Candidates are sometimes surprised by the thoroughness of the psychological exam including the written and oral components. Additionally, candidates can be shocked to learn how thorough the psychologist will be when investigating the following: school work; interpersonal relationships; family relationships; legal issues; financial issues; substance use or abuse; alcohol use or abuse and mental health history.

The psychologist will request documents from as far back as pediatrician records which often makes candidates wonder if the request is proper. Additionally, early psychotherapy records from childhood trauma or a parent’s divorce will be requested.

Often psychologists who counseled candidates in childhood may have closed their practice or discontinued work, retired or passed on or destroyed the records. Nevertheless, candidates must show that they made every effort to obtain the records and prove that to the interviewing department psychologist.

If a psychologist receives records after the oral interview the psychologist will review the records before making a final decision.

Attached is the international Association of Chiefs of Police Guidelines for Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluations. They are used by many Law Enforcement agencies.

Click here to check the attached document

Candidates should be aware that if there are documents from their past that indicate some testing or illness or issues regarding school discipline or expulsion or work discipline or termination will be requested by the interviewing psychologist.

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There is some confusion among candidates about whether they must appeal and NYPD psych NOPD. (Notice of Proposed Disqualification)

To clarify: you must appeal an NYPD NOPD psychological disqualification at the NOPD stage or your appeal will be dismissed.

The Psychological Assessment section file may only be reviewed by a licensed health care professional. Your only opportunity to have your Psychological Services Assessment section file reviewed during this administrative process will be at this time.

IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BY THESE DEADLINES, THIS PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF PSYCHOLOGICAL UNSUITABILITY WILL BECOME FINAL. YOU WILL NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE YOUR FILE REVIEWED BY A LICENCED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL DURING THIS ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS AND YOU WILL RECEIVE NOTIFICATION THAT YOU HAVE BEEN DISQUALIFIED.

If you try to begin your appeal, as many people would revise you at the NOD stage the NYPD Legal Bureau will move to dismiss your appeal for failing to exhaust your administrative remedies and failing to have your psychological file sent to your Mental Health Professional (MHP) at the NOPD stage. Your appeal may be dismissed.

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When you receive a civil service job disqualification such as NYPD psych disqualification or/and FDNY medical disqualification it’s crucial you mean with the civil service law attorney to discuss your case.

An attorney who is knowledgeable in the area will be able to describe the appeal process and its three steps. The attorney will be able to get your background history and the complete story of your application process any interaction you may have had with the hiring agencies interviewers and discuss the best way to approach an appeal.

This is best done in person. The spent time to review documents to discuss your life, your education, your work history and any jobs you may have had. Also good to discuss what happened during the application process whether it be background or medical or psychological. After getting all the facts then you can decide if you would like to act.

It is always best to communicate, get all the facts, discuss the strategy and decide if you like to take action. Sometimes deferring to another test or looking at other jobs may be the best advice.

I’ve been helping civil service job candidates for 16 years in filing appeals and also telling them when their appeals may not be successful.

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New York State Civil Service Law sect 76 allows permanent civil service employees to appeal disciplinary penalties.

The statute states in pertinent part: http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/lawssrch.cgi?NVLWO:

The New York City Civil Service Commission website explains the Commission’s role in the process:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/csc/html/appeals/s76disciplinary.shtml

After receiving discipline an employee may choose to file a lawsuit or Article 78 or appeal to the local Civil Service Commission. You can only choose one. You cannot file an Article 78 after appealing to the Commission or vice versa.  Click this link which is a case describing the choice of one appeal type only.

The issues the Commission decides are:

  1. Is there substantial evidence in the disciplinary hearing record to support the decision?
  2. Was proper procedure followed?
  3. Is the penalty reasonable?

If you believe the disciplinary penalty received was improper or excessive or you are facing termination you can discuss your case with an attorney who helps employees.

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Call toll free (888)998-9984

Video describing the NYPD psychological disqualification appeal process and the steps that will help you succeed. NYPD psych NOPD steps followed by what to do if you receive a Notice for a 2nd interview. What you should do if you receive a NOD or Notice of Disqualification which can be appealed to the NYC Civil Service Commission.

Candidates may have an overflowing inbox with 25, 50 or 100 emails a day.  If you miss a Notice of Proposed Disqualification NOPD email for an NYPD psychological disqualification or a Notice of Disqualification NOD and you do not respond within 30 days your appeal may be dismissed.

Candidates may claim, “I never got it!” but evidence can be submitted with the day, date and time the email was sent.

The best advice is to check your email inbox or spam folder every day very carefully because failure to do so can prevent you getting appointed to the job after spending 40-50 hours in applicant processing.

Another tip may be to set up an email filter to have your email provider separate the emails into a separate folder.

Case dismissals are occurring more frequently and close attention is required to prevent bad results.

Please call 516 248 3494 or

email kevin@sheerinlaw.com

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Frequently the question arises should I take action and file an appeal or withdraw from a disqualification.

The answer lies in the circumstances and facts involved in your disqualification. There may be occasions when more time between incidents that caused you to be disqualified is a good idea and you may wish to withdraw and try again later.

There are very few benefits to withdrawing if your ultimate goal is to be an NYPD Police Officer. The withdrawal letter states that the next time you apply for the job the disqualification file will be used in determining your suitability.

Accordingly, you may wish to proceed with the disqualification appeal if your ultimate goal is to be appointed to that job

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If you receive a Psychological Notice of Proposed Disqualification (NOPD) from the NYPD you would have 30 days to decide whether you would like to appeal.

If you do not take action most likely this disqualification would affect your chances to be hired by other law enforcement agencies.

The good news is that the NYPD has begun a second psychological interview or an NOPD interview for some candidates that choose to appeal.

This second interview occurs at a different location with a different psychologist from the first NYPD doctor that interviewed you. Based on the initial doctor interview and your expert or MHP – mental health professional’s report this interview with the different NYPD psychologist has been leading to some success of people getting their Psychological Disqualification reversed before having to appeal to the Civil Service Commission. This is good news for candidates as you may succeed by appealing your original NOPD disqualification.

If you’d like to schedule a free consultation at my Mineola office you can contact me at:

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The NYPD has begun to reinterview candidates who have received NYPD psych NOPD emails.   This reinterview most often occurs at NYPD Psychological Services in East Elmhurst.

The only way to get a reinterview is by appealing your NYPD psych NOPD within 30 days.

This is a video describing the NYPD disqualification appeal process.  Call 516-248-3494 to schedule a free, in office, consultation to discuss your history, the oral interview, and the 3 step appeal process.  You can also email me kevin@sheerinlaw.com or click the contact button above.

What are the best tips for doing well on an NYPD Oral Psychological Interview?

  1.  Cooperate by arriving on time and properly dressed.
  2. Show respect for the psychologist by addressing them as “Doctor” not Chief, Boss, Pal or Buddy which will get you disqualified for showing disrespect during an interview.
  3. Realize that the interview can be aggressive and your answers will be challenged.  The psychologist may loop back and repeat prior questions to ensure you are being consistent in your answers.
  4. Be forthcoming because deceptive answers can be more damaging than revealing answers that you think are problematic.
  5. At the end of interview you will be asked to provide authorizations for your school, medical and other records and if those documents contain information contradicting your answers you can expect a bad result.

If you receive an NOPD for NYPD psych please call me at (888)998-9984 or email kevin@sheerinlaw.com

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