Special Officer Jobs With City Agencies Start at $32,426

U.S. Citizenship Required; Must Live in the City; Must Pass Written Test; Filing Fee is $47

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The city is holding exams for Special Officer through July. The minimum salary is $32,426 per year. The application fee is $47.

What the Job Involves

Special Officers perform work relating to physical security, safety, loss prevention and maintenance of order. Among other duties, they patrol designated areas of public buildings, other facilities and surrounding areas to maintain order, preserve the peace, and safeguard life and property against fire, vandalism and theft; give routine information to visitors and clients and direct them to the proper individuals and offices.

They discourage and eject loiterers and disorderly persons, and when appropriate arrest and issue summonses to law violators on premises; transport, escort and/or arrange for transport of persons in custody to police precincts and have arrests recorded on police blotter; restrain suspects using handcuffs; engage in hand-to-hand struggles to subdue a suspect resisting arrest; carry or wear heavy equipment and wearing a bullet-resistant vest.

Special Officers also prepare and transmit all necessary documents relating to arrests; testify in court on arrests; report security instances and unusual occurrences by telephone or radio and make subsequent written reports.

They provide assistance to the sick, injured, mentally and physically disabled, and call for ambulances and/or medical attention when necessary and complete and forward forms; assist in carrying an injured adult; make clock rounds as required; control traffic on grounds and/or premises; monitor and report unusual events from security systems as required; monitor and control access by the means of electronic security measures, such as closed-circuit television; operate hydraulic access devices; make written entries into location log book; and perform related work.

Special Officers work rotating tours or shifts, including nights, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.


By the time they are hired, appointees must reside in New York City, be United States citizens and at least 20 years old, and have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Would-be applicants who are educated outside the U.S. must have their education evaluated. Candidates with two years of employment with the city can live in Nassau, Westchester, Suffolk, Orange, Rockland or Putnam counties.

Proof of good character is a prerequisite to appointment and candidates must reveal arrests, convictions and pending charges, including material sealed, expunged or set aside, or juvenile delinquent or youthful offender adjudications. Appointees must satisfy and maintain training requirements. Candidates will be medically and psychologically assessed and must also pass a drug screening in order to be appointed. Appointees will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing for the duration of their employment.

Some assignments require the carrying of firearms. Appointees to those assignments must qualify and remain qualified for firearms usage and possession. The position is subject to investigation before appointment. Candidates must pay a $75 fingerprint-screening fee.


Candidates will be given a multiple-choice test. The exam will test written expression, memorization, problem sensitivity, deductive and inductive reasoning, information ordering capabilities, spatial orientation and visualization. A passing score is 70 percent.

Those candidates who pass the test will have their names placed in final-score order on an eligible list and given a list number. Those who meet all requirements and conditions will be considered for appointment when their names are reached on the eligible list.

Candidates will also be assessed for their physical and psychological suitability for the post

The application fee is $47. Complete information on qualifications, application requirements and procedures is available at www1.nyc.gov/site/dcas/employment/current-upcoming-exams.page. The exam number is 0300.

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