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  • NYPD Disqualification – Failing to Admit Minor Problems

    One of the major pitfalls made by candidates is failing to admit very minor issues. One example of a minor issue is doing poorly when you first enter college. When transitioning from high school to college, some candidates end up on academic probation. If you go to an oral psychological interview and deny poor performance.


  • NYPD Disqualification due to inconsistent statements

    Candidates run into difficulty when they give inconsistent statements over the course of several written questionnaires and oral psychological evaluations. For example, when applying for NYPD Cadet you may have said in response to a very common question: “Did you have a party for your 21st birthday, when it became legal for you to drink.


  • Negative Psychological Indicators the NYPD Looks for in Candidates

    A great deal of peace officer psychological research focuses on identifying indicators of dysfunctional peace officer behaviors. Many counterproductive work behaviors (CWBs) have been targeted in studies, including but not limited to excessive force, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, substance abuse, insubordination or other supervisory problems, embezzlement, deceitfulness, multiple motor vehicle violations, inappropriate verbal conduct, blackmail,.


  • Positive Psychological Indicators NYPD Looks for in Candidates

    A considerable amount of research focused on the identification of the psychological characteristics of successful peace officers. In general, the results of this research indicated that personality profiles of successful peace officers are reflective of a psychologically healthy person. In particular, peace officers were found to score high on the following attributes: – Agreeableness– Assertiveness/Extroversion–.


  • POST Psychological Screening Dimensions

    Candidates often wonder what guidelines the NYPD Psychologist uses when deciding if an applicant is psychologically unsuitable. There are ten (10) dimensions that are considered in the final set of the POST Peace Officer Psychological Screening. These ten Dimensions include: Social Competence Teamwork Adaptability/Flexibility Conscientiousness/Dependability Impulse Control/Attention to Safety Integrity/Ethics Emotional Regulation/Stress Tolerance Decision-Making/Judgment Assertiveness/Persuasiveness.


  • NYPD Acquisition of Candidate Health Records

    In accordance with POST Commission Regulation 1955(e)(5), the NYPD has the right to request a candidate’s psychological records when warranted. A history of mental health treatment, includingpsychopharmacological treatment (e.g., antidepressants, anxiolytics, mood stabilizers, stimulants), or a history of mental health evaluations (e.g., for purposes of a disability claim), are all examples of circumstances where requesting.


  • Candidate Social Media Checks

    SOCIAL MEDIA MATTERS… THIS STATEMENT CANNOT BE EMPHASIZED ENOUGH It is imperative that every candidate know and understand that they will be subject to social media searches (i.e. statements, postings, and/or endorsements you may have made), including bias-relevant information consistent with the requirements of Commission Regulation 1955(d)(3). Social media includes, but is not limited to,.


  • Correction Officer Psychological Screening

    For those interested in a job with the New York State Department of Correctional Services, there is information online regarding the psychological screening program for correction officer trainee candidates which covers an overview of the screening program, lists the psychological tests administered, and explains the rating system. It also provides a breakdown of the number of.


  • Psychological Assessment – Did your psychologist receive your documents?

     “Can candidates who have had psychotherapy in the past be NYPD Police Officers?” How do you know if your psychologist received your documents? Candidates should first email their psychologist to see if they have received the documentation, and allow at least 5 business days to get a response. If a Candidate does not get a.


  • Psychological Assessment – Will psych history prevent the NYPD from hiring me?

     “Can candidates who have had psychotherapy in the past be NYPD Police Officers?” What psychological history will prevent me from being hired by the NYPD? The NYPD does not automatically disqualify a candidate for having received counseling or some other form of mental health treatment. However, they will carefully review the facts in connection with.


  • Psychological Assessment – Will Anti-depressants prevent NYPD from hiring me?

     “Can candidates who have had psychotherapy in the past be NYPD Police Officers?” If I am on anti-depressants will this prevent me from being hired by the NYPD? The NYPD does not automatically disqualify a candidate from being hired as a police officer simply because they have taken certain medications. However, like psychotherapy, a candidate’s.


  • Psychological Assessment – Can Therapy prevent the NYPD from hiring you?

    “Can candidates who have had psychotherapy in the past be NYPD Police Officers?” If I go to therapy/counseling or have been to therapy/counseling in the past, will this prevent me from being hired by the NYPD? The NYPD does not automatically disqualify a candidate simply because they have, in their past, attended or are currently.