September 12

Background Portion of the Psychological Exam

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.

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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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June 17

NYPD Psych NOPD 2nd Interview

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.

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