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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart today announced that registration is now open to sign up for the upcoming Suffolk County Police Department entrance exam that will be held on June 15, 2019. The deadline to register for the highly competitive exam is April 3, 2019. Registration for the 2019 Suffolk County Police Department and the Police Spanish Speaking exam can be found at www.JoinSCPD.com.
“Crime in Suffolk County is at the lowest level in recorded history, and we expect this trend to continue by recruiting the very best to serve and protect,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “I encourage anyone interested in pursuing a career in public safety to take the exam and give strong consideration to joining the ranks of our respected law enforcement professionals.”
“We only offer this test once every four years, and with all of the progress we’ve made, we want to make the most of this tremendous opportunity,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart. “It is our responsibility to bring along the next generation of leaders, those who will dedicate their lives to protecting our residents and to keep our communities safe and I have no doubt these new recruits will carry the touch with honor and integrity.”
The exam is offered every four years and lures thousands of applicants who are interested in a career in law enforcement. Registrants must be between the ages of 19 – 34 with a six-month exception for applicants with active military duty experience. They must also have graduated from a standard high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma recognized by the New York State Department of Education Registration. Possession of a valid New York State drivers’ license is also required.
Candidates who pass the written test will be called for the following qualifying tests and evaluations as needed.
Comprehensive Medical Evaluation
Candidates will be required to meet the medical standards for Police Officer and/or Police Officer (Spanish Speaking) prescribed by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council and by Suffolk County.
This evaluation will consist of written tests and an interview designed to assess the suitability of the candidate’s personality for the position of Police Officer and/or Police Officer (Spanish Speaking).
Physical Fitness Screening Test
Candidates will be required to meet the qualifying fitness screening test standards for Police Officer and/or Police Officer (Spanish Speaking) as prescribed by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council.
New Recruitment Effort
In order to ensure the diversity of the Suffolk County Police Department is reflective of the communities that it serves, the county will be launching an extensive multimedia and social media outreach campaign after the holiday season. The outreach campaign will focus on attracting minority and women candidates who are most likely to meet the requirements to be a police officer. The campaign will utilize both, English and Spanish, through television, social media, radio stations and print media – including outlets that primarily serve or are directed towards the African-American and Hispanic communities. In addition, the Police Department will be performing grassroots outreach to community organizations, local churches, college campuses and more throughout Long Island and the tri-state area.
The Department selected Crown Advertising based in Hauppauge earlier this year through a request for proposal (RFP) process to lead the campaign. The Suffolk County Police Department has additionally quadrupled the amount of staff that is committed to recruitment within its community relation’s bureau.
For more information on the application process, please visit www.joinscpd.com or call the Suffolk County Police Department’s recruitment office at 1-800-SCP-EXAM.