Safety and Security Officer Trainee Jobs With State at $36,465

Journey-Level Post After 1-Year; Spanish-Language Posts Available

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The state is accepting applications through Jan. 15 for Safety and Security Officer Trainees to work within several agencies.

Trainees earn $36,465 during an initial one-year program before advancing to journey-level status.

Pay Differentials

Appointees who work in city or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $1,722 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $919 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

The positions exist within the Office of Mental Health, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Health.

Safety and Security Officer Trainees are required to satisfactorily complete a comprehensive one-year training program, during which they are trained to protect individuals and property, prevent and detect crime, conduct investigations, search for and eliminate contraband, and maintain peace and security in a state agency, facility or community residence.

While serving traineeships, they may be assigned on a fixed or rotating basis to mobile or foot patrol, dispatch desk post, fire post or fire and safety inspections. In these assignments, they use computers, cameras, fingerprinting equipment and complex alarm systems; operate emergency vehicles; and transport individuals and staff on and off premises.

Trainees complete incident and other written reports, testify in court or at other hearings, and conduct basic fire and safety training for other employees. In addition, prior to being advanced to the full journey-level, they would be required to satisfactorily complete Academy Training mandated by the Municipal Police Training Council and any other training mandated by law, rules and/or regulations.


On or before Feb. 29, 2020, applicants must have a high school or high school equivalency diploma.

Applicants will have their physical and medical conditions evaluated. Appointees may be required to undergo periodic medical examinations to reassess their ability to perform their duties.

In some agencies, the names of prospective employees will be checked against the Staff Exclusion List maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.

Candidates also will be investigated through a criminal background check and screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.

Applicants are responsible for payment of all required fees.

Appointees must have a valid driver’s license.

Safety and Security Officers have peace-officer status as authorized under state laws.

As such, they must meet the requirements for appointment to public office including state residency and citizenship. Residency is not required for the examination, but appointees must live in the state.

At the conclusion of the one-year traineeship and academy training, incumbents will be advanced to the full journey level, salary grade 12 ($42,740) without further examination.

The Exam

Applicants must pass a written test to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills and/or abilities in such areas as: Preparing written material; following mapped directions; and applying written information in a safety and security setting

A final passing score is 70 or higher. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime Veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to passing scores.

Complete information on the position and requirements can be found online at

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