Apr 15

Negative Psychological Traits the NYPD Searches for in Candidates


The NYPD looks for indicators of dysfunctional behaviors of Police Officers when evaluating the qualifications of an Applicant. Any history of excessive force, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, substance abuse, insubordination or other supervisory problems, embezzlement, deceitfulness, multiple motor vehicle violations, inappropriate verbal conduct, blackmail, bribery, theft, lying, kickbacks, personal violence, revenge, discrimination, and fraud are all viewed as immediate red flags.

The NYPD has found that, when compared to non-problem officers, problem officers tend to exhibit more of the following characteristics:

– Aggressiveness, argumentativeness, and antagonism
– Antisocial tendencies
– Disregard for societal rules and laws
– Egocentricity
– Emotional instability/anxiety
– Hostility
– Immaturity
– Impulsiveness
– Insensitivity or oversensitivity
– Intolerance
– Irresponsibility/unreliability
– Lack of empathy
– Overconfidence
– Paranoia
– Pessimism
– Poor decision-making
– Proneness to alcohol abuse
– Rebelliousness
– Social introversion
– Suspiciousness, cynicism and distrustfulness

For an in-depth look at Negative Psychological Indicators please click the link below:
Peace Officer Psychological Screening Manual

If you failed your NYPD Psychological Evaluation or have been disqualified for any reason and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact Kevin Sheerin at 516 248 0040.

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