Institution Safety Officer

Grade 09

New York State has approximately 71 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in Corrections and Community Supervision. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

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Summary of Job Description

As an Institution Safety Officer, you would be responsible for the safety and security at state institutions and other offices operated and/or staffed by state employees, by performing security checks on the grounds and within the buildings. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following: search and frisk visitors; perform visual inspections of visitors' property; search visitors using a walk through and/or hand held metal detector; confiscate contraband or illegal items, including drugs, weapons, or other items not permitted in or on the grounds of state owned property; ensure that parolees do not submit counterfeit samples for urinalysis, collect samples from parolees, and package samples for testing; and take digital photos of parolees to ensure that an up-to-date photo is on file. You would be required to interact with visitors and give directions in order to ensure compliance with safety protocols and provide assistance during emergency situations. Institution Safety Officers may also be required to process and/or prepare written reports, and testify at court or administrative hearings, if necessary.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

On or before the examination date, you must have:

Either 1. one year of security guard experience gained while registered as a Security Guard with the New York State Department of State;*

Or 2. one year of experience as a police officer or peace officer;

Or 3. one year of active U.S. military service where you performed security duties on a United States military base or vessel and an honorable discharge or under conditions in the NYS Restoration of Honor Act. Security duties must have been performed while working as military police or as security personnel performing foot and motorized patrol, control of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, flight line security, crime prevention and/or physical security.

*Applicants must include their Security Guard registration number if qualifying under #1 above.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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