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Company: New York City Police Department
Job Title: NYPD Police Officer Exam
Job Category: Law Enforcement/Security  [ View All Law Enforcement/Security Jobs ]
Job description:

Application and Scheduling Period:
10/29/2019 - 12/14/2019

Application Fee: $40.00

Starting Salary: $42,500
Salary after 5.5 years: $85,292

Police Officers perform general police duties and related work in the New York City Police Department including connecting and building relationships with the community. They patrol an assigned area on foot or in a vehicle; apprehend crime suspects; intervene in various situations involving crimes in progress, aided cases complaints, emotionally disturbed persons, etc.; respond to and investigate vehicular accidents; investigate specific offenses; interact with prisoners; operate and maintain patrol vehicles; issue summonses; obtain information regarding incidents by interviewing witnesses, victims, and/or complainants; safeguard and voucher found, seized or recovered property; provide information to the public; handle situations involving maltreated, abused or missing children; interact with juveniles; prepare forms and reports; testify in court; and perform related work.
You will be required to read and write in English. The job involves general reading of policies, laws, and other legal documents, and will include writing clear narratives of criminal incidents, vehicle collisions, aided reports, and other incident reports, which may be used in legal proceedings and police investigations.
You will be required to work Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, nights and to work rotating tours, change tours or work overtime when ordered, as permitted by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Some of the physical activities performed by Police Officers and environmental conditions experienced are: working outdoors in all kinds of weather; walking and/or standing in an assigned area during a tour; driving or sitting in a patrol car during a tour while remaining alert; running after a fleeing suspect; climbing up stairs; carrying an injured adult with assistance; gripping persons to prevent escape; restraining a suspect by use of handcuffs; detecting odors such as those caused by smoke or gas leaks; engaging in hand to hand struggles to subdue a suspect resisting arrest; being physically active for prolonged periods of time; understanding verbal communication over the radio with background noise; reading and writing under low light conditions; carrying or wearing heavy equipment; and wearing a bullet-resistant vest.

The current minimum salary is $42,500 per annum. Incumbents will receive salary increments reaching $85,292 per annum at the completion of five- and one-half years employment. This rate is subject to change. In addition, there is an annual uniform allowance, holiday pay, and contributions by the City to Welfare and Annuity Funds and City-paid health insurance. Employees also receive a 2.25% differential (of base salary) for neighborhood policing.

Education Requirement: By the date of appointment, you must have:
1.successfully completed 60 college semester credits at an accredited college or university with at least a 2.0 cumulative index or its equivalent, or
2.a four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and have completed two years of honorable full-time U.S. military service.
High School education must be approved by a State’s Department of Education or a recognized accrediting organization. College education must be from an accredited college or university, accredited by regional, national, professional, or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). If you were educated outside the United States, you must have your foreign education evaluated at your own expense to determine its equivalence to education obtained in the United States. You will receive instructions from the Police Department during the pre-employment screening process regarding the approved evaluation services that you may use for foreign education.

Age Requirements: You must be at least 17½ years of age by the date you take the examination to be permitted to take this examination. You must have attained age 21 to be appointed as a Police Officer. If you are too young for appointment on the date the eligible list is terminated, you will have no further opportunity for appointment from the list. Only persons who are less than 35 years of age on the date of the application for this examination may be appointed as a Police Officer. Thus, if you take the test at a DCAS Computer-based Testing & Applications Center, you must not have reached your 35th birthday by the date you apply to take the multiple-choice examination to be appointed as a Police Officer.

Exceptions to Age Requirements: If you were engaged in military duty as defined in Section 243 of the New York Military Law, you may deduct from your actual age the length of time spent in such military duty, provided the total deduction for military duty does not exceed six years.

Citizenship Requirement: United States citizenship is required at the time of appointment as a Police Officer.

Character and Background: Proof of good character and satisfactory background will be absolute prerequisites to appointment. The following are among the factors which would ordinarily be cause for disqualification: (a) arrest record or conviction of an offense, the nature of which indicates lack of good moral character or disposition towards violence or disorder; (b) repeated arrests or convictions of an offense, where such convictions or arrests indicate a disrespect for the law; (c) discharge from employment, where such discharge indicates poor behavior or an inability to adjust to discipline; (d) dishonorable discharge from the Armed Forces; and (e) conviction of petit larceny. In accordance with provisions of law, persons convicted of a felony or domestic violence misdemeanor are not eligible for appointment to the title of Police Officer.

Medical and Psychological Assessment: Medical and psychological guidelines have been established for the position of Police Officer. You will be examined to determine whether you can perform the essential functions of a Police Officer. Additionally, you will be expected to continue to perform the essential functions of a Police Officer throughout your career, and may, therefore, be medically and psychologically tested periodically throughout your career. Where appropriate, a reasonable accommodation will be provided for a person with a disability to enable him or her to take these medical and psychological examinations, and/or to perform the essential functions of the job.

Physical Testing: Physical standards have been established for the position of Police Officer. You will be required to pass a qualifying physical test and may be required to undergo periodic physical testing throughout your career.

Drug Testing: You must pass a drug screening prior to appointment as part of a pre- employment process, and you will be subject to drug testing during Police Academy Training and as part of the medical examination at the end of probation. You may again be drug tested on a random basis after your probationary period is completed or as a prerequisite for assignment or promotion. Any member of the NYC Police Department found in possession of or using illegal drugs, or who fails, refuses, or attempts to evade a drug test, will be terminated. The NYC Police Department has a strict zero tolerance policy concerning illegal drug use. Individuals who are considering applying for positions in the NYC Police Department are expected to conform their behavior to this policy well before they begin the application process.

License Requirement: On the date of appointment as a Police Officer, you must possess a valid unrestricted New York State Motor Vehicle Driver License. You must maintain this license for the duration of your employment.

Residency Requirement: The New York State Public Officers Law requires that any person employed as a Police Officer in the New York City Police Department must be a resident of the City of New York or of Nassau, Westchester, Suffolk, Orange, Rockland, or Putnam counties.

English Requirement: You must be able to understand and be understood in English.

Proof of Identity: Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, you must be able to prove your identity and your right to obtain employment in the United States prior to employment with the City of New York.

If you believe you meet the requirements in the "How to Qualify" section, apply using the Online Application System (OASys) at Follow the onscreen application instructions for electronically submitting your application and payment and completing any required information. A unique and valid email address is required to apply online. Several internet service providers, including but not limited to Google, Yahoo!, AOL,, and offer free email addresses. All new OASys accounts require verification before a candidate can submit an application to ensure the accuracy of candidate information. Verification is instantaneous for most accounts, but some accounts may require up to two (2) business days to be reviewed by a staff member and resolved. Email notification will be sent to those creating accounts that require additional documentation before they can be resolved. Please keep this information and the application period deadline in mind when creating your account.

You may come to the DCAS Computer-based Testing & Applications Centers to apply for this examination online.
The centers will be open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM:

2 Lafayette Street 17th Floor
New York, NY 1007

210 Joralemon Street 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

118-25 Queens Boulevard
5th Floor
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Staten Island
135 Canal Street 3rd. Floor
Staten Island, NY 10304

1935 Arthur Avenue 2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10457

The DCAS Computer-based Testing & Applications Centers will be closed on November 5, 2019,
November 9, 2019, November 11, 2019, and November 28, 2019.

For questions regarding scheduling and rescheduling refer to the Reservation and Rescheduling FAQs at

You will be given a multiple-choice test at a computer terminal. Your score on this test will be used to determine your place on an eligible list. You must achieve a score of at least 70% to pass the test. The multiple-choice test may include questions which may require the use of any of the following abilities:

Written Comprehension: understanding sentences and paragraphs written in English. This ability may be used by a Police Officer when reading policies, laws, and other legal documents, as well as reading traffic signs, traffic violation summonses, etc.

Written Expression: using English words or sentences in writing so that others will understand. This ability may be used by a Police Officer when writing clear narratives of criminal incidents, vehicle collisions, aided reports, and other incident reports, which may be used in legal proceedings and police investigations.
Memorization: remembering information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. Pieces of information can be remembered by themselves or with other pieces of information. This ability may be used by a Police Officer when searching for individuals who are wanted for questioning after being presented with an image and description of the individual.

Problem Sensitivity: being able to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It includes being able to identify the whole problem as well as elements of the problem. This ability may be used by a Police Officer when apprehending crime suspects or working with crime victims.

Deductive Reasoning: applying general rules to specific problems and coming up with logical answers. It involves deciding if an answer makes sense. This ability may be used by a Police Officer when determining the appropriate dispatch code based on the situation.
Inductive Reasoning: combining separate pieces of information, or specific answers to problems, to form general rules or conclusions. It involves the ability to think of possible reasons for why things go together. This ability may be used by a Police Officer when investigating specific offenses.

Information Ordering: following correctly a rule or set of rules or actions in a certain order. The rule or set of rules used must be given. The things or actions to be put in order can include numbers, letters, words, pictures, procedures, sentences, and mathematical or logical operations. This ability may be used by a Police Officer when storing found, seized, or recovered property.

Spatial Orientation: determining where you are in relation to the location of some object or where the object is in relation to you. This ability may be used by a Police Officer when navigating throughout their assigned precinct while on foot or in a vehicle.

Visualization: imagining how something would look when it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. It requires the forming of mental images of how patterns or objects would look after certain changes, such as unfolding or rotation. One has to predict how an object, set of objects, or pattern will appear after the changes have been carried out. This ability may be used by a Police Officer while searching for individuals who are wanted for arrest or questioning when attempting to identify such individuals who are believed to have changed their appearance.

Language requirements: English
Employment type:
  • Full Time
Salary Range: 85292 USD annual
Other Information
Degree: Unspecified
Experience (year): Unspecified
Job Location: 5 Boroughs - New York - USA   View a map of this job
Post Date: 11/12/2019
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