New York City Police Department
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has police officers worldwide, but its main focus is servicing the five boroughs of New York City – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx. The department’s headquarters are in lower Manhattan.
The NYPD is approximately 35,000 police officers strong, and has more than 20,000 civilian employees. The department has 300 specialized units, roughly equivalent to different Military Occupational Specialties.
Veterans returning from active duty have long received preference in certain areas of the hiring process. According to the NYPD, they have proven to be great employees. They tend to have excellent judgment, dependability, decisiveness, organizational skills, and integrity; and they take pride in belonging to the department. Transitioning from a military organization to the NYPD is a smooth process because the NYPD is a paramilitary organization that is very similar to a military unit in size and scope.
The NYPD offers many opportunities for advancement. Personnel can take Civil Service promotional exams for advancement to sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. All promotions to ranks higher than captain are by appointment by the police commissioner.