Kolb Notes Need For State Corrections Officers

July 7, 2006

For the last twelve years, major crime in New York state has been on the decline. 2005 crime statistics indicate New York is outpacing the nation in crime reduction with declines in murder, aggravated assaults and property crime. However, this does not dispel a demand for Corrections Officers.

Officers to manage the daily operations of our state’s prison system are among the professions that are in high demand in New York. New York’s correctional system includes 69 state correctional facilities that house approximately 65,000 inmates. To maintain record levels of safety and security in these prisons, the New York State Department of Correctional Services has announced a competitive Civil Service exam scheduled for September 9th. The filing deadline to take the test is August 7th. I strongly encourage those who are looking for a career in the criminal justice field to consider taking the test.

The salaries for Correction Officers start at $34,329 a year for trainees. After successful completion of the one-year traineeship, a Corrections Officer can expect to see his/her salary increase to $41,348 per year.

For more information, you may contract Daniel F. Martuscello III, Director of Personnel at (518) 457-9887. Announcements for future examination dates and application forms can be downloaded at www.docs.state.ny.us. Exam packets are also available at all Department of Labor offices and New York state correctional facilities.

The state Department of Correctional Services is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all to apply. With the large number of correctional facilities in our region, many people can benefit from starting a new career close to home.

As always, please contact my office if you have questions, comments or concerns regarding this or other matters. I can be reached by mail at 607 West Washington St., Suite 2, Geneva, NY 14456, by e-mailing kolbb@assembly.state.ny.us, or by calling (315) 781-2030.