Westchester County and towns are accepting applications for Police Officer jobs, including for Spanish speakers, for tests scheduled for May 15 and May 16. Starting salaries vary according to the appointing authority. The application fee is $100. The deadline is March 29.
The resulting list will be used to fill vacancies as they occur in the county’s Department of Public Safety and in all county towns and villages as well as the cities of Peekskill and Rye. All candidates for examination must be legal residents of Westchester County at the time of examination and for at least one month prior.
Under supervision, the positions involve responsibility for the protection of lives and property and the enforcement of all laws and ordinances in the applicable jurisdiction. While the work consists primarily of routine patrol tasks and is performed under supervision of a higher-ranking officer, Police Officers are required to exercise sound, independent judgment by applying relevant laws, rules and regulations in the performance of their duties and in emergency situations.
They undergo rigorous classroom and on-the-job training to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to satisfactorily carry out their assignments. Incumbents must be able to. and must maintain, the ability to carry a firearm.
At the time of examination, candidates either must have graduated from a standard senior high school or possess a high-school equivalency diploma or a USAFI/GED.
There is no minimum age requirement to take the examination. But according to state law, Police Officer appointees must be at least 20 years old. Those who have not yet turned 20 will be restricted from appointment, but will become eligible at that age.
Candidates who reach their 35th birthday on or before the date of the written examination are not qualified except as follows: Candidates may have a period of military duty or terminal leave up to seven years, as defined in Section 243 (10a) of the Military Law, deducted from their age for purposes of determining whether they meet the age requirement.
Appointees must be citizens.
Candidates who achieve a passing score on the written test will be required to pass a qualifying physical-agility test established by the Municipal Police Training Council. Those who are offered the position of Police Officer will be required to meet the medical standards established by the MPTC, and a psychological screening examination will be required prior to appointment.
The Training Council’s Medical and Physical Fitness Standards are available at the Westchester County Department of Human Resources.
Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and a criminal-record search by the appointing authority. Felony convictions will bar appointment and misdemeanor convictions or other violations of law may bar examination and/or appointment. A person adjudicated as a youthful offender also may be disqualified. Because of the nature of this position, successful candidates will undergo a thorough investigative screening to determine suitability for appointment as a Police Officer.
Offers of employment as a Police Officer may also be contingent on participation in and passing of a substance-abuse test designated by the appointing authority.
For details on the positions, including the tests, and on how to apply, visit exams.westchestergov.com/webexam/PE/listOpenToAllExams.htm
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