What sort of competition am I facing when I apply to the NYPD?

I was wondering how much competition should I expect, or if I get treated differently due to my degree. I just got a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from University of New Haven. I also speak Russian and Spanish. Will I be sent somewhere differently due to my degree and languages? Or does everyone start in patrol no exceptions.

Asked By: Tommy Wiseau - 6/6/2010
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Firstly, in order to get into the NYPD, you must pass an entrance exam, be 21 at time of appointment to the academy, and have either 2 years of prior military or have 60 college credits. Depending on how well you do on your entrance exam, you will then be placed on a civil service list of all those that passed. The... More
Answered By: Kenneth C - 6/6/2010
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The competition could best be described as fierce, however, if you meet all other qualifications, the degree and language skills may be a plus. Although you would start out with everyone else, foreign language skills could enable you to be considered for a special assignment such as intelligence projects, detective... More
Answered By: Ben - 6/6/2010
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