2007-06-29 / Community

Senator Smith Encourages Police Candidates

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith encourages aspiring police officers to take the first step toward becoming one of "New York's Finest" by signing up for the NYPD Police Entrance Exam scheduled in October. The deadline to apply for this free examination is September 15.

"This is a chance to join the nation's premier crime-fighting team," said Senator Smith. "If you're looking for a rewarding career that offers challenges, plenty of variety, and the satisfaction that comes from serving your community, this may be the right fit- at the right time."

To be appointed as a NYC Police Officer, a candidate must:

+ Have reached their twenty-first birthday on their date of hire;

+ Have 60 college credits with a minimum 2.0 grade point average from an accredited college or university, or two years of full-time military service in the U.S. Armed Forces with an honorable discharge and the equivalent of a high school diploma;

+ On the day of appointment, possess a valid, unrestricted New York State driver's license and reside in New York City or one of the surrounding counties, including: Nassau, Suffolk, Orange, Putnam, Westchester, or Rockland.

After a candidate has passed the written examination, he or she must also pass a character and background assessment, an oral and written psychological exam, drug and alcohol screening, and medical and physical agility examinations.

"Being a police officer is infinitely more than just a job," Senator Smith noted. "Policing is about the protection and preservation of your community. The professional challenges of the work, the innate dangers and personal sacrifice, demand dedication and top-notch skills. If you have what it takes to become one of our 'Finest,' I encourage you to apply."

Applications are available at any large library throughout the city, at any Department of Labor office, police precinct, Transit Bureau, or Police Service area. Qualified applicants may also request an application by calling 212-RECRUIT (212-732-7848) or apply online at www.nypd2.org.

The phone number and website also provide information on free classes available in every borough to help candidates strengthen their testing skills. A free test preparation kit is also available on the NYPD website.

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