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|POLICE OFFICER / DEPUTY SHERIFF (POLICE) - *Revised Dates|
|Date Published: 03/12/2020||Exam Date: 06/27/2020|
|Open Competitive Examination #: 61-625||Promotional Examination #: None|
|Application Deadline: 04/22/2020||Application Filing Fee (Non-Refundable): $35.00|
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED WITH THE ONONDAGA COUNTY PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
FOR THIS EXAMINATION, CANDIDATES MUST COMPLETE AN OPEN COMPETITIVE APPLICATION (FORM P200) AND A CRIMINAL RECORD SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE (FORM P202)
$35.00 Non-Refundable Application Fee You are, therefore, urged to carefully compare your qualifications with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified. Payable by check or money order to “Chief Fiscal Officer,” or by VISA, MC or Discover. Cash will be accepted only if paying in person.
SALARY AND VACANCIES:
City of Syracuse Police Department, $47,093-$70,163
Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department, $49,203-$70,038
Salaries vary in the Town and Village Police Departments
The resulting open competitive eligible list will be used to fill vacancies in any jurisdiction where the title exists. Changing conditions may make it necessary to certify for future vacancies at higher or lower salaries than those announced.
The Entry-Level Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff Examination Series scheduled for *June 27, 2020, was also held on September 14, 2019. This series may have included titles for Local Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Patrol Officer, Constable, etc. and also State titles for Environmental Conservation Officer, Forest Ranger, Park Patrol Officer or Trainee and University Police Officer. A candidate is permitted to take examinations in the Entry-Level Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff Examination Series on ONE of these dates, but not both.
Any candidate who participated in the Entry-Level Police Officer / Deputy Sheriff Examination Series on September 14, 2019, SHOULD NOT APPLY for the *June 27, 2020 examination administration. Candidates who took any examination in the September 14, 2019 administration of this series in any jurisdiction and apply to take the Onondaga County examination for Police Officer / Deputy Sheriff (Police) examination on *June 27, 2020 will be deemed ineligible for the *June 27th examination.
CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT PROGRAM: This is a combined continuous recruitment examination for entry-level law enforcement officer positions. The names of successful candidates will be inter-filed, in order of final score, to a Police Officer / Deputy Sheriff (Police) eligible list which will be used to fill present and anticipated vacancies for the title Deputy Sheriff (Police) in the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department and the title Police Officer in the City of Syracuse Police Department and in various Onondaga County Town and Village Police Departments. Candidates appointed or removed from the list as a result of canvass in one law enforcement agency will be removed from the list for further consideration in all law enforcement agencies. Candidates should be aware that because this is a continuous recruitment list, all results of canvass (i.e. declinations) will remain in effect indefinitely. Removals and restrictions to the eligible list may be withdrawn only through written notice to the Onondaga County Personnel Department. The Onondaga County Personnel Department reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program and establish the periodic type of examination in concurrence with the federal District Court Order.
DUTIES: This is law enforcement work involving responsibility to enforce federal and state laws and local ordinances and to maintain order in an assigned area. Under the general supervision of a superior officer, an employee in this class performs routine patrol duties on an assigned shift. Does related work as required.
RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT: OPEN COMPETITIVE examination candidates must have resided in the United States of America or one of its territories for not less than one (1) month immediately preceding the date of exam. Preference in appointment may be given to local residents. Appointments to positions in some municipalities are subject to residence requirements pursuant to local laws.
Residence At Time of Application:
Candidates must have resided in the United States of America or one of its territories for not less than one (1) month immediately preceding the date of exam.
Residence At Time of Appointment:
Police Officer (City of Syracuse, Towns and Villages) – Preference in appointment may be given to local residents of the appointing authority.
Deputy Sheriff (Police) - Candidates must be residents of Onondaga County of one of its contiguous counties (Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Oswego) at time of appointment. Preference in appointment may be given to local residents of the appointing authority.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: On the date of examination, candidates must meet the following requirements:
Age: Candidates must be at least 19 years and 6 months old on or before the written examination to be admitted to the test. Eligibility for appointment begins when candidates reach their 20th birthday. On April 26, 1999, Chapter 32 of the Laws of 1999 amended Section 58 of Civil Service Law to establish a maximum age limitation of 35 years of age as of the date the individual takes the written examination (eligibility ceases upon a candidates 35th birthday). Time spent on military duty, not exceeding a total of six (6) years (Volunteer service after July 1, 1970 is limited to a total of four (4) years unless performed during a period of war or national emergency), shall be subtracted from the age of any applicant who has passed his/her 35th birthday.
Section 58.1(a) of Civil Service Law requires that applicants not be “more than 35 years of age as of the date the individual takes the written examination…” Candidates who may be impacted by the maximum age requirement and who are requesting an alternate test date (for active military duty, Sabbath Observance or for an alternate test date situation which meets the conditions of the Onondaga County’s alternate test date policy) are advised to contact Onondaga County Personnel to discuss their request.
At time of appointment Candidates must meet the following requirements:
Education: Candidates must be high school graduates or holders of a high school equivalency diploma issued by an education department of any of the states of the United States or holders of a comparable diploma issued by any territory, commonwealth, or possession of the United States or by the Canal Zone or holders of a report from the United States Armed Forces certifying successful completion of the tests related to general education development, high school level at time of appointment.
Citizenship: Candidates must be citizens of the United States at time of appointment.
License: Possession of a valid New York State driver's license at time of appointment.
Physical: Candidates must meet the prescribed general physical and medical conditions as stated in the Municipal Police Training Council standards.
Psychological: Psychiatric and Polygraph examinations may be required of any successful candidate prior to appointment.
Moral Character: Candidates must be of a good moral character with no conviction of a felony. Conviction of a misdemeanor or other offense including traffic violation may bar appointment.
SUBJECT OF EXAMINATION: This examination will consist of a qualifying weighted written test, and a qualifying physical agility test (held at a later date). Only candidates who pass both parts of the test will be considered for appointment. The written test will be designed to test for knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the following areas:
1. SITUATIONAL JUDGMENT – These questions test for the ability to identify appropriate and effective responses to work-related challenges. You will be presented with scenarios that reflect the types of challenges one could encounter in a work environment. Each scenario will be followed by several responses to the scenario. You must rate the effectiveness of each response.
2. LANGUAGE FLUENCY – These questions test for the ability to read, understand, and present a clear and accurate summary of information. For some questions, you will be given a brief reading passage followed by four statements, each summarizing the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given several sentences, one of which contains a spelling, grammatical, or punctuation error. You must then select the line that contains the error.
3. INFORMATION ORDERING AND LANGUAGE SEQUENCING – These questions test for the ability to properly identify the sequence or order of events, or to organize information to fit a timeline. You will be given a brief reading passage followed by one or more questions. You must identify the proper sequence of events in order to answer one or more questions.
4. PROBLEM SENSITIVITY AND REASONING – These questions test for the ability to apply information and to identify a problem or potential problem. For some questions, you will be given information in the form of policies, rules, regulations, laws, followed by a situation. You must then identify the problem and apply the information to select the best course of action to take. For other questions, you will be given a scenario and mock witness statements. You must use this information to answer one or more questions about the scenario.
5. SELECTIVE ATTENTION - These questions test for the ability to focus on completing a task and to pay attention to important details while performing repetitive and monotonous tasks. You will be presented with a series of letters, symbols, and/or numbers. You must select the choice that contains the series of letters, symbols, and/or number that matches exactly.
6. VISUALIZATION – These questions test for the ability to imagine how something will look when it is moved around or when its parts are changed, moved, or rearranged. You will be presented with an image of a face followed by four images of faces. Each face is disguised or altered in some way. Three of the images have a difference in facial structure or facial features. You must select the choice that contains the image with the identical facial structure and facial features.
7. SPATIAL ORIENTATION – These questions test for the ability to understand how to navigate within spaces or how to get from one point to another. You will be provided with a map followed by one or more questions. You must imagine yourself at a certain location and orient yourself to the direction you would move to get to another location in the shortest (least distance) route.
The rating key for this examination will be established by the New York State Civil Service Commission prior to the date of the test, upon recommendation of a committee of police experts who will review all the questions for appropriateness and the key answers for correctness. There will be no review of the questions by candidates. This committee was selected with the assistance and endorsement of the Police Conference of New York, Inc., the New York State Association of PBA's, Inc., the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc., and the NYS Sheriff’s Association.
TEST GUIDE: A Guide for the Written Test for the Entry-Level Law Enforcement Officer-Onondaga is available at the New York State website: http://www.cs.ny.gov/testing/testguides.cfm. Candidates not having access to a computer or the internet may request copy of the test guide from the municipal civil service office conducting this examination using the contact information found elsewhere on this announcement.
CALCULATORS: Unless otherwise notified, candidates are PROHIBITED to use quiet, hand-held, and solar or battery powered calculators. Devices with typewriter keyboards, `Spell Checkers,' `Personal Digital Assistants,' `Address Books,' `Language Translators,' `Dictionaries,' or any similar devices are prohibited. You may not bring books or other reference materials. You may not bring cellular phones, beepers, pagers, or headphones.
PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST STANDARDS:
Candidates passing the written portion of the examination will be required to pass a qualifying physical-agility fitness test. Candidates will receive notification of the physical agility within a week of written test results. Candidates must successfully complete a physical fitness-screening test (physical agility) designed to assess the underlying physiological capacity of a candidate to learn and perform the essential job functions of an entry level Police Officer. The standards for this portion of this examination were established by the MPTC (Municipal Police Training Council) on February 1999 and revised on March 2006, and contain the following test elements: Bent-leg sit-ups, push-ups, and 1.5 mile run. Candidates are advised to assess their ability to qualify in the elements of the test battery. Our department strongly recommends that you have your physician review the test elements described below and certify that you are physically capable of participating in the physical fitness-screening test. Since the physical agility fitness test is qualifying (pass/fail), if you pass, your final score for the exam will be the score that you achieve on the written test.
Sit up Muscular Endurance - The score indicated below is the number of bent-leg sit-ups performed in one minute.
Push-up Muscular Endurance (Upper Body) – The score below is the number of full body repetitions that a candidate must complete without breaks.
1.5 Mile Run Cardiovascular Capacity - The (time) score indicated below is calculated in minutes:seconds.
AGE . . . . . . . . . . SIT-UP. . . . . . . . . . PUSH-UP . . . . . . . .1.5 MI RUN
20-29 . . . . . . . . . . 38 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 . . . . . . . . . . . 12:38
30-39 . . . . . . . . . . 35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 . . . . . . . . . . . 12:58
40-49 . . . . . . . . . . 29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 . . . . . . . . . . . 13:50
AGE . . . . . . . . . . SIT-UP. . . . . . . . . . PUSH-UP . . . . . . . . 1.5 MI RUN
20-29 . . . . . . . . . . 32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 . . . . . . . . . . . 14:50
30-39 . . . . . . . . . . 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 . . . . . . . . . . . 15:43
40-49 . . . . . . . . . . 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 . . . . . . . . . . . 16:31
**Physical Fitness Waiver Policy: At time of certification for appointment, candidates may be waived from having to participate in the physical fitness screening test (physical agility) if, within the last 4 (four) years, they have previously passed the physical agility administered by the following agencies:
1) Onondaga County Personnel Department; or,
2) Any local municipal civil service agency within the State of New York; or,
3) Completion of physical training through a NYS registered college Police Academy program (subject to verification).
Documentation that supports that a candidate has passed the physical agility and that it was administered according to the standards established by the MPTC (Municipal Police Training Council) must be submitted to the Onondaga County Personnel Department prior to certification for appointment.
Physical Fitness Retest Policy: Candidates who have failed the physical fitness test will be removed from the active eligible list and he/she will be ineligible for further consideration from any current eligible list certification. Candidates may schedule a retest, for a fee, by contacting the Health and Fitness Director at the YMCA of Greater Syracuse, 474-6851. Upon completion of the retest, the YMCA will notify the Onondaga County Personnel Department of the results of the test and the names of successful candidates will be returned to active status on the eligible list for consideration for any future vacancies.
MEDICAL STANDARDS: Upon receipt of a conditional offer of employment from a police agency, candidates will be scheduled for a medical review to evaluate whether he/she can, with or without reasonable accommodation, perform the essential functions of an entry level police officer. Physical agility and medical standards are prescribed by the Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC) and are available at the Onondaga County Department of Personnel or online at www.ongov.net/employment/document_center/.
Medical Review Waiver Policy: At time of a conditional offer of employment from a police agency, candidates who have previously passed the medical review, administered by the Onondaga County Personnel Department, within 1 (one) year may be waived from having to participate in the medical review.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applications and credit card payment forms may be obtained in person from the Onondaga County Department of Personnel, by mail (include a self-addressed, stamped envelope) or downloaded at www.ongov.net/employment/document_center
APPLICATION FEE: Although a separate application is required for each examination number, candidates applying for more than one examination may pay all fees with a single check/money order or credit card form. You may pay by check, money order or by VISA, MasterCard, or Discover, payable to “Chief Fiscal Officer”. Cash will be accepted only if paying in person. Payment must accompany your application(s) (indicate examination number(s) on your check or money order). We do not accept applications by fax.
APPLICATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. You are, therefore, urged to carefully compare your qualifications with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified. If proofs (i.e. copy of license, certification, or transcript) are required, be sure that they accompany your application. If you want “Proof That You Submitted Your Application and/or Examination Fee”, ask for a receipt or, if mailing your application, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope and request a receipt.
NOTE: A bounced check fee will be charged to you for any checks returned. Unless such fees are paid in full, you will not be permitted to participate in any examination(s) or be considered for appointment from resultant eligible lists. In addition, any subsequent application fees will not be refunded unless all such fees are paid in full.
FEE WAIVER: A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for support of a household. In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income payments (SSI); or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family Assistance of Safety Net Assistance); or are receiving Foster Care or are certified Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or local service agency. A waiver of application fee will also be allowed if you are an Onondaga County resident and have honorably served or are now honorably serving in the Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserves (attach DD-214, NGB-22, or current DD2-Military ID card or a Statement of Honorable Service from Unit to completed “Application Fee Waiver Request and Certification” form). All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification. If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete an “Application Fee Waiver Request and Certification” form and submit it with your application. Application Fee Waiver Request and Certification forms are available in person from the Onondaga County Department of Personnel or downloaded at www.ongov.net/employment/document_center.
ADDITIONAL CREDIT TO CHILDREN OF FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY:
If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination.
VETERAN CREDITS: War veterans applying for additional credit must submit a copy of their DD-214 (discharge papers) with their application for examination or by one month following the date of examination. Veteran’s Credit Instructions and Application Forms are available in person from the Onondaga County Department of Personnel or downloaded at www.ongov.net/employment/document_center.
APPLICATION DEADLINE POLICY: All applications along with application fees or proofs of waiver must be submitted to the Onondaga County Department of Personnel before the close of business at 4:30 p.m. on the date of last file as listed on the Examination announcement. Applications received via U.S. Mail will be accepted only if postmarked on or before the Application Deadline. Applications that are received through inter-office mail after the Application Deadline or that are submitted to any other department, office or agency and are not received in the Department of Personnel by the Application Deadline will not be accepted.
MILITARY APPLICANTS: In accordance with Section 243 of Military Law, military personnel serving on active duty in the armed forces of the United States during the filing period may be permitted to file an application for the examination after the application deadline date, but prior to the scheduled date of the examination. Contact the Onondaga County Personnel Department at (315)435-3537 for further information.
EXAM NOTICE: Candidates found eligible will be notified when and where to appear for examination. If you have not received notice of the examination location three (3) days prior to the examination, contact the Examination Unit at 435-3537. If an application is disapproved, due notice will be sent. Reasons for disapproval may be discussed with the reviewer.
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SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: If you desire accommodation at the exam site due to disability, please indicate the disability and desired conditions necessary to accommodate your disability on the application or on a separate paper attached firmly to your application. Candidates requesting an accommodation are required to furnish documentation of the disabling condition prior to the examination date. The accommodation required must be stated on the application for examination and the documentation must be forwarded at least 2 weeks prior to the exam date.
RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION: Applicants whose religious beliefs prevent them from taking examinations on the scheduled date should indicate the need for special arrangements on their application.
EXAM RATING: When the written examination is prepared and rated by the New York State Department of Civil Service in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law, the provision of the New York State Civil Service Rules and Regulations will apply.
ELIGIBLE LIST: Eligible lists are established, on average, within three months after the examination date. In accordance with the New York State Civil Service Law, an eligible list must remain in existence for one year from the date of its establishment. When the eligible list is established you will be able to view the current eligible list and your status on-line by going to our website at Civil Service Exam Test Results www.ongov.net/employment/ranking
CANDIDATE FITNESS: Inquires may be made as to character and ability of all candidates. All statements made by candidates are subject to verification. Falsification of any part of the “Application for Employment” may result in disqualification and possible legal action.
MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS SCHEDULED FOR THE SAME DAY: If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions no later than two weeks before the test date, so they can make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All examinations for positions in State government will be held at a State examination center.
Onondaga County Cross Filer Notification Forms are available in our office or online at www.ongov.net/Employment/document_center. Send completed form to Onondaga County Dept. of Personnel, 421 Montgomery St 13th Fl, Syracuse NY 13202 OR FAX 315-435-8272 OR call 315-435-3537.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Onondaga County Personnel Department in writing of any change in address. Address change forms are available in the Personnel Department during normal office hours or online at www.ongov.net/employment/document_center
MILITARY MAKE-UP EXAMINATION: Any member of the armed forces of the United States who has filed an application to compete in a scheduled competitive examination but is deprived of the opportunity to compete in the examination due to ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY can be provided with a special military make-up examination upon written request to the Onondaga County Personnel Department. The applicant must submit a copy of military orders, DD214, or other official military document that substantiates active military service at the time of the examination. Request must be no later than sixty (60) days after release from active duty.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT DRUG TESTING / BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: May be required for appointment or promotion.
SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENT: Candidates for appointment or promotion to positions in Onondaga County government which require the operation of motor vehicles must, at the time of appointment, possess an appropriate NY State driver’s license and a dependable personal vehicle or must have reasonable access to private/public transportation.