Cadet Corps Requirements & Benefits
To enroll in the Cadet Corps, a candidate must:
- Be 18-33 years of age
- Be a New York City resident
- Be a full-time college student with at least 45 credits and no more than 95 credits at the time of hire. Students must have a 2.0 GPA, earn a minimum of 12 credits each semester and be enrolled in a 4-year degree program at an accredited college within NYC, Nassau or Westchester Counties
- Be free of any felony convictions
- Have US Citizenship within two (2) years of hire and/or graduation of college – whichever comes first
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Staying in the Program
To remain in the Cadet Corps, a cadet must:
- Maintain the 2.0 GPA and earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester in a 4-year degree program at an accredited college
- Take the first available promotional police officer's exam while you are a cadet
- Attend monthly training every third Saturday of each month at the Police Academy
- Work full-time during the summer months
- Have your US Citizenship within two years of being hired or upon graduation from college, whichever comes first
Tuition Assistance and Other Benefits
Tuition Assistance: Receive up to $20,000 in tuition assistance ($2,500 to $5,000 per semester, up to 4 semesters). Cadets who take advantage of this program will not have to re-pay the amount after completing 2 years of service as a New York City Police Officer.
Great Pay: We offer $16.79 hourly wage.
Flexible Work Schedule: We offer full-time summer employment with a flexible work schedule during the school year – school comes first!
Promotional Opportunity: When you take the police officer's exam it will be considered a promotional exam.
The Hiring Process
- Background Check
- Pre-Hire Interview
- Medical Examination
- Standardized Psychological Test
- Job Standard Test
- Oral Psychological Interview
- Character Investigation
Per DOHMH Commissioner's Order to Require COVID-19 Vaccination for City Employees and Certain City Contractors, the New York City Vaccine Mandate requires that all uniformed and civilian members of the service, as well as part-time employees, college aides and interns, and volunteers (such as auxiliary officers) provide verification that they are vaccinated against COVID-19.