May 11

Background/Character, Psychological, and Medical Evaluations Part of NYPD Process


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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 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 to resist aggression or other inappropriate behaviors.

Candidates will also be screened for drugs and alcohol. 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 Kevin Sheerin at 516.248.0040.




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