One of my clients was recently called to a second psychological interview with the NYPD.

The interview lasted 3 1/2 hours.

What can you take from this?

One, is that these interviews and processes are not taken lightly. If that were true, the psychologist would not have spent 3 1/2 hours with the candidate and would not have been that thorough and complete when questioning the candidate who had appealed their disqualification.

Two, is that this is a very serious matter, and the NYPD psychologist wanted to be sure before approving the candidate.

Three, is that the NYPD is increasing it’s hiring and is looking for candidates to appoint, so they will thoroughly cover every topic of concern in their interviews.

The candidate was successful and was informed by the NYPD that they had passed the interview and would be returned to processing for entry into the Police Academy.

Accordingly, I would recommend that if you receive a disqualification, you seriously consider appealing the psychological interview. As always, it’s not going to get worse, as you are already disqualified. Due to increased hiring and future scheduled police academy classes, the NYPD looks at candidates who appeal as people that have a strong desire to be a Police Officer. When you pursue an appeal, you are letting the NYPD know that you are willing to invest your time and make a case that you are suitable for policing.

If you receive a NYPD NOPD please contact me at 516 248 0040 or email me: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

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Part of the appeal process for psychological disqualification is finding a psychologist who will help you, and make the strongest arguments for your candidacy. If the psychologist is unable or unwilling to look at your good points, strengths, adversities you’ve overcome, accomplishments, perseverance over hardships, and persistence in improving despite any difficulties or disabilities you may have had, then you should look for a different psychologist. The psychologist you hire should be on your side, advocating for you. Before you choose a psychologist to assist you with your disqualification appeal, ensure that you have an agreement with them, that if they don’t believe you are qualified, they will let you know beforehand, and they will not forward their report to any hiring agency, such as the NYPD, stating that you are psychologically unsuitable.

Beware of psychologists who charge you a very low fee, tell you they will help you and then do a superficial interview, as they may simply use the NYPD’s testing to confirm that you are unsuitable, and then send a report to the NYPD stating that you are unsuitable, without ever telling you. If this happens, not only did they not help you, but they have destroyed any chance you had of ever becoming a NYPD officer.

You should make a clear agreement with any psychologist you hire that they will discuss their findings with you before sending any report to the NYPD.

The psychologist you are considering MUST understand that they are supposed to be advocating for you, and if they don’t believe you are suitable, then they should let you know that they cannot support your candidacy, AND FURTHER AGREE that they will not forward any report to the NYPD if they come to such a conclusion.

If this does happen, at least you will have an opportunity to find someone else that is willing to help you and support your appeal.

You can read my e-book about the disqualification appeal process by clicking this link.

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Here are two videos that discuss the appeal process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CemYFxGfX9I&t=1s

https://youtu.be/42mrmHkcu34

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If you have any questions and would like to discuss the appeal process, please feel free to call me at 516-248-0040. You can also email me at kevin@sheerinlaw.com with any questions and let me know a good time to reach you for a free phone consultation or zoom consultation.

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What are some of the reasons a candidate can be psychologically (psych) disqualified for the NYPD police officer title or other civil service titles?

If a candidate had an IEP (Individual Education Plan) in school, some NYPD psychologists see this as a reason to disqualify a candidate. The NYPD psychologist will ask you to sign an authorization to get your school records. When the records are received they will review them and determine if the issues you had in school will effect your candidacy.

Another reason for NYPD psychological disqualification is if you took ADHD medicine while in school. Again, the NYPD psychologist will request an authorization to obtain your records from school, and review them to determine if you should be disqualified on that basis.

You can appeal by getting an independent psychologist to assist you, and by explaining that what happened in school is not your current condition or state. Often candidates have outgrown the need for medicines, or their condition has not followed them into adulthood.

As always, if you do not take action, the disqualification will become final and effect your ability to get other civil service jobs.

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If you would like to discuss these issues, or if you have received a Notice of Proposed Disqualification (NOPD) or Notice of Disqualification (NOD), please call me at 516 248 0040.

Please visit my website for New York Civil Service disqualification issues. 

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.

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Law Office of Kevin P. SheerinWhen appealing a NYPD character disqualification, what are some factors being considered?

Frequency of violations or infractions, such as arrests, moving violations or other incidents such as school discipline or work discipline.  If you were suspended or expelled from school, these factors would work against your NYPD Police Officer application. Also, if you were late or disciplined at your job, this would be a problem in your application.  If you were terminated from one or more jobs without a good explanation this also would be something you would have to explain.

Severity of violations or infractions. If you were arrested and charged with crimes such as, felonies or misdemeanors, that would be something you would have to explain on appeal. If the disposition or final outcome of your case was dismissal or a lesser charge that could help you in your appeal.

The recency of your last violation or infraction is also important regarding your NYPD character appeal. If it has been a decade or even five years since your last infraction that could help you by showing the New York City Civil Service Commission that you have changed your behavior for the better.

The three categories do not stand alone – they are considered together in your appeal.

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.

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Matter of Caslin v Nassau County Civ. Serv. Comm.

Petitioner brought about CPLR Article 78 concerning application for Nassau County Civil Service Commission Police Officer Examination.

Petitioner was disqualified due to “failure to meet the MPTC standard for audiology.”  The MPTC is the Municipal Training Council that sets standards for the necessary job functions for candidates of the NYPD.  In August of 2007 petitioner passed the written examination.  The petitioner then had to pursue with other tests necessary to become a Police Officer.  He was given at first the “pure tone screening” hearing test, petitioner showed impairment in the left ear at 2,000 and 3,000 Hz.  When retested both ears showed impairments at 2,000 Hz.  Because of these impairments, petitioner was then disqualified.  The problem in question is that the MPTC’s Medical and Physical Fitness Standards and Procedures for Police Officer Candidates states that a police officer candidate “shall score no poorer than 90% in quiet and 70% in noise” for resource testing.  Petitioner had passed these tests but failed the 35dB quiet test, at 68%.  This 35dB test is only found in a modification of the MPTC audiology standards that was adopted by the CSC in 2007.

The questions raised by the petitioner is whether the determination was (1) arbitrary and capricious; (2) an abuse of discretion; (3) made in violation of lawful procedure; or, (4) affected by an error of law (CPLR 7803(3)).  “The arbitrary and capricious question therefore turns on whether the CSC’s denial of the petitioner’s appeal, based upon the auditory evaluations of Dr. Richards and Dr. Bressi Hamilton, is justified.”  Dr. Richards evaluation performed does not provide enough facts to decide whether the testing was compliant with standards for the MPTC.  “Thus any administrative action based upon Dr. Richard’s report is without foundation in fact, and thus arbitrary and capricious.”  Also, Dr. Bressi Hamilton only administered one test that the petitioner failed, the 35dB sound-field speech recognition test.  This was a modification of the MPTC audiology standards, “it remains to be determined whether the CSC’s unilateral adopting, as the petitioner suggests, violated Civil Service Law 20.” Petitioner refers to Section 20, subdivision 2 that states “rules, and any modifications thereof, shall be adopted only after a public hearing . . . and shall be valid and take effect only upon approval of the state civil service commission.”  The CSC’s failure to adopt the 35dB test modification within a public hearing makes the CSC’s decision arbitrary and capricious, as all other tests given by Dr. Bressi Hamilton were passed.  The CSC does not argue this fact but states that the 35dB test “is not a “rule” but a “standard” or a “regulation”” which does not have to comply with Civil Service Law.

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The CSC’s adoption of the 35dB test in 2007 violated CSL 20(2) and “was null and void.”  Therefore the petitioner’s disqualification was “without foundation in fact and thus is arbitrary and capricious.”  The CSC’s determination was annulled, and the respondent’s are to further the remaining tests to finish the petitioner’s application for the Nassau County CSC Police Officer Examination.

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.

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We continue to help candidates that have been disqualified from the NYPD.  For more than 18 years we have assisted candidates who received letters for NYPD psychological disqualification, NYPD character or background disqualification or NYPD medical disqualification.  In each of these areas we have had success in appealing the grounds for disqualification.

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

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NYPD psychological disqualifications and NYC Department of Corrections psychological disqualifications are frequently appealed.  It is important to hire someone that knows the area thoroughly, has appeared before the Civil Service Commission, knows their rules and procedures and 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.

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We offer a free consultation. Please call us toll free at (888) 998-9984 to discuss your NYPD disqualification case.

To read about some NYPD disqualification cases visit my blog at civilservice.sheerinlaw.com

Advance planning is required for those hoping to get jobs with New York City.  The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) serves as the City’s Personnel Department and writes, administers and scores the tests given for NYC jobs. The following New York Daily News article writes about City hiring procedures. click  www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/08/04/2010-08-04_for_civil_service_jobs_think_ahead.html

I have been a New York Civil Service Law Attorney for more than 18 years and I can help you with your disqualification appeal for the NYPD, NYC Police Department; FDNY, Fire Department of NYC; NYC Department of Sanitation; NYC Department of Corrections or DCAS NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services.

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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.

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I have been a New York Civil Service Law Attorney for more than 18 years now, and I can help you with your disqualification appeal for the NYPD, NYC Police Department; FDNY, Fire Department of NYC; NYC Department of Sanitation; NYC Department of Corrections or DCAS NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services.

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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.

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For those interested in a job with the New York State Department of Correctional Services, there is information regarding the psychological screening program for correction officer trainee candidates on line which covers an overview of the screening program, lists the psychological tests administered, and explains the rating system. It also provides a breakdown of the number of people tested, number of disqualifications, number of appeals, and number of disqualifications that were overturned.

I have been a New York Civil Service Law Attorney for more than 18 years and I can help you with your disqualification appeal for the NYPD, NYC Police Department; FDNY, Fire Department of NYC; NYC Department of Sanitation; NYC Department of Corrections or DCAS NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services.

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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.

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To read about Article 78 cases go to http://www.sheerinlaw.com/?id=78.

For other interesting information in the personal injury file go to www.negligenceatty.com.

For more information on how to appeal a Civil Service Disqualification click on the link below:
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I have been a New York Civil Service Law Attorney for more than 18 years. I can help you with your disqualification appeal for the NYPD, NYC Police Department; FDNY, Fire Department of NYC; NYC Department of Sanitation; NYC Department of Corrections or DCAS NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services.

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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.

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