New York Daily News

February 9, 2005

City aims to beef up Finest ranks

The NYPD is looking for more than a few good men and women for its newest class of police officers.

The test will be held on June 18, 2005, and applications are due April 22.

In an effort to draw a larger and more diverse pool of applicants, the city has once again waived the application fee.

There are three tentative alternate exam dates — June 17, 23 and 26 — for people who can't attend on June 18.

To apply, you must be at least 17 1/2 years old by April 22, 2005, and no older than 34 on Feb. 2, 2005. Applicants also must have a high school diploma or a GED and two years of military service or 60 college credits to be eligible.

Applications are available online as well as in all precincts, public libraries and the DCAS application center at 18 Washington St. in Manhattan.

The starting salary is $36,878 plus an annual uniform allowance, holiday pay and health insurance. Raises boost the base pay to $54,048 after five years.

In an effort to diversity the force, the department has been trying to get more women, Hispanics, African-Americans and Asians to take the test. Of the 730 recruits sworn in January 2004, 82% were men and 18% women. In terms of ethnicity, 26% of the recruits were Hispanic, 14% black and 8% Asian.

Last month, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly credited the latest graduating class for helping with security at the Republican National Convention in August.

"You were a big part of the reason the convention went so smoothly and any disruptions to the city were kept to a minimum," Kelly told the class on Jan. 7.

The newest class of recruits was sworn in on Jan. 10.

The city is continuing an aggressive recruitment drive to keep up with attrition a constant battle against retirements and officers being lured away to higher-paying police departments.

"Our concern is that they've made it so easy to become police officers because they are not competitive in the market," Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch said through a spokesman. "There is just not a pool of candidates the way it was 15 years ago when 40,000 to 50,000 people took the test and the list lasted four years."