Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) today announced that the recruitment effort for the Department of Correctional Services has begun. A civil service examination will be held for the position of correction officer on October 18, 2008. The deadline for filing an application is September 2, 2008.
“There is always a need for individuals who want a fulfilling career in law enforcement or corrections,” stated Reilich. “The state Department of Correctional Services offers their employees a competitive salary and excellent benefits, while working in a challenging environment and providing them the opportunity to serve their communities.”
To qualify you must be 21 years or older, a U.S. citizen and a resident of New York, and possess a high school diploma or GED. Appointees must also have passed medical and psychological screenings, as well as a background investigation. Conviction for a felony automatically disqualifies anyone from becoming a correction officer. Misdemeanor convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine eligibility.
The starting salary for a correction officer trainee starts at $34,329. Examination forms can be downloaded at www.docs.state.ny.us or you can pick them up at all Department of Labor offices and all New York State correctional facilities. You may also call Assemblyman Reilich’s office at 225-4190 to receive information.