October 25

How Hard is it to Pass the Police Academy?

Once hired as a police recruit, prospective officers attend the New York City Police Academy. The rigorous training program lasts six months. The NYPD requires 913 hours of training for their new recruits, which is higher than the New York state-mandated requirement of 700 hours. Of the 913 hours of training: 269 hours are focused on academics, 150 hours on physical tactics, 105 hours on firearms and 28 hours on driver training. The additional 361 hours are used for additional add-on trainings and presentations.

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 an NYPD Police Officer.

If you receive a NYPD Disqualification call me at 516-248-0040 to schedule a free phone or in-office consultation.

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October 25

Can You Become a NYPD Police Officer if You Have Smoked Pot?

Although it is now legal for New Yorkers to possess and smoke marijuana, police agencies across New York are letting Officers know that they are still prohibited from using the drug, even while off duty.

This issue will probably need to be revisited if the federal government decides to remove marijuana from the list of banned drugs and legalizes possession.

However, even if legalized at both the state and federal level, the NYPD could face liability issues if a Police Officer is involved in a situation in which they had to use force on another person and through subsequent testing, it is discovered that they tested positive for marijuana use.

Moreover, people in possession of firearms are not allowed to use marijuana. There is still a federal ban in place despite the fact that Governor Andrew Cuomo has made it legal to use and sell marijuana in the State of New York.

If you receive a NYPD Disqualification call me at 516-248-0040 to schedule a free phone or in-office consultation.

Email: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

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

October 24

NYPD Hiring Process

The following steps are required in order to successfully complete the NYPD hiring process:

  • Written Entrance Exam: Candidates must pass a written examination offered by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services in order to move forward in the hiring process
  • Medical Exam
  • Written and Oral Psychological Exams
  • Background Character Investigation
  • Job Standards Test (JST): Candidates must finish this continuous physical test in 4 minutes and 28 seconds to pass.
    The JST includes:
    sprinting 50 feet and surmounting a barrier;
    climbing stairs;
    demonstrating the ability to physically restrain someone;
    running in pursuit;
    dragging a 175-pound mannequin 35 feet to simulate a rescue; and,
    pulling the trigger of an unloaded firearm multiple times
  • – In addition, candidates are required to pass a drug and alcohol screening

All qualified candidates will be scheduled at the Candidate Assessment Center to complete these exams. If you have any questions, call the Candidate Assessment Center at (718) 312-4226 between 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday, or email CAD@NYPD.org.

If you receive a NYPD Disqualification please contact me at 516-248-0040 to schedule a free phone or in-office consultation.

Email: 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:
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October 21

What is the age limit to become a Police Officer in NYC?

Qualifying Age: 

The minimum age of appointment is 21 years old. However, candidates are eligible to take the Police Officer’s Entrance Exam at seventeen and one half (17½) years old. Candidates may take the Entrance Exam up until their 35th birthday.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Education: You must have earned 60 college credits with a minimum 2.0 GPA from an accredited institution or 2 years of active military service in the U.S. Armed Forces in order to be appointed to the title of Police Officer.

Residency: You must be a United States citizen, have a valid New York driver license and live in one of the city’s five boroughs or Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Westchester, Putnam or Orange counties within 30 days of being hired.

Disqualifiers: Candidates will be disqualified if they have been convicted of a felony, domestic violence misdemeanor, or have been dishonorably discharged from the military. Candidates may also be disqualified if they demonstrate a history of disrespect for the law, a tendency toward violence, termination from a job for poor behavior, or not adjusting to discipline.

If you receive a NYPD Disqualification please contact me at 516-248-0040 to schedule a free phone or in-office consultation.

Email: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Website: www.sheerinlaw.com

Blog: civilservice.sheerinlaw.com

Facebook: Law_Office_of Kevin_P._Sheerin

Twitter: @DQLawyer

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

October 20

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.

Email: kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Website: www.sheerinlaw.com

Blog: civilservice.sheerinlaw.com

Facebook: Law_Office_of Kevin_P._Sheerin

Twitter: @DQLawyer

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

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