Thiele: Long Island Residents Looking For Rewarding Career Should Take Correction Officer Exam

January 18, 2007
Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (R,I,C-Sag Harbor) informs Suffolk County residents that the state Department of Correctional Services will hold a competitive Civil Service examination throughout the state on April 14. The filing deadline for the exam is February 26.

“This is a great opportunity for Long Island residents who are looking for a rewarding career with the New York State Department of Correctional Services,” said Thiele. “I hope interested residents will take advantage of this great opportunity to become a New York State Correction Officer.”

The starting annual salary for an officer trainee is $34,329. Upon successful completion of an eight-week training program and a one-year probationary period, the annual salary increases to $41,348. Officers are also eligible for a comprehensive health insurance program, benefits package and retirement program.

To take this comprehensive written exam, individuals must be in good physical and mental health, notes Thiele. At the time of appointment, candidates must be a U.S. citizen at least 21 years of age, a New York state resident, and possess either a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED).

A prior felony conviction automatically disqualifies applicants, while candidates with misdemeanor convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

To qualify for consideration, applicants must score at least 70 on the written exam, results of which are ranked according to score. Applicants then undergo a background, medical, physical and psychological check before appointment to the training academy. Training is then followed by three weeks of on-the-job experience.

Thiele adds that applications are available at www.docs.state.ny.us and at all state Department of Labor offices and New York state correctional facilities.