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(518) 270-4411

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55 State Street
Troy NY 12180

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Apply for Entry Level Position

STEP 1: Check Your Eligibility

A Police Recruit is an entry level position and is someone who does not have police/peace officer experience or training within the State of New York. This classification applies to police officers from other states and federal law enforcement officers who do not possess a New York P.O.S.T. Academy Certificate. The Troy Police Department does not accept the New York P.O.S.T. Waiver.

Do you have what it takes to become a Troy Police Officer? Here are the basic requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Must have a high-school diploma or equivalent, although a college degree is preferred.
  • Must have a good work history.
  • No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the military.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license for at least a year and a good driving record.
  • Must be in good physical condition and of good moral character.
  • Vision must be correctable to 20/40 in each eye.
  • Must have no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving moral character, false statements or domestic violence.
  • No pending criminal charges.
  • Must pass a written exam, physical agility test, panel interview, multiple polygraph exams, background investigation, medical screening and a psychological exam.
  • Must live within ????? at the time of employment.
STEP 2: Take a Written and Physical Agility Tests

If your full application is approved, we will contact you to schedule a written exam and Physical Assessment Test.

The Written Exam is a decision-making evaluation based on scenarios, which includes video, reading and writing elements. You can take practice tests at

The Physical Assessment Test requires candidates to run 1.5 miles in less than 16 minutes and complete as many push-ups and sit-ups as they can in one minute.

STEP 3: Attend an interview with the recruiting staff

If you pass the Written Exam and Physical Assessment Test, we will contact you to schedule an interview with the recruiting staff.

STEP 4: Background Investigation Process

Eligible candidates will complete a Personal History Statement (PHS) packet. Background investigators will then be assigned to assist candidates through the process.

Upon successful completion and review of the background investigation, the hiring board will make their employment selections. Those selected will receive a conditional offer of employment, contingent upon successfully passing a medical and psychological exam.

STEP 5: Get the conditional offer

Successful candidates will get a conditional offer of employment after this interview. If you are unsuccessful at this step, you can re-apply after a six-month waiting period.

STEP 6: Complete the final requirements

Once you get the conditional offer, you will complete a:

Medical examination
Psychological assessment

If you pass these remaining steps, you will either:

Attend the Police Academy as a non-certified recruit
Start a police orientation for certified officers