New York State Department of Civil Service Announces Examinations Open to All Qualified Individuals
Warrant and Transfer Officer
- Written Test To Be Held
- September 29, 2007
- Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
- August 27, 2007
|Exam Number||Exam Title||Salary||Salary Grade||Fee|
|24-876||Warrant and Transfer Officer||$34,472||14||$30|
Salary increase expected upon completion of current contract negotiations
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 September 29, 2007, you must have one year of municipal, state, or federal law enforcement experience which includes the transportation, custody and/or care of individuals under the supervision of a criminal justice or mental hygiene facility. Your law enforcement experience must have been performed while in police officer or peace officer status.
These positions exist in the New York State Division of Parole.
If you pass the written test, you must also satisfy the following requirements at the time of appointment:
- You must be a high school graduate or have a high school equivalency diploma (issued by an appropriate State education authority). The diploma issued to the high school graduate must be 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.
- Warrant and Transfer Officers are public officers under state law. At appointment you must be a resident of New York State and at least 21 years old.
- Warrant and Transfer Officers are peace officers and must be qualified to hold such office in accordance with New York State law. U.S. citizenship is required.
- Background Investigation: Because of the nature of the position there is an investigative screening that may include a thorough character investigation. All convictions must be reported. Conviction of a felony will bar appointment. Conviction of a misdemeanor or any falsified or omitted information may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case is determined on its own merits and consistent with the applicable provisions of state and federal laws.
- Physical/Medical Requirements: Your physical and medical condition will be evaluated to ensure that you are able to satisfactorily perform the duties of this position with or without reasonable accommodation. The physical/medical standards include binocular visual acuity not less than 20/30 with or without correction (if correction is required, binocular visual acuity not less than 20/70 without correction); acceptable color perception; and satisfactory speech and hearing. You will also be tested for satisfactory physical strength and coordination. To obtain a complete statement of the physical and medical standards write to the Medical Review Unit, NYS Department of Civil Service, 55 Mohawk Street, Suite 201, Cohoes, NY 12047. A medical examination will be required prior to appointment, and you are responsible for payment of the clinical laboratory test fee. Appointees to this position may be required to undergo periodic medical examinations to reassess their ability to perform the essential duties of the position. Eligibles will be called to the physical/medical screening in score order as needed to fill existing and anticipated vacancies.
- Drug Testing: Prior to appointment, you will be required to participate in a drug screening test and are responsible for the clinical lab fee. Failure to meet the standards may result in your disqualification.
- Psychological Evaluation: Prior to appointment, you will be required to participate in a psychological evaluation to determine your fitness to perform the essential duties of the position. Failure to meet the standards set for this screening may result in disqualification.
- License Requirement: In the course of your employment, you will be required to transport parole violators in a state or personal vehicle. You must possess, at the time of appointment and continuously thereafter, a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State. Authorized travel will be reimbursed according to a fixed schedule.
- New York State residency is not required to take the written test, but is required to accept and continue employment.
- Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a pro-rated basis.
- 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.
- Evaluating information and evidence - These questions test for the ability to evaluate and draw conclusions from information and evidence. Each question consists of a set of facts and a conclusion based on the facts. The candidate must decide if the conclusion is warranted by the facts.
- 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.
As a Warrant and Transfer Officer, you would be responsible for the interstate and intrastate transfer and custody of parole violators. You may also give support services to parole officers consistent with your designation as a peace officer under the New York State Criminal Procedures Law. You may be required to make frequent out-of-state trips and may frequently work extended hours. You will be trained in the use of firearms and must successfully complete mandatory peace officer training.
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:
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.
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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