How to Become a Police Officer in Westchester County, NY

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Local police officers have many roles: They assist those involved in automobile accidents, investigate crimes, direct traffic, patrol neighborhoods, participate in community events and monitor driving behavior. To become a police officer in Westchester County, New York, applicants must meet educational and training requirements.

Things You'll Need

  • Birth certificate Residency verification Driver's license High school diploma
  • Visit the Westchester County website to obtain information about becoming a police officer. The police officer’s examination is given approximately once every four years; it was last given in 2008.

  • Request an application by mail, telephone or in person.

  • Read and complete the application. If you have a question about a certain part of the application, you may contact someone in Human Resources for clarification.

  • Submit the application along with the required fees. You must also show proof that you have a high school diploma.

  • Take and pass the written examination. If you pass this test, your results are ranked, and you will be notified if you are chosen for the next step.

  • If you receive notification for candidacy consideration, you must have a medical examination, pass an agility test and consent to a background investigation.

  • Attend the final nomination interview and provide verification of your age, residency and citizenship, as required. You must be between the ages of 20 and 35, be a resident of the state of New York and have a valid New York driver's license.

  • If you are selected, participate in the 18-week training at the police academy.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check the Westchester County website several months before the police examination, when detailed information will be posted.

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