Police Officer, NYPD

New York Police Department (NYPD)
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Salary and Benefits

A career with the NYPD means receiving a reliable benefits package that includes paid vacation, paid sick leave, and retirement funds. In addition to a salary, compensation includes longevity pay, holiday pay, and uniform allowance, along with opportunities for overtime.


Starting salary: $42,500
Salary after 5 ½ years: $85,292.
Including holiday pay, longevity pay, uniform allowance, night differential and overtime, police officers may potentially earn over $100,000 per year.

Additional Benefits

  • 27 Paid vacation days after 5 years of service
  • Unlimited sick leave with full pay
  • Selection of medical benefit packages
  • Prescription, dental, and vision coverage
  • Annuity fund
  • Deferred Compensation Plan, 401K and I.R.A.
  • Optional retirement at one half salary after 22 years of service
  • Annual $12,000 Variable Supplement Fund (upon retirement)
  • Excellent promotional opportunities

Promotional Opportunities

The Department offers promotional exams periodically for the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. Promotion to detective, as well as all ranks above Captain, are based upon merit. Each of these ranks afford members the opportunity to earn significantly higher salaries.

Military Veterans

The NYPD has a special place for those who have served, and we value the training, skills and management experience of military personnel, which is one of the main reasons we actively recruit veterans.

Additional benefits available to military veterans include:

  • Veterans can earn GI Bill benefits in addition to their salary during their first two years.
  • Police Officer Exam scores are kept on file indefinitely. Upon leaving the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans have 6 months to start the hiring process.
  • Veterans can add 4 years to the maximum hiring age, or 6 years if they served during war or national emergency. This applies only to veterans under age 40.
  • Veterans can buy back three years of their military time to be applied to their NYPD retirement.
  • Officers who are active reservists are allowed 30 paid military days per year, in addition to their vacation time.

Educational Opportunities

Joining the NYPD is not only a great way to launch a career, it’s a great way to enhance your education. Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Full salary and benefits are available on the first day of academy training.
  • Earn up to 29 college credits from your academy training that can go toward a degree.
  • Several institutions offer full or partial scholarships to NYPD members.

Chat with an NYPD Recruiter

Recruiters are generally available Monday-Friday between the hours of 7 AM and 8 PM (Eastern time), and Saturday-Sunday between the hours of 12 PM and 8 PM.

Click here to chate: https://bluecrayola.nypd.org/chat/

Police Officer Candidate Forms

The NYPD Candidate Assessment Division has provided below the forms that you must print and prepare prior to reporting for your formal interview with an investigator. Please follow the instructions and complete the forms carefully. If you have any questions on how or when to complete a form, please call the Candidate Relations Desk at 718-312-4226.

First Step

Most NYC government jobs, including the position of New York City police officer, require taking and passing a competitive civil service examination by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS).

The NYPD Candidate Assessment Division will only accept forms from candidates who have successfully completed the written Civil Service exam. Upon a candidate’s successful completion of the written exam, the department will notify the candidate to proceed with the form application process. The necessary forms can be accessed below.

Online Registration

  1. To open an account, please register here.
  2. Complete the appropriate Personal History Questionnaire online, below.
  • CAS-5 Personal History Questionnaire (for police officers, school safety agents, and cadet candidates only).

Fill out the CAS-5 form online, and follow the prompts. DO NOT MAIL THESE FORMS.

Printable Forms

Download, print, and fill out these paper forms below and bring them with you to your interview. DO NOT MAIL THESE FORMS.

Additional Forms

Hiring Process


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.
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 also 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.

The Hiring Process

  • The hiring process requires that the following steps must be successfully completed:
  • 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 the aforementioned exams. For any questions, please call the Candidate Assesment Center at (718) 312-4226 during the hours of 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday, or email [email protected].

Police Officer Exam

Candidates must pass the police officer written exam, which is designed to measure cognitive ability, observational skills, and mental acuity. While passing the written test is mandatory, it is not a guarantee of an appointment to the position of police officer.

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Test Preparation Materials

The NYPD prepared a booklet to assist you in achieving your best score on the upcoming NYC Police Officer’s Entrance Exam.

Click here for the Police Officer Exam Preparation Tutorial