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

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

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

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 

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

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

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

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.


The NYPD starting salary is $42,500.
The salary after 5 ½ years is

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