2006-11-01 / Features

Police Hold 3 Recruitment Drives Every Year

BY LIZ GOFF

How would you like to track down and nab a crime suspect? Or find a missing child? Interrogate crime suspects? Work crowd control at concerts, protests or parades-or safeguard U.S. shores against terrorism?

If you've ever considered becoming one of New York's Finest, now is the perfect time to apply.

As a police officer with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) you could find yourself doing any number of interesting tasks-all in a day's work-with almost no two days alike! Along with the challenge, excitement, and variety of working as a New York City police officer, you will have the distinction and honor of being part of the nation's premier crime fighting organization, according to Deputy Inspector Martin Morales, commanding officer of the NYPD Recruitment Unit.

"Becoming a police officer is a childhood dream for so many people," Morales said. "New York City is the greatest show on earth-and when working with the NYPD you have front row seats."

Morales said the role of a New York City police officer has expanded over recent years from that of a "premier crime fighter." City cops are now thoroughly trained, through improved technology, to lead the nation in counter-terrorism efforts, he said.

The NYPD is so strong in this respect that the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency is borrowing city cops to help conduct interviews and translate sensitive documents obtained or seized overseas, Morales said. "Our officers, in turn, are getting valuable exposure to intelligence concerning potential threats to New York City."

New York City police officers are "multifaceted individuals, with extensive training in community affairs, crime prevention, investigations, narcotics enforcement, forensic science, law, and youth relations," Morales said.

The NYPD is now recruiting at numerous college campuses, since one of the requirements for job candidates is that they attain 60 college credits before applying, Morales said.

Many college students take the NYPD written test in their sophomore or junior year, since the results remain active for four years. The written tests can be taken during recruitment drives held three times each year, Morales said.

The NYPD has an intern program-the Police Cadet Corps-that begins with firstyear college students, Morales said. Students who participate in the program receive $5,000 in funding each semester, and if they remain on the job for two years after graduation, the loan is forgiven, he said.

The NYPD currently employs 37,000 uniformed officers, making it the largest force in the United States, Morales said. "Not only is it the largest force, it's the most effective," he added. Morales said the NYPD leads the nation with the most dramatic crime reductions in our time. Overall, crime is down 6 percent and homicides are at a 40-year low - no easy task, he said.

The job of New York City cop is open to anyone who can pass a required series of written and psychological tests, Morales said.

"Not everyone has what it takes," he said. "Only one in ten applicants will make it."

Morales said the NYPD will hire approximately 3,000 new officers in 2006. The application process is currently open to applicants for future NYPD exams.

Morales said out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply, and are accommodated through the Quick Efficient Standardized Testing Program (QUEST), which makes it possible for them to complete testing in one visit to the Big Apple.

For a sample schedule and additional information on out-of-state applications, visit the NYPD Web site at: www.nyc.gov/html/ nypd/pdf/Job_postings/QUESTLetter.pdf

For additional details on the local application process, go to: www.NYPD.Recruit.com, or speak with a recruiter at 1-212-Recruit.

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