October 18

What drugs disqualify a person from becoming a police officer?

Each agency has their own policy regarding drug use including how long ago the drug use was, the type of drug(s), and the amount used. Of course, any current drug abuse is an automatic disqualifier. 

Some agencies do not disqualify applicants for prior marijuana use provided that it has not occurred within the past several years. Most agencies remove candidates who have used drugs such as cocaine, hallucinogens, modern designer drugs, heroin, etc.  

In most cases the requirement is that a candidate should not have used any drugs for the past few years, and in most departments any prior drug abuse may be a disqualifier. Some departments do not disqualify applicants for limited experimental use. However, that use only applies to certain drugs and during a certain time frame in that persons past. 

If you want to apply for a higher position or start work at a federal level, the requirements are generally much stricter.

If you receive a NYPD Disqualification please contact me at 516-248-0040 and we can arrange for a free phone or in-office consultation.

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October 13

Why Hiring an Attorney to Help with Your Disqualification Appeal is Worth it

Discouragement is often the first feeling that comes over a candidate after they receive a NYPD NOPD. Followed by conversations with friends and family about how unfair the system is or how others with worse histories, problems or incidents were hired and are currently Police Officers.

Once the initial shock has worn off, it is good to step back and assess what can be done to fight a disqualification. After serving as a Lieutenant in the NYPD Legal Bureau, I retired as a Captain in 2001 and began helping disqualified candidates. In 2000 I began assisting candidates with the appeal of their disqualifications. Over the years I have helped hundreds of disqualified individuals become NYPD Police Officers.

The first thing one must ask themselves, is do I have the necessary qualities to become a police officer. You should also ask yourself if appealing the disqualification is realistic. If the answer to these questions is yes, then it might be good for you to investigate further and inquire about the appeal process.

Perhaps you had a bad day in the oral psychological interview or you reacted defensively, evasively or simply missed the point. This is human nature when faced with some of the facts and incidents from your past, and it is quite possible that you may have become defensive, evasive or tried to minimize the problems or even reacted inappropriately to criticism and accusations. If this is the case, you may want to work with an independent forensic psychologist who will process your history and story so that it can be cast in a more favorable light. If cast in a more favorable light, the NYPD will many times grant a second interview to disqualified candidates. These interviews most often take place in Lefrak City in Corona Queens. Preparation for these interviews is vital. Understanding the concepts and steps, and speaking to neutral independent third parties with experience in this field can help you greatly. Frequently, good things occur when you receive proper insight and guidance by speaking with others experienced in this field.

If you receive a NYPD Notice of Proposed Disqualification or Notice of Disqualification please contact me at 516-248-0040 and we can arrange for a free phone or in-office consultation.

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October 6

How can I become a Police Officer in New York?

Before applying to become an officer with the NYPD, candidates who meet the hiring prerequisites outlined in the paragraph below must first take the written civil service exam. Candidates who pass the civil service exam must next apply to the department. Eligible applicants will be contacted to complete medical and psychological screenings, a character investigation, a physical fitness test, and a pre-hire interview. Prospective recruits who perform well throughout these stages will be conditionally hired and invited to proceed to the final step, attending the New York City Police Academy.

To be eligible to sit for the written civil service exam, applicants must be between the ages of 17.5 and 35. To be hired as an officer with the NYPD, candidates must be US citizens and at least 21 years of age, hold a high school diploma plus at least 60 college credits with a minimum 2.0 GPA, have a valid New York driver’s license, and reside within the five boroughs of New York City or surrounding counties. The college experience requirement may be waived with two years of full-time service with the US Armed Forces.

Once hired as a police recruit, prospective officers attend the New York City Police Academy. The rigorous training program lasts six months. Courses cover such topics as law, behavioral science, physical training and tactics, police science, firearms training, and First Aid/ CPR. Classes in terrorism, identity theft, and other advanced law enforcement skills are also part of the curriculum. Recruits must pass 4 separate exams with a score of 75% or higher to graduate from the academy and be sworn in as NYPD officers.

If you have been disqualified for any reason and would like to schedule a free consultation, please feel free to contact Kevin Sheerin at 516 248 0040.

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July 29

What to Do if You Receive a NYPD Disqualification

We are here to assist you if you receive a NYPD Disqualification…

Feel free to call us at 516-248-0040 or email me: kevin@sheerinlaw.com.

There is a two step appeal process:

The first step in the appeal process is to appeal to the NYPD, who will review the appeal package you submit. In the case of psychological disqualifications you may get a second psychological interview. If you receive a second psychological interview it is best to prepare with an expert. The main issues that will come up in the second psychological interview are obvious.

The next step in the appeal process would be a Notice of Disqualification (NOD) which would be appealed to the NYC Civil Service Commission. The Commission holds hearings to determine if your disqualification was improper.

When you are disqualified, that disqualification will not be reversed unless you choose to take action. I have been assisting disqualified NYPD, FDNY, DSNY, NYC DOC candidates for more than 18 years. Each appeal is different, just as your history of school, work and personal relationships are different.

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In addition to free in office consultations, I also offer a free ZOOM or phone consultation.

If you have any questions about your disqualification, please do not hesitate to call me at 516 248 0040. I would be happy to speak with you to see if I can help you with your appeal.

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July 29

BE CAREFUL when hiring a Psychologist to help with your appeal…

Part of the appeal process for psychological disqualification is finding a psychologist who will help you by making the strongest arguments for your candidacy. If the psychologist is unable or unwilling to look at your good points, strengths, adversities you’ve overcome, accomplishments, perseverance over hardships, and persistence in improving despite any difficulties or disabilities you may have had, then you should look for a different psychologist. The psychologist you hire SHOULD BE ON YOUR SIDE, advocating for you. Before you choose a psychologist to assist you with your disqualification appeal, ensure that you have an agreement with them, that if they don’t believe you are qualified, they will let you know beforehand, and they will not forward their report to any hiring agency, such as the NYPD, stating that you are psychologically unsuitable.

Beware of psychologists who charge you a very low fee, tell you they will help you and then do a superficial interview, as they may simply use the NYPD’s testing to confirm that you are unsuitable, and then send a report to the NYPD stating that you are unsuitable, without ever telling you. If this happens, not only did they not help you, but they have destroyed any chance you had of ever becoming a NYPD officer.

You should make a clear agreement with any psychologist you hire that they will discuss their findings with you BEFORE sending any report to the NYPD.

The psychologist you are considering MUST understand that they are supposed to be advocating for you, and if they don’t believe you are suitable, then they should let you know that they cannot support your candidacy, AND FURTHER AGREE that they will not forward any report to the NYPD if they come to such a conclusion.

If this does happen, at least you will have an opportunity to find someone else that is willing to help you and support your appeal.

You can read my e-book about the disqualification appeal process by clicking this link.

http://www.sheerinlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Appealing-a-New-York-Civil-Service-job-disqualification.pdf

Here are two videos that discuss the appeal process.

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If you have any questions and would like to discuss the appeal process, please feel free to call me at 516-248-0040. You can also email me at kevin@sheerinlaw.com with any questions, and let me know a good time to reach you for a free phone or zoom consultation.

Email me: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Website: www.sheerinlaw.com

Blog: civilservice.sheerinlaw.com

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Twitter: @DQLawyer

My podcast about New York State Civil Service Law issues is: www.newyorkstatecivilservicelawattorneypodcast.com

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