Applying to become a Nassau County Police Officer is the first step in what could become a long, rewarding, and lucrative career. The position is both physically and mentally demanding, so the department requires several components to be completed in the application process. These various components include written and physical exams and testing to evaluate whether candidates have the correct medical, mental, and character attributes to become successful police officers.
The Initial Application for a Nassau County Police Officer
The first step in applying for a police officer role in Nassau County is to submit an initial application. You can find these applications online at the Nassau County State of New York website. Applicants must create a new account, submit the application, and pay an application fee. Applicants are then notified whether they have been approved, rejected, or conditionally approved.
Conditional approval may result due to the fact that police officer exams occur every four to six years. This timeline depends on when the department’s list of successful candidates expires. It is important to regularly check the email you provide in your application, as you will be notified of upcoming exams for available positions.
Nassau County Police Department Written Exam
Once an applicant has been approved and a new exam scheduled, applicants must complete a written exam. This exam is mainly given in multiple-choice format and tests the applicants on various skills, including memory, problem-solving skills, logical reasoning, math, vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, and other mental skills. For candidates to continue their application process, they must pass this test.
Nassau County Police Department Physical Exam
If the candidate has passed their written exam, they may proceed to a physical examination. Before beginning the physical examination, candidates must provide proof of medical clearance to participate in the physical exam. The Nassau Police Department physical exam consists of push-ups, sit-ups, and a mile and a half run. Passing scores for each of these components are dependent on applicant age. Candidates must successfully pass all three sections to proceed with their application. Passing scores corresponding to candidate age can be found online at the Nassau County Civil Service Commission website.
Once a candidate has passed their physical examination, they move on to medical and psychological screenings. These screenings are completed to ensure candidates have medical and psychological attributes suited to the role.
Once a candidate has successfully filed their application, been approved, completed and passed their written and physical examinations, and completed and passed the medical and psychological screenings, they will be subsequently trained at the Police Academy located in Massapequa Park.
Disqualified Candidate Appeals
If a candidate has failed their written exam or failed to complete their application correctly, they will not be permitted to continue their application. However, applicants that are informed of disqualifications due to medical, psychological, or physical reasonings do have an appeal process available to them.
Our office specializes in legal assistance for candidates who have been wrongly disqualified as a result of medical, psychological, or physical screenings. Disqualification appeals attorney Robert B. Kronenberg has nearly two decades of experience in reversing disqualifications. If you or someone you know has been wrongfully disqualified from a law enforcement candidacy in New York City or Nassau County, contact us today.