Chairman Badillo & Commissioner Kerik Encourage Chairmanage CUNY Students To Consider Careers in NYPD

Herman Badillo, Chairman of The City University of New York Board of Trustees and Police Commissioner Bernard B. Kerik are urging CUNY students to consider a career in law enforcement.

In a joint letter to CUNY students, they state that, “The New York City Police Department is actively recruiting men and women for the upcoming December 16th examination for Police Officer. There has never been a better time to join the NYPD. The department is modernizing management, improving technology and updating training.”

The letter notes that, “A career in law enforcement offers wide ranging benefits which include a starting salary of $35,000, a choice of paid medical and dental programs, 20 paid vacation days, unlimited sick leave with full pay and optional retirement at one-half salary after 20 years of service.”

Qualified applicants who reside in the city also receive five additional points on the entrance examination. They may also be eligible for a special mortgage with no money down for first-time home buyers.

The filing period to take the exam ends October 27. For further information call (212) RECRUIT or visit the web site

Another avenue for CUNY students to enter law enforcement is through the NYPD Cadet Corps, an initiative designed to ensure that future police officers are both better educated and more representative of the racial and ethnic diversity of the city.

It can provide up to $36,000 in total compensation through full time summer and part time school year employment for Cadets who complete the Police Cadet program. Once students earn 45 college credits, they are eligible for a $4,000 student loan that will be considered paid in full after two years of service as a police officer.

Qualifications for the NYPD Cadet Corps include being a resident of New York City at the time of appointment, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and a student at an accredited college within New York City, Nassau or Westchester. Further information on the Cadet Corps is available at NY CADET or at