September 8

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 in college, you will find yourself dealing with bigger problems then if you had just been honest. The interviewing psychologist already has your school transcript, so denying academic probation will only create a bigger problem causing you to be disqualified.

A better method is to get your transcript before the interview so you know exactly what you did and when you did it. If you did poorly in the beginning, or at some point during college, it is better to just say “I really should have studied harder and I regret not doing so”. Your admission is always better than denying responsibility, saying you don’t recall or saying that’s not what really happened.

There can be stressors including work, transportation problems, problems at home and other struggles. The denial of poor academic performance is really unnecessary and gets more people disqualified than you could imagine.

The Interviewing Psychologist has your college records in writing, so saying you don’t recall or denying your record, or lying about your GPA will only cause you to be disqualified.

Get the facts before your interview. Telling the truth and showing that you have remorse and have learned from your past struggles can only work in your favor.

As a civil service disqualification appeals attorney with more than 18 years of experience, I have extensive knowledge on how to appeal a NYPD Disqualification. Over the years I have helped many clients win their appeal. I can help you too.

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




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August 31

NYPD Psychological Disqualification Appeal – Second Interview-Preparing with an Expert


If you have the opportunity to receive a second psychological interview for the NYPD as many candidates do these days it is essential that you speak to someone that has your entire psychological evaluation file and has long time experience in reading and analyzing these files, understanding the essential issues and talking to you about the best tips and tactics to succeed and how to avoid pitfalls or traps.

My 20 years experience the greatest dangers are believing that certain actions will get you disqualified and then either denying those actions minimizing those incidents or casting blame on others for those actions. The inability of candidates to admit having a rough transition from high school to the first year of college is a prime example. The greatest pitfall is to deny academic probation when the interviewer has your transcript in a file on their lap and clearly states academic probation or academic dismissal. Having a rough time starting off college with your schoolwork is not a psychological problem but an adjustment issue that many people experience. The downfall is denying that it happened or claiming that you forgot after denying it when it is in black and white on an 8 1/2 inch transcript page sitting on a Psychologist’s lap.

These mistakes go on to many other categories: I did not hop the turnstile; I did not get a summons in Rochester New York for underage drinking; I did not get disciplined for lateness at Chipotle.

Evaluating psychologist report repeatedly “I believe the candidate’s inability to be candid; forthcoming; honest and responsive in the psychological evaluation casts doubt on their integrity, credibility and trustworthiness.

It is essential that if you have a strong desire to be with the NYPD as a Police Officer that you do your homework ahead of time and get all necessary documents including school transcripts; NYS driver’s abstract; write ups from employers; school disciplinary records; any court records or Certificates of Disposition any arrest records in the county concerned. You should ask employers for attendance records or reviews or performance evaluations showing you were prompt capable and energetic in completing your work.  Armed with these documents and having studied them so you were familiar with dates, times and situations will greatly assist you in the oral psychological interview. You may even want to go a step further and those times were enrolled in school and also working part or full-time you may want to create a grid or a chart to show that during certain times you were attending school part time and working part time or attending school to full-time and working part time. Being familiar with your history is essential to respond to the inevitable questions during an oral psychological interview.  These interviews are about your history and your ability to respond is essential.

Being fully familiar and being a good “historian” is essential to your psychological oral evaluation success.

I hope this has been helpful to you and if you unfortunately receive an NYPD disqualification please contact me:

As a civil service disqualification appeals attorney with more than 18 years of experience, I have extensive knowledge on how to appeal a NYPD Disqualification. Over the years I have helped many clients win their appeal. I can help you too.

If you have questions about your NYPD psychological disqualification and you would like to schedule a free consultation, please feel free to contact me at 516 248 0040.




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August 5

NYPD Disqualification due to inconsistent statements

The NYPD issues disqualifications to Candidates due to inconsistent statements. NYPD 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 in a licensed premises?” You may write on a questionnaire yes I had a few beers and and some shots of liquor. Three or four years later you may be interviewing for NYPD Police Officer title and say “I did not drink on my 21st birthday. The drinking itself will not get you disqualified – it would be the inconsistent statements / answers and the perception that you are trying to deceive the interviewer. Word to the wise is keep those stories consistent because more often the act itself is not grounds for disqualification but the inconsistencies and the perceived deception will.

Please try not to have inconsistent statements during your evaluations.

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June 21

Should you appeal an NYPD Psychological Disqualification?

Should you appeal an NYPD Psychological Disqualification?

Should you appeal an NYPD Psychological Disqualification?

After the initial frustration, disappointment and heartbreak of receiving an NYPD disqualification and certainly after spending 15 or 20 hours processing at the NYPD Candidate Assessment Division a candidate’s first question is: Should I appeal?

Certainly it will not get any worse if you appeal because you are currently disqualified. Your appeal could get reversed and NYPD disqualifications are getting reversed with increased frequency at second interviews at Lefrak City Plaza or the NYPD Candidate Assessment Division located at 235 E. 20th St.

By not appealing your NYPD disqualification would become permanent. The withdrawal option has a limited value insofar as if your true goal is to be an NYPD Police Officer they will take out that disqualification file that you did not appeal and hold that against you and additionally accuse you of consenting to the disqualification because you didn’t fight back and appeal when you got your first one.

I have been assisting NYPD Psychological Disqualification candidates for 19 years. What I see is candidates with compelling arguments that their disqualification was unjustified are being restored to the eligible list for NYPD Police Officer.

I would be glad to discuss your NYPD disqualification with you during a free consultation.

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June 16

NYPD Psychological Disqualifications, Second Interview Tips

NYPD Candidates who appeal when they receive a NYPD Notice of Proposed Disqualification (NOPD) are most frequently getting a second interview and an opportunity to reverse their disqualification. There is very high percentage success rate. One of the most important things is have someone to spend time with you talk about the issues in your case. You can learn tips and techniques and what the key issues are and what the NYPD is looking for in your responses.

An NYPD psychological disqualification appeals attorney can increase your chances of getting further opportunities

By working with someone it’s been in the field for 20 years and knows what can lead to a disqualification will can lead to a reversal of disqualification you’d be well on your way to an NYPD career.

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