring prerequisites must first take the written civil service exam. Candidates who pass the civil service exam must next apply to the department. Eligible applicants will be contacted to complete medical and psychological screenings, a character investigation, a physical fitness test, and a pre-hire interview. Prospective recruits who perform well throughout these stages will be conditionally hired and invited to proceed to the final step, attending the New York City Police Academy.

If you have questions or you have received a NYPD disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me at 516 248 0040.

Email: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Website: www.sheerinlaw.com

Blog: civilservice.sheerinlaw.com

Facebook: Law_Office_of Kevin_P._Sheerin

Twitter: @DQLawyer

My podcast about New York State Civil Service Law issues is: www.newyorkstatecivilservicelawattorneypodcast.com

Mental Health Resources for NYPD Members

Many people go through periods in their lives when things seem hopeless or overwhelming. The first step toward a solution is to speak with someone.

Seeking help is never a sign of weakness. If a Police Officer is dealing with a problem of any kind, they should contact and utilize the services offered to them both inside and outside the NYPD. No one should ever shoulder their burden alone. There are trained members ready, willing and able to listen and help 24 hours a day.

Working for the NYPD means that you spend your day helping others. However, before you can take care of anyone else, you must first take care of yourself.

If you have questions or you have received a NYPD disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me at 516 248 0040.

Email: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Website: www.sheerinlaw.com

Blog: civilservice.sheerinlaw.com

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Twitter: @DQLawyer

My podcast about New York State Civil Service Law issues is: www.newyorkstatecivilservicelawattorneypodcast.com

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 $85,292.
When including holiday pay, longevity pay, uniform allowance, night differential and overtime, many police officers have the potential to earn over $100,000 per year.

Additional Benefits

  • 27 Paid vacation days after 5 years of service
  • Unlimited sick leave with full pay
  • Selection of medical benefit packages
  • Prescription, dental, and vision coverage
  • Annuity fund
  • Deferred Compensation Plan, 401K and I.R.A.
  • Optional retirement at one half salary after 22 years of service
  • Annual $12,000 Variable Supplement Fund (upon retirement)
  • Excellent promotional opportunities

Promotional Opportunities

The NYPD offers promotional exams periodically for the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. Promotion to detective, as well as all ranks above Captain, are based upon merit. Each of these ranks afford members the opportunity to earn significantly higher salaries.

If you have questions or you have received a disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me at 516 248 0040.

Email: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Website: www.sheerinlaw.com

Blog: civilservice.sheerinlaw.com

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Twitter: @DQLawyer

My podcast about New York State Civil Service Law issues is: www.newyorkstatecivilservicelawattorneypodcast.com

The JST – or Job Standard Test – is the standard physical fitness test for the New York police department exam. Working as a police officer is physically demanding – and the department needs to ensure that you have the fitness level required to work effectively on a day-to-day basis. Without stopping, candidates must complete the Job Standard Test in 4 minutes and 28 seconds. There are six elements to the fitness exam – in the following order:
  • Barrier surmount – from a kneeling position, candidates must ascend a 6 foot barrier after sprinting 50 feet to reach the barrier.
  • Stair climb – ascending a 6-stair climb system.
  • Physical restraint simulation – measuring how candidates perform in a simulated environment that tests their ability to handle physical force and restraint.
  • Pursuit chase – 600 foot navigation around cones.
  • Victim rescue – dragging a 176 pound simulated mannequin victim 35-feet.
  • Trigger pull – the candidate picks up an inoperable firearm and pulls the trigger 15 times with both the dominant and non-dominant hand. The exam timer will stop once the last trigger is pulled. The firearm must remain inside the nine-inch diameter ring during this phase of the test.
To complete the Job Standard Test in 4 and a half-minutes is challenging. Candidates must be in peak physical performance to make it through to the next phase of the NYPD police officer exam. If you have questions or you have received a disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please feel free to contact me at 516 248 0040. Email: kevin@sheerinlaw.com Website: www.sheerinlaw.com Blog: civilservice.sheerinlaw.com Facebook: Law_Office_of Kevin_P._Sheerin Twitter: @DQLawyer My podcast about New York State Civil Service Law issues is: www.newyorkstatecivilservicelawattorneypodcast.com

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 you have a NYC Civil Service disqualification appeals attorney assist you in your fight to appeal your disqualification.  We frequently appear at the NYC Civil Service Commission to argue on behalf of our clients that their disqualification was improper.

Law Office of Kevin P. Sheerin

NYPD psychological disqualifications and NYC Department of Corrections psychological disqualifications are often appealed.  It is important to hire someone who knows this area thoroughly, has appeared before the Civil Service Commission, knows their rules and procedures and knows how they have decided cases in the past.

I have been a civil service disqualification appeals attorney for more than 18 years. During that time I have helped many clients win their appeal. I can help you too.

If you have questions about your disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please feel free to contact me at 516 248 0040.

Email me: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Website: www.sheerinlaw.com

Blog: civilservice.sheerinlaw.com

Facebook: Law_Office_of Kevin_P._Sheerin

Twitter: @DQLawyer

My podcast about New York State Civil Service Law issues is: www.newyorkstatecivilservicelawattorneypodcast.com