November 24

NYPD Psychological Disqualification Appeals – Psychologists re: California POST manual

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 procedure should be used to integrate the findings of the written psychological exam with the other portions of the psychological evaluation.

One of the most comprehensive screening manuals for law enforcement positions is the California Peace Officer Psychological Screening manual or POST.

It describes a five step process as follows:

  1. To determine if the written responses were inconsistent or if candidate over-reported or underreported problems.
  2. To evaluate the responses against the general population and against the Peace Officer candidate population’s responses.
  3. To evaluate the personal history from all sources. These sources could be school, work or psychological history.  To determine if the written test scores corroborate the personal history.
  4. To determine how the oral psychological observations of the interviewing psychologist compared to test scores in personal history.
  5. To take a candidate’s written scores, personal history and clinical observations to either support or oppose the candidate’s suitability for the position.

Based on the above, the psychological evaluation is more than just a written exam. There are responses on the written exam that could trigger strong concerns for a candidate’s suitability. More often though it is the combination of written testing, personal history and the in person oral psychological interview taken together and evaluated together that determine a candidate’s suitability.

If you have questions or you have received a NYPD disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me at 516 248 0040.

Email: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

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My podcast about New York State Civil Service Law issues is: www.newyorkstatecivilservicelawattorneypodcast.com

November 23

NYPD Police Officer Candidate Forms

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 Candidate Records Check
  • CAS-32 Notice to NYPD Police Officer Candidates
  • CAS-38 Corruption Hazard Acknowledgement
  • Location of Military Records
  • CAS Attachment (A) Form
  • CAS Attachment (B) Form
  • Candidate Resource Booklet

Candidates must follow the instructions and complete the forms carefully. If a candidate has any questions on how or when to complete a form, they can call the NYPD Candidate Relations Desk at 718-312-4226 for guidance.

NYPD Police Officer candidates are required to take and pass a competitive civil service examination by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS).

The NYPD Candidate Assessment Division will only accept forms from candidates who have successfully completed the written Civil Service exam. Upon a candidate’s successful completion of the written exam, the department will notify the candidate to proceed with the form application process. Eligible applicants will receive a welcome email to begin their hiring process.

If you have questions or you have received a NYPD disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me at 516 248 0040.

Email: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Website: www.sheerinlaw.com

Blog: civilservice.sheerinlaw.com

Facebook: Law_Office_of Kevin_P._Sheerin

Twitter: @DQLawyer

My podcast about New York State Civil Service Law issues is: www.newyorkstatecivilservicelawattorneypodcast.com

November 22

Is it Easy for a NYPD cop to get Fired?

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 days, be suspended, or terminated if he is found guilty.
  • Command Disciplines are recommended for misconduct that is more problematic than poor training, but does not rise to the level of Charges. An officer can lose up to ten vacation days as a result of a Command Discipline. There are two types of Command Discipline, Schedule A and Schedule B. Schedule B is the more serious of the two.
  • Instructions or Formalized Training are the least severe discipline, often recommended for officers who misunderstand a policy. This determination results in training at the command level (Instructions) or training at the Police Academy or NYPD Legal Bureau (Formalized Training).

The decision is based on the officer’s disciplinary history, CCRB history, performance evaluations and the seriousness of the misconduct.

When the Board has recommended Instructions, Formalized Training or Command Discipline, the case is sent to the NYPD Department Advocate’s Office to impose training and/or other penalties. Cases where the Board recommends charges are prosecuted by the CCRB’s Administrative Prosecution Unit.

CCRB complaints and discipline are recorded in officers’ personnel records and can affect assignments and promotions.

If you have received a NYPD disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me at 516 248 0040.

Email: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Website: www.sheerinlaw.com

Blog: civilservice.sheerinlaw.com

Facebook: Law_Office_of Kevin_P._Sheerin

Twitter: @DQLawyer

My podcast about New York State Civil Service Law issues is: www.newyorkstatecivilservicelawattorneypodcast.com

November 20

Background/Character, Psychological, and Medical Evaluations

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 contacting previous employers to determine if a candidate was a good employee who would make a good NYPD team member, as well as determining whether or not a candidate has the ability to demonstrate good judgment and the further ability to resist aggression or other inappropriate behaviors.

Candidates will also be screened for drugs and alcohol, as the NYPD has a strict drugs policy and candidates will not make it through if they fail a drug or alcohol screening test.

If you have questions or you have received a NYPD disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me at 516 248 0040.

Email: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Website: www.sheerinlaw.com

Blog: civilservice.sheerinlaw.com

Facebook: Law_Office_of Kevin_P._Sheerin

Twitter: @DQLawyer

My podcast about New York State Civil Service Law issues is: www.newyorkstatecivilservicelawattorneypodcast.com

November 20

Can I become a NYPD Officer without a college degree?

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 assistance to help candidates meet the college experience requirement.

If you have questions or you have received a NYPD disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me at 516 248 0040.

Email: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Website: www.sheerinlaw.com

Blog: civilservice.sheerinlaw.com

Facebook: Law_Office_of Kevin_P._Sheerin

Twitter: @DQLawyer

My podcast about New York State Civil Service Law issues is: www.newyorkstatecivilservicelawattorneypodcast.com