October 5

NYPD Psych disqualification – Oral psychological interview tips

The best tips for doing well on a NYPD Oral Psychological Interview:

  1.  Cooperate by arriving on time and dressing properly.
  2. Show respect for the psychologist by addressing them as “Doctor”, not Chief, Boss, Pal or Buddy which will get you disqualified for showing disrespect during an interview.
  3. Realize that the interview can be aggressive and your answers will be challenged.  The psychologist may loop back and repeat prior questions to ensure you are being consistent in your answers.
  4. Be forthcoming because deceptive answers can be more damaging than revealing answers that you think may be problematic.
  5. At the end of interview you will be asked to provide authorizations for your school, medical and other records and if those documents contain information contradicting your answers you can expect a bad result.

What can be expected in the NYPD psych testing process?

The NYPD will give you a written exam consisting of hundreds of questions.  After the examination is scored you will be called to meet with a NYPD Psychological staff member for an oral psychological interview.

You may be asked questions about your answers given on the written exam and you will be asked to explain your answers.

You will be asked questions about:

Education History
Work History
Driving History
Arrest History (if any)
Psychotherapy or medicines taken
Family and Relationships
Other relevant topics

You will be asked to explain any issues that may arise in any of the above topic areas.

You may be asked to provide authorizations for the Psychologist to get documents from schools or jobs and you will have to provide to them to complete the process.

You may receive notice that you have been placed on psychological review.  This review can take some time as other members of the NYPD team review your file.

Thereafter, you may receive a Notice of Proposed Disqualification or NOPD stating that you have 30 days to appeal.

Please call if you have any questions about a NYPD psych disqualification.

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, discontinued work, retired, 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.

Click here to check the attached document

Candidates should be aware that if there are any documents from their past that indicate some testing or illness, or issues regarding school discipline or expulsion, or work discipline or termination, these documents will be requested by the interviewing psychologist.

If you have any questions regarding your NYPD Psych DQ or NYPD Psych Review please contact me at 516–248–3494.

NYPD Oral Psychological Interview

Candidates for NYPD and Nassau County Police Department and other law enforcement agencies may not be aware that the oral psychological exam can be rough.  The examiner, most often a Psychologist, can use an aggressive questioning pattern to find out if the candidate can handle confrontation.  Also the psychologist may repeat previously asked questions to see if they are are going to be met with consistent answers.

The candidate may think to themselves that this is unfair and I’m not being treated properly.

The best attitude is to be prepared to be confronted during the interview and maintain your composure.

As a civil service appeals attorney with more than 17 years experience, I have helped many NYPD candidates win their appeal.

If you have questions about your NYPD Psych Disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation at my Mineola office please do not hesitate to call me at 516 248 0040.

You can also email me at kevin@sheerinlaw.com
Visit www.sheerinlaw.com for more information about NYPD disqualification appeals.
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What can you expect in the NYPD psych testing process?

The NYPD will give you a written exam consisting of hundreds of questions. After the examination is scored you will be called to meet with a NYPD Psychological staff member for an oral psychological interview.

You may be asked questions about your answers given on the written exam and you will be asked to explain your answers.

You will be asked questions about:

Education History
Work History
Driving History
Arrest History (if any)
Psychotherapy or medicines taken
Family and Relationships
Other relevant topics

You will be asked to explain any issues that arise in the above topic areas.

You may be asked to provide authorizations for the Psychologist to get documents from schools or jobs and you will have to provide them to complete the process.

You may receive notice that you have been placed on psychological review. This review can take some time as other members of the NYPD team review your file.

Thereafter, you may receive a Notice of Proposed Disqualification or NOPD stating that you have 30 days to appeal.

If you have any questions about your NYPD Psych Disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation at my Mineola office please do not hesitate to call me at 516 248 0040 to discuss an appeal.

Email me: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Visit my website: www.sheerinlaw.com

Also visit my blog civilservice.sheerinlaw.com for further information.

October 2

NYPD DISQUALIFICATION -FOR ELIGIBLE LIST EXPIRATION CALL DCAS HELPLINE AT ………..212-669-1357

If you are in the hiring process for a New York City Civil Service job and would like to find out when your eligible list expires:

Dial 212-669-1357
Press 2
Enter your social security number

The DCAS help line will tell you when your list was established and when it will expire. The expiration date is usually 4 years after the list was established or promulgated.

If you received a NYPD Disqualification letter you will probably need one (1) year to process your appeal and hopefully succeed in your disqualification appeal to be appointed to the NYPD. Therefore, you should write to your investigator and request that action be taken immediately on your file to allow yourself sufficient time to appeal if you are disqualified.

I have been a civil service appeals attorney for more than 17 years now and have helped many NYPD candidates win their appeal.

If you have questions about your NYPD disqualification appeal and would like to schedule a free consultation at my Mineola office please do not hesitate to call me at 516 248 0040.

You can also email me at kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Visit www.sheerinlaw.com for more information about NYPD disqualification appeals.

Visit civilservice.sheerinlaw.com for more information about Civil Service disqualification appeals.

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October 2

NYPD Psychological Disqualification-One chance to choose an expert

I am a NYPD disqualification appeals lawyer who has been assisting disqualified NYPD candidates who have received either a Notice of Proposed Disqualification for psychological reasons or a Final Notice of Disqualification for psychological reasons from the NYPD.

On the Notice of Proposed Disqualification letter the candidate is given an opportunity to select an expert and have the NYPD psychological file sent to that expert for review and preparation of a rebuttal report. If the disqualified candidate does not respond to the Notice of Proposed Disqualification the NYPD file will NOT be released.

It is crucial that the disqualified candidate select a psychologist familiar with the appeals process to assist them. ONCE YOU SELECT AN EXPERT TO ASSIST YOU IN YOUR APPEAL YOU WILL MOST LIKELY NOT BE ABLE TO CHANGE YOUR CHOICE LATER.

Also, selecting a psychologist that you formerly had a counseling session with is not a wise choice.

I am a civil service appeals attorney with more than 17 years experience and I have helped many NYPD candidates win their appeal.

If you have questions about your NYPD disqualification appeal and would like to schedule a free consultation at my Mineola office please do not hesitate to call me at 516 248 0040.

You can also email me at kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Visit my website www.sheerinlaw.com for more information about NYPD disqualification appeals.

Visit my blog civilservice.sheerinlaw.com for more information about Civil Service disqualification appeals.

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October 2

NYPD psychological disqualification appeals

What are some of the reasons a candidate can be psychologically (psych) disqualified for the NYPD police officer title or other civil service titles?

If a candidate had an IEP Individual Education Plan in school some of the NYPD psychologists see this as a reason to disqualify a candidate. The NYPD psychologist will ask you to sign an authorization to get your school records. When the records are received they will review them and determine if the issues you had in school will effect your candidacy.

Another reason for a NYPD psychological disqualification is if you took ADHD medicine while in school. Again the NYPD psychologist will request an authorization to obtain your records from school and review them to determine if you should be disqualified on that basis.

Even attending “resource room” services in school could be a factor.

As always the NYPD psychologists decision is not final.

You can appeal by getting an independent psychologist to assist you and by explaining that what happened in school is not your current condition or state. Often candidates have outgrown the need for medicines or their condition has not followed them into adulthood.

As always if you do not take action the disqualification will become final and effect your ability to get other civil service jobs.

If you would like to discuss these issues or if you have received a Notice of Proposed Disqualification or Notice of Disqualification please call me.

As a civil service appeals attorney with more than 17 years experience, I have helped many NYPD candidates win their appeal.

If you have questions about your disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation at my Mineola office please do not hesitate to call me at 516 248 0040.

You can also email me at kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Visit my website www.sheerinlaw.com for more information about NYPD disqualification appeals.

Visit my blog civilservice.sheerinlaw.com for more information about Civil Service disqualification appeals.

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