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Correction Officer Jobs With Suffolk County Starting at $42,073

Apply Through Sept. 29 For Nov. 13 Exams; Peace Officer Certification A Requirement

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Suffolk County is accepting applications for Correction Officers through Sept. 29 for tests for a written test scheduled for Nov. 13. The starting salary is $42,073. The fee is $125.

The Position

Correction Officers direct and supervise inmates and maintain order and security at the county's correctional facilities. They are responsible for maintaining the custody, safety and well-being of prisoners by enforcing laws, rules and regulations to prevent disturbances, assaults and escapes. They perform related work as required.

Correction Officers are designated by New York State law as peace officers and may be required to carry firearms in the performance of certain duties. 

Applicants must have graduated from high school or possess a high-school equivalency diploma by the date of appointment. 

Other Requirements

They must be 20 years old by the time of the written exam to take the test. Candidates will not be considered for appointment until they reach their 21st birthday.

After appointment, incumbents will be required to obtain a Peace Officer Training Certificate recognized by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council. They also must have a valid New York State driver’s license and maintain it for the duration of their employment. Candidates must be citizens at the time of appointment.

The eligible list for this title will be used to fill future vacancies in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office.

The examination consists of four parts.

A written test will cover knowledge, skills and/or abilities in such areas as: preparing written material; understanding and interpreting written material; preparing and maintaining records; and understanding and applying rules and regulations related to the security and control of correctional inmates.

What Comes Next

Those candidates who receive passing grades on the written test will be called for the qualifying medical/physical and personality/psychological evaluations and physical fitness-screening tests as the needs of the service require.

Those candidates who then successfully meet the standards may be required to be re-evaluated at intervals prescribed by the Suffolk County Office of Employee Health Services. 

The personality/psychological evaluation consists of one or more written tests and an interview designed to assess the suitability of the candidates’ personality for the position.

Must Pass Them All  

Candidates must pass all portions of this examination to be eligible for appointment. 

Rank on the eligible list will be determined by written test scores only, plus veterans’ credits if applicable.   

The Civil Service Department will give preference in certification to legal residents of Suffolk County. A candidate must have been a legal resident at the time of certification and for at least 90 calendar days prior thereto.

Candidates who have been convicted of a felony will be barred from appointment, and candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor may be barred from employment.

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