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, discontinued work, retired, 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.

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

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There is some confusion among candidates about whether they must appeal a NYPD psych review NOPD. (Notice of Proposed Disqualification) To clarify: you must appeal a 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 LICENSED 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 advise 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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If you have been arrested you must check that your arrest appears on your APD5. Frequently, candidates give the excuse that “someone told me my arrest record was sealed”. This will not work. If you have been arrested you must disclose your arrest and when you were arrested no matter what the disposition in your court case.

If you were suspended in school you must disclose that you were suspended. Your investigator and psychologist will ask for authorizations to find out about school discipline and when they get reports from your SUNY school or another college that you were suspended you will be disqualified and will most likely be unable to have a successful appeal.

If you were terminated from a job you should state that you were terminated because when the NYPD gets your Social Security lifetime history they will see what jobs you have had and you will have to explain why you were let go from certain jobs.

Unfortunately, if you don’t reveal these things upfront you will get disqualified and will not be able to explain them away.

If you receive a NYPD NOPD character disqualification, I offer a free ZOOM or in-office consultation at my Mineola office. Please feel free to contact me at:

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It can’t get any worse. If you are currently disqualified, it can only get better. You have two chances to succeed. First, you could win at a re-interview at the NYPD Psych DQ Notice of Proposed Disqualification phase. It is extremely important that you have knowledgeable, experienced mental health professionals and attorneys to help, guide and prepare you for any re-interview.

If you are unsuccessful, you have a second chance to win with an appeal to the New York City – Civil Service Commission, which holds hearings and may rule that your disqualification was improper. Naysayers and critics can claim that no one ever wins, but that is not true. Recently candidates have had their NYPD Psych Review disqualification reversed at the NOPD re-interview. Additionally, candidates have had their disqualifications reversed after hearings at the Civil Service Commission. However, your  disqualification will not be reversed if you do not take action.

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If you receive a NYPD NOPD psychological disqualification please call (516) 248-0040 or email to schedule a free in office consultation. Due to the Covid-19 shutdown we are also offering ZOOM consultations.

Kevin has been helping disqualified candidates appeal their NYPD psychological or character disqualifications for more than 17 years now.

He offers many opportunities during the course of your appeal to meet and spend time with him in his office. The first opportunity is when you receive a Notice of Proposed Disqualification or NOPD.

Kevin offers free office consultations. He will meet with you to discuss your history and how the interview with the hiring agency’s psychologist went.  He will discuss with you the topics the NYPD psychologist focused on during your interview.  He will speak with you about your history of arrests, violations or incidents, if any, as well as any problems you may have had in school, at work or in relationships.

During the consultation Kevin will explain to you each and every detail of the NYPD Psych DQ Appeal process.

The consultation generally takes about one hour. After that hour you will better understand the disqualification appeal process and the issues that will ultimately determine your case. Kevin will let you know what he believes your chances are of having your disqualification reversed and what the next best step might be for you.

Once you file a NOPD appeal with your chosen Mental Health Professional (MHP) your chances are very good that the NYPD will offer you a second interview at a different location.  This location is 1 Lefrak City Plaza in East Elmhurst, Queens. These re-interviews are with a different unit which is separate from the Candidate Assessment Division on 20th Street in the old Police Academy building.

If you receive one of these NYPD Psych Review notifications Kevin will prepare with you in his office and will discuss the tips and tactics needed to succeed and how to avoid traps in the re-interview.  He will also discuss the key issues involved in your case so you will have greater insight rather than going in blindly into this re-interview.

During this preparation session you will gain insight into why the hiring agency believes you should be disqualified. Basically,  they believe that you are psychologically unsuitable, so gaining this insight can give you a leg up in your appeal.

If you are unsuccessful or do not receive a second psych interview you will receive a Notice of Disqualification (NOD).  At this point your appeal is filed with the New York City – Civil Service Commission. Even at this second step of the NYPD Psych DQ  process candidates are, more frequently, receiving an additional re-interview. If you receive an additional re-interview after the appeal to the Civil Service Commission, once again Kevin will offer you a preparation session in his office to discuss the process and your best chances for success.

When the NYPD submits documents supporting their decision to uphold your disqualification Kevin requests time to submit a Reply.  He will take the arguments that the NYPD presents and reply to those contentions and point out where they are exaggerated, misguided, distorted or just plain wrong.

After filing a NYPD Psych DQ appeal to the New York City – Civil Service Commission some candidates are granted a Hearing before the Commission. If you receive this hearing Kevin will prepare with you in his office for approximately two hours to again discuss the issues that are going to determine the outcome of your case. He will speak with you about proper attire and grooming to attend the hearing.  He will speak in depth, so you will fully understand the function of the New York City – Civil Service Commission and what type of issues they would like to have resolved in order to have your disqualification reversed.

Mr. Sheerin’s standard fee for all of these services including a hearing, if one is granted, before the New York City – Civil Service Commission is $2500. This flat fee includes an initial in office consultation, an in office preparation session for each and every re-interview you receive and at least a two hour preparation session if you receive a Hearing before the New York City – Civil Service Commission.

This is the same fee Kevin has been charging since he began doing this type of work back in 2003.

Kevin believes meeting with candidates in person and spending time with them is crucial when deciding the best next step for a potential NYPD career or other employment choice. Spending time drilling down on the issues that form the basis of a disqualification with someone who has been in this line of work for over 17 years is crucial for a candidate trying to get a thorough, complete and accurate understanding of the challenges they are facing.

Phone consultations do not allow for a review of documents such as court dispositions, moving violations, college transcripts or a CAS-5 filled out during the application process. It is crucial to review Individual Education Plans (IEPs) as well as issues regarding ADHD medicines and work or school discipline, suspension or terminations in order to get a complete sense of your chances on appeal.

Everyone knows how life-changing a successful disqualification appeal can be for you.

By investing some of your time, money and energy you are making the best investment into a successful future.

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The NYC Civil Service Commission has posted on their website that they are operating at an alternate site due to COVID-19.

You may email them rather than attempting an in-person visit regarding your NOPD or NOD in connection with your NYPD Psych DQ or NYPD Psych Review.


NYC Civil Service Commission announcement.

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Candidates contact me all the time and email me their NYPD Psych DQ Notice of Disqualification (NOD).  When I ask them to search for in their email inbox they say they received a NYPD Psych Review Notice of Proposed Disqualification two or three months prior.  This creates a problem because during processing you agreed that NYPD or another hiring agency could contact you by email.  When you miss the email and 30 days passes your disqualification appeal will be dismissed.

Therefore, it is imperative that you check your emails daily to see if you have received a disqualification email from either or  to prevent you from losing your chance to appeal.

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If you received a Notice of Proposed Disqualification (NOPD) in your email inbox you can appeal. I offer a free consultation if you receive a NYPD Psych DQ, medical disqualification or character/background disqualification. Please call 516-248-3494 or email me at to arrange for a free consultation. Two factors are crucial in your disqualification appeal. The first is following the appeal process. The second is the facts of your case.

It is vital that you consult with someone experienced in this appeals process. Appealing the NOPD on your own can cause you to miss opportunities to make crucial arguments that could turn the appeal in your favor.


The Applicant was a NYPD Police Candidate. Due to his active status in the military, the candidate was unaware he had infractions on his driving record and could not resolve them immediately due to deployment. Mr. Sheerin presented this case in front of the New York City Civil Service Commission and established that when Appellant became aware of the infractions, he reported them consistently and credibly. After further consideration, the Commission reversed the disqualification.

A Corrections Officer candidate was denied by The Nassau County Civil Service Commission because of his failure to finish school, as well as his prior private employment issues and arrest record. Mr. Sheerin represented the client and put together a compelling argument stating that the candidate had turned his life around and worked very hard to get to where he is today despite past circumstances out of his control. After reviewing the appeal argument, the Commission rescinded their disqualification for the Applicant.

If you would like a chance at becoming a success story and having your disqualification reversed, please call or email me to discuss your NYPD Psych Review appeal.

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If you receive a NYPD Psych DQ NOPD you should appeal rather than have to explain this disqualification at every future job interview for the rest of your life.

The percentage of successful appeals has shot up recently due to the psychological re-interview policy at the NYPD.  There was a time, not long ago, when your only chance of getting a Psychological Disqualification reversed was at the NYC Civil Service Commission. But now, the NYPD re-interviews many candidates who file a NYPD Psych Review NOPD appeal.

Those disqualified candidates who do not file an appeal pass up the chance to get a re-interview which is also known as a NOPD interview. If you do not appeal you will never get another chance to get appointed from that exam.

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Appealing a Civil Service Exam Disqualification:

Have you taken a civil service exam to become a police officer, fire fighter, corrections officer, sanitation worker or other civil servant for New York City or New York State and received a letter stating you are disqualified – either for medical, psychological or background/character reasons? If so you must first realize that you have only THIRTY days to appeal this decision, so you must act quickly. Your best option is to seek the legal advice of an attorney to properly handle this situation.

Below, we discuss why people are disqualified and what they can do to appeal a New York City or New York State civil service disqualification.

New York City Civil Service Disqualifications: Types of Disqualifications

There are three main types of disqualifications for civil service jobs – medical, psychological and character.


Reason: Fail the medical examination.

There are many reasons why candidates can be medically disqualified. Any physical disability that would make it difficult to perform the duties of the position applied for would be grounds for disqualification. This would include minor problems with hearing or vision as well as more major issues involving the respiratory or cardiovascular systems.


Reason: Fail the written or oral psychological examination.

There are two components to the psychological exam – written and oral. You can fail either one of these portions and be disqualified. If you receive a psychological disqualification you will need to seek out a second opinion from another psychologist. This doctor will need to interview you and review the records from the department you applied to and then write a report concerning their professional opinion of your fitness to serve as a civil servant.


Reason: Fail the background check.

On the DCAS website they set forth the following list of concerning factors that may disqualify a candidate from the NYPD:

The following are factors which would ordinarily be cause for disqualification:

  • Conviction of an offense which indicates lack of good moral character or disposition towards violence or disorder, or which is punishable by one or more years imprisonment.
  • Repeated convictions of an offense which indicates disrespect for the law.
  • Discharge from employment as a result of poor behavior or inability to adjust to discipline.
  • Dishonorable discharge from the United States Military.
  • Conviction of an offense for Domestic Violence Misdemeanors.
  • A Felony.
  • Statutory Disqualification (disqualified by law).

What to Do

First off, you need to remember that you have a limited time (only thirty days-USUALLY CHECK THE LETTER OR EMAIL YOU RECEIVED)  to appeal your disqualification so you need to act fast. Seeking out the aid of a Civil Service Attorney may be your best option since they know the necessary steps for filing an appeal.

To appeal a civil service disqualification you must submit a letter to the Civil Service Commission explaining your intent to appeal as well as any supporting documents and a copy of the disqualification letter. This letter should be sent Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested.

Once the Commission receives the letter, they will mail out an acknowledgment of appeal letter and send the appeal to the appropriate internal division for review and recommendation.

In the case of a medical or psychological disqualification you will need to see a third “independent” medical professional to obtain medical documentation that would support your argument that you are qualified for the job in question. This doctor will review the report written by the original doctor and write their own report with their findings. This report is then sent to the Civil Service Commission for them to review in making their final determination. You have sixty days to submit medical documentation supporting your appeal.

A hearing may be scheduled to allow you to present you appeal. If a hearing is scheduled you will be notified in writing of the date and time. At this hearing you and/or your attorney have the opportunity to present arguments in support of your position. In the case of a medical disqualification, your doctor could be present to provide further insight into why they believe you are physically able to serve in the civil service position that you are applying for.

After the hearing the Commission will determine whether or not to grant your appeal. The final decision is in written format and a copy is mailed to you and your lawyer. You then have the option of filing an Article 78 appeal if you are not satisfied with the outcome.

More information on appealing a medical or NYPD Psych DQ can be found here.

The full Civil Service Commission appeal guidelines can be found here.

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