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Too many young men and women are wrongfully branded as "Psychologically Unsuitable" as candidates for law enforcement positions. These determinations compromises their ability to ever be employed in a law enforcement career. For example, imagine learning that the reason you were deemed unsuitable was due to the fact that you had the benefit of mental health intervention, a decade ago, when your parents divorced; "Poor Stress Tolerance". 


Have you taken the written examination and psychological interview for New York City Police Officer or New York City Correction Officer and received a NOTICE OF PROPOSED DISQUALIFICATION (NOPD)


We Can Help 

Contact Dr. Mark Lerner, Clinical, Forensic and Police Psychologist at (631) 385-7551 or Robert Kronenberg, Esq., NYPD Capt. Ret. at (631) 234-4434 or (212) 776-1950 for a FREE confidential telephone consultation.

"Withdrawing" from the Process


While NYPD and DOC candidates deemed "PSYCHOLOGICALLY UNSUITABLE" are offered the opportunity to "WITHDRAW," they are NOT informed that their psychological files remain with the NYPD and/or the DOC. This documentation can be utilized at any time in the future by the NYPD, DOC or another law enforcement agency. Only by appealing a psychological disqualification can a candidate clear one’s name.



Appealing a Proposed Disqualification


The New York City Police Department and the New York City Department of Correction have changed their process regarding the appeal of a psychological disqualification. The initial notice forwarded to the candidate will state that the NYPD/DOC “is proposing to disqualify you from this position.” The change is the NYPD/DOC’s use of the word “proposing”. It is at that point that the candidate will be able to begin the appeal process. If the candidate fails to initiate the process after receiving the notice of proposed disqualification (i.e., typically within 30 days), the disqualification will be deemed final and the candidate will not be able to obtain his/her psychological disqualification file from the NYPD/DOC. Thus, it is critical that the candidate begin the appeal process when he/she receives the notice of the proposed psychological disqualification.


Other Law Enforcement Evaluations


If you require a psychological evaluation for other law enforcement agencies, such as the New York State Department of Correction, Suffolk County Police Department, Nassau County Police Department, Department of Homeland Security, etc. contact Dr. Mark Lerner.

Appealing a Civil Service Psychological Disqualification 


Have you applied for the position of police officer, correction officer, probation officer, park ranger, state trooper, sheriff, firefighter or other civil service position and learned that you have been psychologically disqualified?


If you believe that this decision is wrong or capricious, you should appeal this determination. In most jurisdictions, you have a very limited time frame (e.g., 30 days) to initiate your appeal. 


Psychological evaluations for civil service positions typically include both written (i.e., paper and pencil) objective assessment and an oral (i.e., self-report) clinical interview. The former often involve the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), the California Psychological Inventory (CPI), the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory - III (MCMI-III), a Candidate Questionnaire (e.g., CPQ; Police Candidate Questionnaire) and the Cornell Index (CI). Additionally, some evaluators will utilize projective measures including the Rorschach, Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) and drawings. The clinical interview is generally a structured series of questions.


Candidates may be psychologically disqualified for a number of reasons such as anxiety, depression, poor judgement, poor credibility, immaturity, etc. Additionally, maladaptive behaviors are considered. These generally include difficulties in such areas as school, employment, one's personal history, etc.


When appealing a psychological disqualification, candidates are strongly advised to seek the legal advice of an attorney, such as Mr. Kronenberg, who is experienced in handling civil service cases. An independent psychological evaluation will need to be performed by a clinical and forensic psychologist, such as Dr. Lerner. 


The independent psychological evaluation will include a review of the entire civil service psychological record and provide additional psychological evidence to be considered in concert with the content of the candidate’s psychological file.  


Finally, whether or not you are intent on pursing employment with the civil service position to which you applied, it is strongly advisable to appeal a psychological disqualification. Such a determination can compromise your ability to secure employment with another entity. By appealing your disqualification and having an independent psychological evaluation conducted, you can have a document in hand that addresses the validity of your disqualification and sets the record straight regarding your current psychological functioning and ability to perform the requisite functions of the job to which you applied.

"Why was a preliminary decision made that I was "PSYCHOLOGICALLY UNSUITABLE?"


Following is a list of some of the most common reasons for being found psychologically unsuitable for law enforcement positions:

• Anxiety
• Depression 
• Aggressivity 
• Impulsivity 
• Excessive Anger
• Poor Judgment
• Poor Impulse Control
• Suicidality
• Provocativeness
• Bias (racial or other)
• Poor presentation
• Poor Stress Tolerance
• Poor Interpersonal Skills
• Poor Social Competence
• Poor Dutifulness
• Substance Misuse/Abuse/Addition (including alcohol)
• Immaturity
• Failure to Adjust to the Psychological Demands of Adulthood
• Poor Credibility

Notice of Proposed Disqualification (NOPD) with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) or the New York City Department of Correction (NYCDOC)

Receiving an NOPD by the NYPD or the NYCDOC can be a disheartening experience for any candidate aspiring to join the Department. However, it is crucial to understand the importance of appealing this decision, as it can have significant long-term implications for the candidate's future prospects.

First, appealing an NOPD increases the candidate's chances of being called back and given another opportunity to become a member of the Department. Though the initial decision may be frustrating, it is not uncommon for candidates to successfully appeal and have their disqualification reversed. By presenting a strong case that addresses the concerns raised by the NYPD or the NYCDOC, candidates can demonstrate their commitment, character, and ability to perform as members of the force. This can open the door for reconsideration and help them achieve their goal of joining the Department.


Furthermore, appealing an NOPD also has the potential to clear the candidate's name and enable them to secure employment with another law enforcement agency. With the increasing demand for qualified officers across various jurisdictions, having the necessary psychological documentation that addresses the concerns raised by the NYPD or the NYCDOC can serve as a valuable asset in future applications. By thoroughly addressing and refuting the concerns outlined in the NOPD, candidates can demonstrate their suitability for a career in law enforcement and overcome any doubts or misconceptions that may have been previously raised.

In conclusion, appealing a Notice of Proposed Disqualification is of utmost importance for candidates seeking a career with the NYPD or the NYCDOC. It not only increases the likelihood of getting another chance with the Department but also provides an opportunity to clear one's name and secure employment with other law enforcement agencies. By appealing to and addressing the concerns raised, candidates can preserve their aspirations and pave the way for a successful and meaningful career in law enforcement.

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Kevin P. Sheerin is an NYPD psychological disqualification appeals attorney. He  has been assisting candidates with NYPD Psychological disqualifications for 18 years.   He is now an experienced in NYPD NOPD disqualification appeals and NYPD NOD Disqualification cases.

Some of the issues he handles are disqualification cases.  It is important that you call a Civil-Service Law Attorney to discuss your case.  The most common type of disqualifications is psychological.  In the case of disqualifications you will be asked to get a second opinion from an independent psychologist. This psychologist should be trained in appeal preemployment psychological disqualification appeals.  Mr. Sheerin has successfully handled cases where candidates have been diagnosed with a vast variety of psychological issues.  It is important that you consult with the Civil Service Law Attorney discuss the options in these cases.

In the case of psychological disqualifications which are becoming more common it is best to file your appeal and speak to civil-service law attorney. Mr. Sheerin will refer you to the psychologist best suited for your appeal.

The NOPD or Notice of Proposed Disqualification (NOPD) is handled by the NYPD Candidate Assessment Division on 20th Street in Grammercy Park, New York.

The second step or NOD Notice of Disqualification Appeal is handled by the NYC Civil Service Commission in accordance with NYS Civil Service Law.

Once again you will have to authorize release to the psychologist to receive the NYPD records regarding her disqualification. Then the psychologist will meet with you and possibly give you additional testing to help you appeal your case.

There are also disqualifications for character or background issues. If you've been arrested or received a number of traffic summonses or have had past employment problems involving termination or suspension would discipline you may receive a character background disqualification. These disqualifications can lead to a civil-service hearing to determine if you are actually qualified for the NYPD. It is important to have an attorney to prepare you for any hearing that would be conducted before the commission and to understand the severity and the possibilities regarding any infractions donating cited against you by the NYPD.

Please Click Here to Get a Copy of My Free E-Book Appealing a Civil-Service Disqualification.

Please call us toll-free at 888– 998 – 9984 for free caught phone consultation to discuss your disqualification case.


Disqualified from a job you always wanted?

Don't worry; you're not alone. Many people are disqualified from jobs every day for a number of reasons. That's why we're here to help.

At, we know how to get you back in the running for the job of your dreams. We have successfully handled disqualification cases for years and know exactly what to do to get you back on track.

All you need is a knowledgeable Civil-Service Law Attorney on your side who can walk you through the procedure.

What Is NYPD Disqualification Process?

The NYPD has a very specific disqualification process that you will need to follow to be reinstated. This process can be complicated and confusing, but we can help you every step of the way.

1) Submit a written request for review to the Civil Service Commission within 30 days of notification of your disqualification.

2) After reviewing your case, the Commission will decide whether you should be restored.

3) If they decide that you should be reinstated, they will send a letter to the NYPD informing them of their decision.

4) The NYPD will have 30 days to accept or appeal the decision.

5) If they accept the decision, you will be reinstated and able to continue your job search.

What Should You Know About NYPD Psychological Disqualification?

One of the most common reasons for NYPD disqualification is psychological issues. Every applicant must go through a psychological test as part of the recruiting process at the NYPD.

If you are found to have any psychological issues, you will be automatically disqualified from the job. This does not, however, imply that you will never be able to work as a police officer.

You can still apply for other jobs in law enforcement or seek treatment for your psychological issue. Once you have been treated, you can then reapply to the NYPD and hopefully be successful the second time around.

NYPD Disqualification Appeal Lawyer

Appealing an NYPD disqualification can be a long and difficult process. You will need to submit a written request for review to the Civil Service Commission and then go through an appeals process.

If you're not sure how to navigate the appeals process, don't worry; we can help. Our experienced team of attorneys knows exactly what to do to get your case in front of the right people and get you the best possible outcome.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you with your NYPD disqualification appeal.

NYPD Appeal Psychologist

If you've been disqualified from the NYPD due to psychological issues, you may be wondering if you can ever become a police officer. The good news is that you can still apply for other jobs in law enforcement or seek treatment for your psychological issue.

To increase your chances of being accepted, you may want to consider working with a psychologist who specializes in NYPD appeals. This psychologist can help you understand the NYPD's disqualification process and give you tips on how to improve your chances of being reinstated.

NYPD Psychological Division

The NYPD's Psychological Division is responsible for conducting psychological evaluations of all applicants. If you've been disqualified from the NYPD due to psychological issues, you can contact the Psychological Division to learn more about the disqualification process and how to appeal your case.

Appealing A Civil Service Exam Disqualification

If you've been disqualified from the civil service exam, you may be wondering if there&#39;s anything you can do to get back on track. The good news is that you can appeal your case and potentially be reinstated.

However, the appeals process can be long and complicated, so it&#39;s important to have an experienced attorney on your side. At Sheerin Law, we have successfully handled disqualification cases for years and know exactly what to do to get you back on track.

What Happens After You Are Disqualified from The NYPD?

If you are disqualified from the NYPD, you have two options: you can either reapply for the job or seek treatment for your psychological issue. If you choose to reapply, you will need to go through the entire application process again.

If you choose to seek treatment, you will need to get a letter from your psychologist stating that you have been successfully treated for your condition. Once you have this letter, you can then reapply to the NYPD.

Regardless of which path you choose; we recommend getting in touch with us as we can help you navigate the process and give you the best chance of success.


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