Waives the 60 credits required for New York City Auxiliary Police Officers to become members of the regular NYC police force for up to a period of 5 years, provided they are enrolled in college, otherwise meet the eligibility requirements and pass the entrance examination.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A6539
SPONSOR: Perry (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of
New York, in relation to qualifications to become a member of the police
force of the city of New York
This bill will provide a temporary waiver of the 60-credit requirement
for a period of five years for New York City auxiliary police officers
who apply to the New York City Police Department and have served contin-
uously as an auxiliary police officer for four or more years; fulfilled
all other entrance requirements, including passing the entrance exam;
and are enrolled in a two-year or four-year college or university in an
associate or bachelor degree program.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 14-109 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York is
amended by adding a new Subdivision c.
This bill has the following four provisions:
1) Grants waiver to auxiliary police officers with four or more years
service in the auxiliary police, or requires auxiliary applicant to be
enrolled in a college degree program;
2) Provides five-year appointment as police officer with waiver;
3) Appointment converts to regular appointment on fulfillment of 60-cre-
4) Failure to fulfill 60-credit requirement terminates appointment at
the end of five-years or allows for commissioner to grant extension or
permanent appointment at his discretion.
Young men and women who care enough to volunteer their time and energy
as New York City auxiliary police officers are worthy of special consid-
eration when aspiring to serve as New York City police officers.
Currently, however, there is a 60-credit educational eligibility
requirement for individuals applying to become a New York City police
officer. In an effort to provide auxiliary police officers with an
access way into the New York City Police Department, this bill will
establish a temporary waiver of the 60-credit requirement for a period
of up to five years for auxiliary police officers applying to the posi-
tion of police officer. The bill stipulates that the individual must
have served continuously as an auxiliary officer for at least four
years, have fulfilled all other entrance requirements, and is currently
enrolled in a two- or four-year educational institution.
The bill also stipulates that eligible auxiliary officers will receive a
five-year appointment as a New York City police officer until proof of
fulfillment of the educational requirement has been submitted. Auxilia-
ry officers who do not fulfill the 60-credit requirement within the five
year period will be subject to dismissal or other discretionary action
taken by the commissioner.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
None to the State.
This Act shall take effect immediately after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
March 26, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. PERRY, COOK -- read once and referred to the
Committee on Cities
AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in
relation to qualifications to become a member of the police force of
the city of New York
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Section 14-109 of the administrative code of the city of
2 New York is amended by adding a new subdivision c to read as follows:
3 c. Any applicant seeking to become a police officer with the regular
4 New York city police force who, at the time of his or her application,
5 is a member of the New York city auxiliary police force having at least
6 four years of continuous service as an auxiliary police officer shall be
7 granted a waiver of the sixty-credit requirement for a job applicant for
8 such position, if such auxiliary police officer applicant has (i)
9 fulfilled all other entrance requirements to become a member of the
10 regular police force (including, but not limited to passing the depart-
11 ment entrance examination), and (ii) is enrolled in a two or four year
12 college or university course of study leading to an associate's or bach-
13 elor's degree. The commissioner shall establish a process for accepting
14 such applications and making determination as to eligibility for grant-
15 ing such waivers. The commissioner may deny grants of waiver for cause.
16 An applicant for whom the sixty-credit requirement is waived as provided
17 in this subdivision, if hired, shall be appointed pursuant to this waiv-
18 er for a period not exceeding five years. Upon the filing of papers
19 evidencing the satisfaction of the sixty-credit requirement within such
20 five-year period and provided that such person otherwise qualifies for
21 regular appointment, such hiree shall become a permanent appointee of
22 the regular police force in the same manner and with the same rights and
23 entitlements as a hiree who fulfilled the sixty-credit requirement prior
24 to being hired. If at the conclusion of the five-year period provided
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 for in this subdivision the sixty-credit requirement remains unful-
2 filled, such appointment as a police officer shall terminate unless, at
3 the discretion of the commissioner: (1) such person is granted an exten-
4 sion of such appointment for a period set by the commissioner requiring
5 compliance with the sixty-credit requirement by the end date of such
6 extension; or (2) such five-year appointment is converted by the commis-
7 sioner to a permanent appointment. All provisions of law, of the city
8 charter, of local law, of this code and of rules and regulations that
9 are applicable to the employment and discipline of civil service employ-
10 ees and police officers, except as provided in this subdivision, shall
11 continue to apply to any persons hired in accordance with the provisions
12 of this subdivision. The commissioner of citywide administrative
13 services and the police commissioner may adopt rules and/or regulations
14 consistent with this subdivision to further effectuate its provisions.
15 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.