November 6

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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November 6

Can I Join the NYPD Police Department with Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss among police officers and military people who use weapons in their line of work is common. It can come from exposure to loud noises which destroy the delicate hair cells of the inner ear. Today there are proven ways to compensate for this deficit through the use of sophisticated hearing technologies. So why would any NYPD officer be banned from using a hearing aid while serving?

For years NYPD required that those applying to be a police officer pass a hearing test without the use of hearing aids. This rule (which is still in effect) has kept qualified candidates, such as former military, from being able to work for the NYPD. This discrimination didn’t just impact those applying for a job, but even those who are already on the job. Police officers who worked in the NYPD were forced to retire or leave if it was known they required a hearing aid, which many do since it is a common occupational hazard. The city does not test the hearing of officers already working, so as long as they do not use hearing aids they will not be found out and forced to retire.

The reasons given by officials for the ban on hearing aids was that they can be knocked off during a scuffle. However, this reason makes little sense since eyeglasses, which are permitted, can also be knocked off. A case was brought against the city’s hearing aid ban which ended with a settlement that lifted the ban on hearing aids.

The easing of restrictions on the use of hearing aids will not only benefit those who brought the case, but the many police officers who have admitted to hearing loss or the need for hearing aids, but would not use them while on duty. This hearing aid rule still applies to candidates trying to become NYPD officers, as this rule requires candidates to pass a hearing test without the use of a hearing aid, although it too is being challenged.

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 25

How to Appeal Your NYPD Disqualification if You Fail the Psychological Test

For more than 19 years Kevin Sheerin has been helping candidates who fail their NYPD Psychological Test.  Whether they are disqualified for Psychological, Medical, Character or Background, Kevin has had great success in appealing the grounds for their disqualification.

In order to maximize your chances for success, you should have a NYC Civil Service disqualification appeals attorney assist you with your appeal.  Kevin frequently appears before the NYC Civil Service Commission on behalf of his clients, presenting the argument that their disqualification was improper.

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It is imperative that you hire a professional who knows the psychological disqualification appeals process thoroughly, has appeared before the Civil Service Commission, knows their rules and procedures and is familiar with how they have decided cases in the past.

It is also important that you hire the RIGHT psychologist to represent you in your Psychological Disqualification appeal. There are crucial steps you should take and questions you must ask before hiring a Mental Health Care Professional to assist you with your appeal.

Kevin is an experienced civil service disqualification appeals attorney, with extensive knowledge on how to appeal your Disqualification. Over the years he has helped many clients win their appeal. He can help you too.

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

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October 25

How to Appeal Failed NYPD Psychological Test

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If you failed your NYPD Psychological Test and received a Notice of Proposed Disqualification (NOPD), you have the right to appeal. There are two crucial factors when appealing a Psychological Disqualification. The first is that you properly follow the appeal process. The second is the facts of your case.

It is vital that you consult with seasons professionals (both an appeals attorney and a Mental Health Professional – MHP) who are highly qualified and experienced in this type of appeals process. It is never a good idea to appeal a NOPD on your own, as doing so may cause you to leave out some crucial arguments that could help to turn the appeal in your favor.

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