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Cadet Corps Requirements & Benefits

Enrollment Requirements

To enroll in the Cadet Corps, a candidate must:

  • Be at least 18 years old and be able to meet the maximum age requirements to be a police officer upon graduation from college
  • 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 $16.31 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