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Russian cops of New York: how to become a policeman of the most famous department in the world

В NYPD about 35 thousand officers are serving. Today the profession of a policeman is one of the most demanded in the city.

ForumDaily tells about the success of the Russian-speaking police in New York and how to become an employee of the most famous department in the world.

Mikhail Belogorodsky: "Arguing with a policeman is like playing the lottery"

32-year-old Mikhail Belogorodsky, a native of Simferopol, moved with his family to the United States in 1995. In America, he became Michael. In the first years of the new life, Belogorodsky took up any work. The family needed help, the guy worked day and night, dreaming of becoming a policeman.

When Michael turned 15, he got a job as a seller in one of the Brooklyn shops. There he was noticed by the manager of a major medical institution in New York. The man liked the fact that a teenager does not just sell goods, but helps people find the right thing. So Mikhail Belogorodsky began to work in the medical center.

“I graduated from New Utrecht HS. Moreover, very good. For example, I scored 97 on a math test. I then tried to do everything. Wherever possible, I did my homework. But he also managed to walk with friends. I can't do without communication, ”says Misha, smiling.

After school, Belogorodsky entered a well-known educational institution - John Jay College of Criminal Justice. And then he became a student at the Police Academy. According to the distribution, Mikhail got to the 60th section, which is located in the famous Russian district of New York - Brighton Beach.

Mikhail Belogorodsky always wanted to be a policeman. Photos from the personal archive

Mikhail Belogorodsky always wanted to be a policeman. Photos from the personal archive

“Working at Brighton will be remembered for a lifetime. It is not easy to communicate with “ours”. They don't like the police. I have always tried to talk to a person, to convince him of the wrong act, and many people listened, ”says the policeman.

Michael admits that very rarely comes into conflict with people. One day, he heard a young man in Brighton Beach speak poorly of police officers.

“I remember that my partner and I were just having lunch, and, leaving the store, I hear this to myself ... This guy probably did not understand that I know Russian. I was so hungry that I didn't deal with it. But he could have arrested, because he behaved aggressively. In general, arguing with a policeman is like playing the lottery, ”Mikhail admits.

He worked for 11 for years as a police officer in New York. Now Belogorodsky works as a sergeant in the department for investigating complaints of corruption and administrative violations of police officers. Despite the tight schedule, Michael has time to engage in more and social work.

Russians have teamed up to help each other.

Mikhail Belogorodsky is the president of the Russian-speaking Police Association, which now has about 400 members in 10 states. The organization primarily provides social assistance. Police officers help each other to advance their careers.

“One Russian woman, 35 years old, was not admitted to the Police Academy because of a minor administrative violation. It was her dream, she has children, she tried very hard to enter. And we helped her. In such cases, we help many, and they listen to our opinion, ”says the President of the Association.

Members of the Association are engaged in educational activities. They hold seminars in schools, where they talk about safety rules and how to protect themselves in an emergency.

Mikhail Belogorodsky and New York Police Commissioner William Bratton. Photos from the personal archive

Mikhail Belogorodsky and New York Police Commissioner William Bratton. Photos from the personal archive

To become a member of the Association, a police officer needs to have Russian roots. The organization collects membership fees annually - only $ 25 per person. Often, Russian-speaking police officers arrange dinner parties for members of the Association.

“On June 10, we celebrated the 13th anniversary of the Association. The Chief General of the Department, James O'Neill, was visiting. We have many Russian businessmen who help us. But not everyone can become sponsors. For example, a lawyer who defends criminals cannot help us, ”says Belogorodsky.

"Welcome to the authorities": how to become a police officer

The work schedule of the New York police is quite stressful. In a week you need to work out 5 shifts for 8,5 hours. The salary in the evening and night hours at the police on 10% higher. After graduating from the Police Academy, each officer becomes an officer, then a sergeant, a lieutenant, and a captain. To get another promotion, you must pass additional tests and exams.

A novice police officer, as a rule, receives $ 50 thousand per year. And after 5 years of service, this amount is doubled and is approximately $ 100 thousands.

But getting into the ranks of the New York police is now almost impossible. Due to the large number of applicants, in May last year the Department suspended the recruitment of recruits. Signing up will be possible only in October 2016 of the year, and the dates can be shifted at any time.

6 steps to be taken by an applicant

1. General test

Only a US citizen with a college or university degree can become a police officer. Alternatively, two years of military service. The first step is to take a test that contains various questions for quick wits. You can find out information about the first test on the website

The results will be sent by mail within a month. But to be accepted to the Academy, you will need to spend about one and a half years. Therefore, if you know that you have a year before obtaining citizenship, feel free to take this first step.

2. Medical Commission

After passing the first test, you will receive an invitation to a medical exam - simply put, a medical board is waiting for you.

3. Exams

The next stage is a psychological examination, which consists of written and oral parts. First, in 8 hours, you need to answer 900 difficult questions that will help determine your behavior in emergency situations.

Then - an oral interview with a psychologist. For example, the examiner will ask you: have you witnessed a person's death and what was your reaction, have you been subjected to domestic violence? The interview will also include questions that relate to your attitude towards weapons.

New York police share their experiences in Israel. Photo: Shimon Briman

New York police share their experiences in Israel. Photo: Shimon Briman

4. inspection

After this stage, a police officer - an investigator is assigned to your case. He will carefully study your results, and then a decision will be made on the admission of this or that applicant to further tests.

5. Physical training

Two physical tests will help test a candidate's strength and endurance. Running first - you need to run 2,5 miles in no more than 12 minutes. There will also be obstacle course and shooting. After physical exertion, you will need to pass the shooting test. Not everyone can pass this exam on the first try, so every candidate has 5 attempts. Seasoned police officers advise: it is better to pass everything quickly in order to have time to submit documents to the Police Academy.

6. Study at the Police Academy

At the Police Academy, you will already begin to receive your first salary. The term of study is six months. During this time, you will be taught not only to properly handle weapons, but also read a course in psychology.

After graduating from the Academy, all graduates are divided into sections. From this point on, work begins at the New York Police Department.

The police provide free medical insurance, 27 paid vacation days per year. Once a year, each policeman receives from $ 6 to $ 10 thousands of so-called holiday bonuses. As for the pension, its size will depend on the length of service.

Zoya Golubeva: “I made the right choice and I don’t regret it at all”

Zoya Golubeva arrived in the United States from Minsk and became the first Russian-speaking woman in New York to receive the rank of police sergeant. Now Zoe is already a lieutenant.

“I work in Harlem, it's not the most prosperous area. I have a night shift that starts at 11 pm and ends at 8 am. We go to various crimes, ”says Zoya.

Murders, robberies, crimes related to domestic violence - all this for Lieutenant Golubeva is a routine job. Now 40 police officers work under her command. Zoya Golubev's salary is fine. Now she receives $ 120 thousand a year, and very soon she is expecting an increase by another $ 20 thousand. To achieve such success, the girl first entered the cadet class, and in 2002 she entered the Police Academy.

“Probably the hardest thing for me was to pass the physical test. Running - oh, it was very difficult. I remember that I ran well. But she immediately fell down and couldn't get up for several minutes, ”the lieutenant admits.

In the Police Academy, Zoya Golubeva showed good knowledge. Photo: from the personal archive

In the Police Academy, Zoya Golubeva showed good knowledge. Photo: from the personal archive

Zoya Golubeva recalls how she managed to neutralize the criminal who threatened to kill several people. It happened in Brooklyn.

“My partner and I went to the place. I saw a man with a knife shouting that he would stab people passing by. I decided to use a special electroshock pistol, which paralyzed the offender for several seconds, and we managed to arrest him, ”she says.

The schedule of day and night at Golubeva is painted by the minute. In the morning, after the night shift, she escorts the children to school: Zoe has two daughters and a little son. Then the lieutenant goes to bed for a couple of hours. After that prepares kids lunch and dinner. Meets them from school. She helps children do their homework and goes back to work.

“Time is sorely lacking, but still I'm happy. I advise all Russian-speaking residents of the city to try their hand at the police. I made the right choice and do not regret it a bit. I work in the best department, ”says Golubeva.

According to Zoe, in the New York police today there are about two hundred areas of activity to choose from. Someone becomes a lawyer, someone is looking for pedophiles, and someone is only interested in forensics. But it looks like the hardest and most dangerous job in the police is to be a patrolman.

“I'm not afraid to work. I have no fear. Probably because we are very well prepared for the service, and we know how to act in a given situation. Protecting people is my profession, which I am proud of, ”says Zoya.

"Medal of Honor"

Zoya Golubeva's colleague, a native of the Belarusian city of Bobruisk, Ruslan Timoshenko, was equally fearless. He died during the execution 9 years ago.

Ruslan Timoshenko. Photo: from the family archive of Tymoshenko / http: //

Ruslan Timoshenko. Photo: from the family archive of Tymoshenko /

Ruslana's family moved to the US in 1993 year. Then he was 9 years old. He studied well and after school entered the Polytechnic College to acquire an engineering degree. However, after some time, the young man suddenly changed his plans and declared: “Mom, I will be a policeman!”. Ruslan entered the Police Academy and began working in the department of New York.

“He rarely talked about his work. At the very beginning, he once told my mother and me that they twice tried to attack him with a knife in a dark entrance. The criminals were specially waiting for him. Tatyana and I were very worried then, insisted that Ruslan leave the police, ”said the policeman's father.

On July 9, 2007, patrolmen Russell Tymoshenko and Herman Yang were shot at point blank range in cold blood while checking a suspicious car in the Crown Heights district of Brooklyn. Yan survived, and Tymoshenko died from his injuries in the hospital five days later. He was only 23 years old. Ruslan Timoshenko was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

The young policeman’s killers were detained two days later. The court sentenced them to life imprisonment.

In honor of Ruslan, a street in Staten Island was named - Russel Timoshenko Way (55 Durant Av. Staten Island). In the same area of ​​New York, a football field is named in memory of a police officer. According to Tatyana Timoshenko, every year on July 9 at exactly 2.30 am Ruslan's relatives and close friends gather at the place of his death.

“We bring flowers and talk about Ruslana. I am grateful to all the guys who help us. And I know I can ask them anything. I am worried about the Russian police officers who are now working in the police. I worry the same way as I once did for Ruslan, ”said Tatiana Tymoshenko.

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