New York State Department of Civil Service Announces Examinations Open to All Qualified Individuals
Safety and Security Officer Trainee
- Written Test To Be Held
- February 9, 2008
- Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
- December 24, 2007
|Exam Number||Exam Title||Salary||Salary Grade||Fee|
|24-823||Safety and Security Officer Trainee||$26,011||Equated to G-9||$20|
|24-824||Safety and Security Officer Trainee (Spanish Language)||$26,011||Equated to G-9|
At the successful completion of your one-year traineeship, including Academy Training, you will be advanced to the full journey level, salary grade 12 ($30,902), without further examination.
Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $1,200 annual downstate adjustment.
On or before February 9, 2008, you must have a high school or high school equivalency diploma issued from an accredited public or private school recognized by the New York State Education Department. Diplomas issued through a home study course and not by an appropriate educational authority are not acceptable.
After you pass the written examination, you must meet the "qualifications for appointment" listed below.
Qualifications for Appointment
- Physical/Medical Requirements: Your physical and medical condition will be evaluated to ensure that you are able to satisfactorily perform the essential duties of this position to which you are seeking appointment with or without reasonable accommodation. The medical examination will be required upon a conditional offer of appointment. You are responsible for payments of the clinical laboratory test fees. To obtain a complete statement of the physical and medical standards, and/or Requirements for the Qualifying Physical Fitness Test, write to the Medical Review Unit, New York State Department of Civil Service, 55 Mohawk Street, Suite 201, Cohoes, NY 12047.
- License Requirement: At the time of appointment and as a condition for continued employment, you must have a driver's license valid in New York State. Conditional licenses are not acceptable.
- Peace Officer Status: In addition, Safety and Security Officers have peace officer status while on the job (Mental Hygiene Law, Section 7.25 and 13.25; Public Health Law, Section 455; and Criminal Procedure Law, Section 2.10). As such, Safety and Security Officers must meet the qualifications for appointment to public office as noted below:
- Background Investigation: If you pass the written test and are considered for appointment, there will be a thorough background investigation to determine your suitability for appointment as a Safety and Security Officer. Conviction of a felony, misdemeanor, or other violation of law may bar you from appointment. You will be required to pay a fee for State and federal records checks, which include fingerprinting. You may be required to pay a fee to the New York State Child Abuse Registry to determine suitability.
- New York State Child Abuse Registry: You may also be required to be cleared through the New York State Child Abuse Registry.
- Minimum Age Requirement: At the time of appointment, you must have reached your 18th birthday.
- New York State Residency and United States Citizenship: New York State residence is not required to take the examination. However, at the time of appointment you must be a resident of New York State and a citizen of the United States. Employment requires that you maintain your residency in New York State.
As a Safety and Security Officer Trainee, you would be required to satisfactorily complete a comprehensive one year training program. During this period, you would be trained to protect persons 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 your traineeship, you might 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, you would utilize computers, cameras, fingerprinting equipment, and complex alarm systems; operate emergency vehicles; and transport staff and patients on and off premises. You would complete incident and other written reports, may testify in court or at other hearings, and conduct basic fire and safety training to other employees. In addition, prior to the end of your traineeship, you would be required to satisfactorily complete Academy Training mandated by the Municipal Police Training Council, as well as any other training mandated by law, rules, and/or regulations.
These State-wide positions exist in facilities of the Office of Mental Health, Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and the Department of Health.
Subject of Examination
There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:
- Applying written information in a safety and security setting - These questions evaluate your ability to read, interpret, and apply rules, regulations, directives, written narratives, and other related material. You will be required to read a set of information and to appropriately apply the information to situations similar to those typically experienced in a public safety and security service setting. All information needed to answer the questions is contained in the rules, regulations, etc., which are cited.
- Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.
- Understanding and interpreting written material - These questions test how well you comprehend written material. You will be provided with brief reading selections and will be asked questions about the selections. All the information required to answer the questions will be presented in the selections; you will not be required to have any special knowledge relating to the subject areas of the selections.
- Understanding and interpreting graphs, charts, tables, and diagrams, and following written instructions - These questions are designed to test a candidate's ability to understand information that is presented in graphs or tables and to follow written directions. You will be given questions that cover such areas as graphs, charts, tables, diagrams, and operating instructions for devices. You must locate information on these charts, tables, or diagrams, or follow instructions for operating devices in order to answer the questions. All information required to answer a question is provided. Specialized knowledge of the subject matter is not required to answer the questions successfully.
Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.
If you pass the examination for No. 24-824 Safety and Security Officer Trainee (Spanish Language), you will be required to demonstrate your Spanish language proficiency at a level that will ensure your ability to perform properly the duties of the position. Only enough candidates to fill current vacancies will be called to the proficiency test.
How To Apply
New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.
Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.
Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under “Religious Accommodation.” We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).
Reasonable Accommodations in Testing
In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to enjoy equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their applications. Further information is available from the Special Arrangements Unit of the Department of Civil Service at 518-457-2487 [press 2, then press 2] in the Albany area, toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 2], or via TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) at 518-457-8480.
Admission to Examination
Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1].
Multiple Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day
With the exception of written tests announced by New York City, if you have applied to take a written test announced by a local jurisdiction (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1], no later than two weeks before the test date, to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the state examination center.
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