The NYPD is recruiting police officers. Applications are being accepted through Jan. 31 for testing scheduled to begin in mid-March. The starting salary is $42,500, climbing in increments to $85,292 after 5½ years. There is an annual uniform allowance, holiday pay and contributions by the city to welfare and annuity funds and city-paid health insurance. Incumbents also receive a 2.25-percent pay differential for neighborhood policing. There is no application fee.