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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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.

Please give me a call at 516-248-0040. Please visit my website

January 20

NYPD Disqualification Appeals FAQ

Disqualification Appeals FAQ for NYPD Candidate:


If you are processing to be a NYPD officer you must check your email everyday.
When you appeared at the Candidate Assessment Division you signed a form giving the NYPD permission to contact you by email.

What are the two (2) steps to the disqualification and appeal process?

The first step is that you will receive a NOPD or Notice of Proposed Disqualification.
This appeal goes back to the hiring agency.
It could be psychological, medical or background/character.
It is best to consult with an attorney to discuss the facts of your disqualification, the appeal process and the most compelling arguments for you to succeed.

What are my chances of winning an appeal?

Appeal chances are decided on a case by case basis.
What did the agency base their disqualification decision on?
Is the hiring agency’s decision rational and can the agency defend it?
What is it about you that makes you a qualified candidate?
Your education, work history, accomplishments, college degrees, special skills, outstanding performance, problem free work and/or school records can go a long way in reversing your disqualification.  No involvement with law enforcement and a good driving record is also a plus.  Also, if you had some problems in the past, what have you done to overcome them and transform yourself into the person you are today?

What are the steps in an appeal process?

If you are a NYPD Police Officer candidate you must check your email inbox every day for emails from: or
You may receive an email stating: Notice of Proposed Disqualification. This is a NOPD. You usually have thirty (30) days to file an Appeal. Sometimes you have only fifteen (15) days .
File an appeal. Hire an expert to get the hiring agency file.
Designate an expert. Prepare a rebuttal report.
Attend an in office preparation or ZOOM interview for the re-interview to discuss key issues in the Psychologist’s reports.
You will re-interview with a different Psychologist, usually at the Lefrak City offices.
Collect information regarding your background.
Prepare a appeal package with all documents.
File an appeal.
You will receive a letter saying you were disqualified from the hiring agency.
You have 30 days to appeal (Time varies-Reference NOD Letter).
File an appeal package with the Civil Service Commission.
Attend an in Office Preparation for the re-interview, if granted, or Civil Service Commission Hearing, if granted.
Lawsuit is filed in the NYS Supreme Court.
Ask the Judge to rule that the disqualification was arbitrary, capricious and/or irrational.
Request for an order finding the decision to uphold the disqualification irrational.

July 12

Rights of NYPD Proposed Disqualification Candidates

DCAS is New York City’s personnel department. DCAS has delegated the task of investigating applicants to the NYPD. You can appeal your NYPD disqualification. Applicants who are disqualified from appointment may challenge an agency’s findings on the grounds that such findings were made in bad faith or were arbitrary and capricious.

There are three potential appeals:

  1. NOPD – Notice of Proposed Disqualification. Based on NYS Civil Service Law 50(4) a hiring agency must give a disqualified candidate an opportunity to provide explanations for a proposed disqualification in writing.
  2. NOD – Notice of Disqualification. A disqualified candidate can appeal a disqualification to the Civil Service Commission.
  3.  If the disqualification is upheld by the Civil Service Commission the candidate can file an Article 78 lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court in the County concerned.
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