Westchester County

Police Officer Exams

Police Officer Examinations

The 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. The examination for Police Officer was held on November 17, 2012. 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 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

No

Yes

High School Diploma

Yes

Yes

Current NYS Drivers License

No

Yes

Minimum Age

None

Twenty (20)

Maximum Age

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

None

Residency Requirement

Yes

Yes

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 medical and physical agility standards set by the Municipal Police Training Council in order to achieve a permanent appointment as a Police Officer. The official announcement for Police Officer will detail the requirements necessary to complete the examination and appointment process. Every four years Westchester County holds the civil service examination for police officer and police officer (Spanish Speaking) to fill vacancies for positions in the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Services, and the police departments of the cities of Peekskill and Rye and the towns and villages in Westchester County.

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  Village of Tuckahoe
 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