police officer with dogThe Westchester County Department of Human Resources administers the Police Officer examination used to fill vacancies in the Department of Public Safety Services, the cities of Peekskill and Rye and the towns and villages within the county.

Next examination for Police Officer and Police Officer (Spanish Speaking) will be held on November 19, 2016. The last date to file for this exam was July 25, 2016. Police Officer exam is usually given once every four years and candidates have to wait until the beginning of next application filing period to apply.

Please click here to view/print examination announcements for Police Officer and Police Officer (Spanish Speaking) scheduled to be held on November 19, 2016.

All candidates for examination must be a legal resident of Westchester County at the time of examination and for at least one month prior thereto, in this case Oct. 19, 2016.

Candidates will be required to submit proof of residency upon request. This exam is held every three to four years.

A Study Guide to the Police Officer examination “Entry Level Police Officer Series” is available on the New York State Department of Civil Service Web site. Download the study guide,or it is available in hard copy form and can be obtained at the Westchester County Department of Human Resources Office.

The cities of Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers each hold their own separate examination.

Police Officers are public officers and must meet all applicable provisions of the New York State Public Officers Law. Standards for Police Officer are established in accordance with section 58 of the New York State Civil Service Law and the New York State Public Officers Law.

The chart below summarizes the basic requirements for the police officer candidates:


At Time of Examination

At Time of Appointment

United States Citizenship



High School Diploma



Current NYS Drivers License



Minimum Age



Maximum Age

Effective April 1999, eligibility for participation in the examination ends on the 35th birthday, unless a veteran as defined by NYS Law


Residency Requirement



In addition to the above, there are minimum qualifications that must be met which will be listed on the exam announcement. Candidates who pass the written exam will be required to pass psychological screening, medical and physical agility standards set by the Municipal Police Training Council in order to achieve a permanent appointment as a Police Officer.

Westchester County welcomes your interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Find out more about police departments in Westchester County.

Westchester County Police Departments

 Village of Ardsley  Village of Mamaroneck  Village of Tarrytown
 Town of Bedford  Village of Mt. Kisco  Village of Tuckahoe
 Village of Briarcliff Manor  Town of Mt. Pleasant  Town of Yorktown Heights
 Village of Bronxville  Town of New Castle  County Public Safety Services
 Village of Buchanan  Town of North Castle  
 Village of Croton  Village of Ossining  
 Village of Dobbs Ferry  City of Peekskill  
 Town of Eastchester  Village of Pelham  
 Village of Elmsford  Village of Pelham Manor  
 Town of Greenburgh  Village of Pleasantville  
 Village of Hastings  Village of Port Chester  
 Village of Harrison  City of Rye  
 Village of Irvington  Village of Rye Brook  
 Village of Larchmont  Village of Scarsdale  
 Town of Mamaroneck  Village of Sleepy Hollow