·         LAST FILING DATE:         DECEMBER 18, 2023                                             

·         WRITTEN TEST DATE:    JANUARY 20, 2024  

·         STARTING SALARY $49,655*          

*Base salary $39,086 (per 2019 contract hiring at Step 3)               

        ($49,655 includes line-up, shift differential, holiday and cleaning allowance)



Salary for 3rd year $64,475**                   

Salary for 5th year $79,842**                   

Salary for 12th year $124,235**     

(**All without overtime)   






All statements made on the application may be verified and the backgrounds of successful candidates are subject to investigation by the appointing authority.




The application processing fee is $125. Application may be made via the internet at  www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Civil-Service.  Payment must be made by VISA or MasterCard credit card and there will be an additional convenience fee of $1.95.  An acknowledgement of receipt of application will be sent to all internet applicants via e-mail. A separate application and processing fee are required for each examination (identified by examination number) for which you are applying.  The application processing fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. 


The application processing fee may be waived for Suffolk County residents who are veterans, active duty military, members of the reserves or National Guard, auxiliary police, firefighters, members in good standing of a local fire district or ambulance company, members of a Volunteer Fire Department or Volunteer Emergency Medical Services Agency Explorers programs, volunteer CERT members and members of the Suffolk County Police Explorers program. The fee may also be waived if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household and for recipients of Medicaid, SSI, Public Assistance or those in a training program under the Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act administered by a state or local social service agency. Applicants should complete the “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form online. All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification.




The eligible list for this title will be used to fill future vacancies in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office.




Benefits include a competitive salary, pension eligibility after 25 years regardless of age, life insurance, no cost issued uniforms and equipment, deferred compensation plan, promotional opportunities, first year accruals include 10 vacation days, 5 personal days and 13 sick days. The following benefits are available after three months - medical, prescription, dental and optical.


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Directs and supervises inmates and maintains order and security at Suffolk County correctional facilities. Responsible for maintaining the custody, safety and well-being of prisoners by enforcing laws, rules and regulations to prevent disturbances, assaults and escapes.  Correction Officers are designated by New York State law as peace officers and may be required to carry firearms in the performance of certain duties.  Does related work as required.




Graduation from a standard senior high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma by the date of appointment. 


Necessary Special Requirements:  After appointment, the incumbent will be required to obtain a Peace Officer Training Certificate recognized by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council.  Possession of a valid New York State driver’s license at the time of appointment; appointees must maintain a valid license throughout their employment in this title.


Special Age Requirement:  The minimum age to participate in this examination is 20 years and 6 months by the date of the written test.  Pursuant to Section 54 of the Civil Service Law, applicants who are within six months of the minimum age will be permitted into the competition.  Therefore, candidates 20 years of age and older will meet the age requirement.  Candidates shall not be considered for appointment until they reach their 21st birthday.


Residence Requirement:  In accordance with the provisions of Section 23 of the New York State Civil Service Law, the Civil Service Department will give preference in certification to legal residents of Suffolk County.  To be deemed a legal resident of Suffolk County for the purpose of being granted preference as such, a candidate must have been a legal resident at the time of certification and for at least 90 calendar days prior thereto.


Citizenship Requirement:  Candidates must be a United States citizen at the time of appointment.


Note:  Pursuant to the provisions of Section 217A of the County Law, candidates who have been convicted of a felony will be barred from appointment and candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor may be barred from employment.




The examination for this position will consist of four parts: 


I.          The written test will cover knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:

            1.         Preparing written material;

            2.         Understanding and interpreting written material;

            3.         Preparing and maintaining records;

            4.         Understanding and applying rules and regulations related to the security and control of correctional inmates.


Those candidates who receive passing grades on the written test will be called for the qualifying medical/physical and personality/psychological evaluations and physical fitness-screening test as the needs of the service require.


II.        Medical/Physical Evaluation (See page 4):  Candidates will be required to meet the medical/physical standards for Correction Officer I as prescribed by Suffolk County.  Candidates who successfully meet the standards may be required to be re-evaluated at intervals prescribed by the Suffolk County Office of Employee Health Services.


III.       Personality/Psychological Evaluation: Candidates who pass the written exam will be called for a qualifying personality/psychological evaluation as the needs of the service require.  This evaluation will consist of one or more written tests and an interview designed to assess the suitability of the candidates’ personality for the position of Correction Officer I.  This part of the exam will be administered during the workweek (Monday – Friday).


IV.       Physical Fitness Screening Test (See page 5)


Candidates must pass all portions of this examination to be eligible for appointment.  Rank on the eligible list will be determined by written test scores only, plus veterans’ credits if applicable.  Failure or failure to appear as scheduled for any of these tests or evaluations will result in the elimination of a candidate’s application from further consideration for purposes of this competition.




1.                  Should it become necessary to amend any part of this announcement, the Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service reserves the right to make such amendment on the Department’s web page without notification to applicants.  The most current copy of this announcement is available during the filing period at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Civil-Service.

2.                  Candidates who apply for this examination and who have not heard from the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service by January 17, 2024 are advised to contact the Department before the written test date at (631) 853-5500.

3.                  You can view your room assignment and exam site on our home page at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Civil-Service under “Candidate Exam Room Assignment Search” seven days prior to the examination date.




DATE PREPARED:  September 15, 2023




1.                  Application may be made using the Suffolk County Application for Employment (Form CS-205LE).  Applicants may complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with Form CS-205LE.

2.                  Unless otherwise stated, candidates must meet the minimum qualifications by the date of the written test, or last filing date in the case of training and experience evaluations.  Unless otherwise stated part-time experience will be pro-rated.

3.                  Candidates found ineligible to compete in the written examination may appeal to the Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service for reconsideration prior to the written test date appearing on this announcement.  Appeals received on or after the announced written test date will not be considered.

4.                  Candidates who fail the examination, or who fail to appear for the examination as scheduled, will be eliminated from further consideration for purposes of this competition.  Unless otherwise specified, the final rank order of the eligible list will be determined on the basis of the score received on the written test, plus veterans’ credits where appropriate.

5.                  Eligible applicants will be notified when and where to appear for examination.  If an application is rejected, due notice will be sent.

6.                  Unless specifically prohibited by the examination instructions, candidates are permitted to use quiet, hand-held, solar or battery-powered calculators.  Devices with typewriter keyboards, spell-checker, personal digital assistant, address books, language translators, dictionaries and any similar devices are prohibited.

7.                  When the examination is prepared and rated by the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service, the provisions of the Suffolk County Civil Service Rules dealing with the rating of examination will apply.  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 provisions of the New York State Civil Service Rules and Regulations which deal with the rating of examination will apply.

8.                  The eligible list established as a result of this examination will remain in force for at least one year and may be extended by the Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service for a maximum of four years.  Changing conditions may make it necessary to certify to future vacancies at higher or lower salaries than those announced.

9.                  Information regarding eligibility for veterans’ credits appears on the open-competitive application form.

10.              Pursuant to Section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points added to a passing score attained in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent served.  If you are qualified to participate in this examination, and you are the child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty, please so notify us in writing when you submit your application for examination.  A candidate claiming such credit must submit appropriate documentation to verify eligibility to receive these additional credits before the eligible list is established.  No additional credits will be granted after the eligible list is established.

11.              Inquiries may be made as to character and ability and all statements made by candidates are subject to verification.  Some employers may require the candidate to be fingerprinted and to pass a background investigation.

12.              Candidates must be medically, physically and psychologically capable of performing the duties of the job.  Candidates who are appointed to positions in the Suffolk County service may be required to pass qualifying medical and/or physical and/or psychological evaluations.

13.              Residency is not required for taking any examinations.  However, some jurisdictions, such as schools, libraries, etc., give hiring preference to residents.  Some towns also require employees to establish residency within the township.  For employment in a Suffolk County Department, with only limited exceptions set forth in Suffolk County Law, residency within Suffolk County is required within five years of employment with the county.  In any case in which residency preference is given, the appointee(s) must meet a specific residency standard as defined in the Civil Service Rules.

14.              Saturday Sabbath Observers and handicapped persons:  If special arrangements for testing are required, indicate this on your application.

15.              No smoking is permitted in the building or on the grounds of the examination site.

16.              If you will be on active military duty with the armed forces of the United States on the date of this test, please contact the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service before the last filing date appearing on this announcement for alternate test date information.

17.              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.  If you have any questions, please call the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service at (631) 853-5500.

18.              For information regarding a weather-related cancellation of this examination, please refer to our website at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Civil-Service and click on the “Weather Related Exam Cancellations” link.  Civil Service Announcements are shown at the bottom of that page.  Also check  News 12 Long Island for notice of cancellation of this examination:  NEWS 12 LONG ISLAND, TV CHANNEL 12 or at their website:  www.news12.com.


Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service

725 Veterans Memorial Hwy.

William J. Lindsay County Complex, Bldg. # 158

P.O. Box 6100

Hauppauge, NY  11788-0099

Phone:  (631) 853-5500








These standards are subject to change during the life of the eligible list without notice to candidates.


Eyes: Acuity Vision – The minimum acceptable standard of visual acuity uncorrected with each eye tested separately shall be no worse than 20/100 in each eye.  Corrected shall be no worse than 20/30 in each eye.  Left and right lateral (horizontal) field of vision shall be no worse than 85 degrees in each direction to provide a binocular horizontal field of vision of at least 170 degrees.  Determination is to be made without correction.


 Eyes:  Color Vision - Perception of color is deemed acceptable if the candidate reads at least nine (9) or more of the first thirteen (13) plates of the 24-plate edition of the Ishihara Test.  If the candidate's color perception is deemed unacceptable through the use of said test and he/she believes the results to be incorrect, such an individual may at his/her own expense can take the Farnsworth-Munsell 100-Hue Test as prescribed by the Municipal Police Training Council and only at facilities designated to perform this test. The use of any lens by a candidate in order to meet the color perception standard is not acceptable.


Eyes: Depth Perception – Depth perception shall be sufficient to demonstrate normal stereo depth perception to the correctable standard of 80 ARC seconds.


Ears and Hearing - A hearing loss in either ear of more than 25 DB in the 500, 1000, and 2000 Hz range or a loss of more than 30 DB in the 3000 Hz range is considered disqualifying. Abnormal testing results between 4000 and 6000 Hz will require further evaluation.  Hearing Aid Check -- Biological (HAC-B):  Use of hearing aids to achieve such standards are permitted as long as they are self-contained and fit within (auricular) or behind or over (post-auricular) the ear.  Candidates with hearing aids shall, at their own expense, provide evidence from a licensed audiologist, using functional gain or real ear measurements, that such aid(s) meet the stipulated manufacturer’s standards.  Any ear condition requires a case-by-case assessment to determine if it will affect the essential functions of the position.


Nose, Throat, Mouth - Any condition or symptom will be assessed on a case-by case basis to determine the ability to perform the essential functions of the position such as loss of sense of smell, speech loss/defects, interference with proper fitting of a gas mask.


Peripheral Vascular and Heart - Candidates will be assessed on a case-by-case basis as to the control of any condition and the presence and severity of symptoms and complications to determine if the candidate is able to perform the essential functions of the position.  Resting blood pressure should be less than, or equal to, 140 mmHg systolic and 90 mmHg diastolic on three successive readings.


Respiratory - The respiratory system must be free of chronically disabling conditions that would interfere with the candidate's performance of required duties. 


Gastrointestinal - Any malignancies, disorders, and active symptoms will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine ability to perform job functions.


Endocrine & Metabolic - Candidates who have a condition or disorder that may affect job performance will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


Neurological Health - Candidates must be free of neurological disorders that may affect job performance.  Candidates with epilepsy or seizure disorders must provide evidence of one-year seizure free history prior to date of examination.


Musculoskeletal Health - Candidates must have no defect, deformities or disorders that may affect job performance.  Candidates are not acceptable if there is an impairment of more than one finger on either hand.  There should be no functional impairment of the thumb or index finger on either hand.  Any disease or injury of back, joints or muscles as revealed by physical examination that will interfere with the proper performance of duties will be considered potentially disqualifying.


Dermatological Health - Candidates must be free of skin condition that would lead to inability to perform the duties of the position.


Mental Health - Candidates must be free of mental illness, serious emotional disturbances or nervous disorders, alcoholism, drug dependence or abuse that would interfere with the performance of their duties.  Candidates will be evaluated through a psychological screening process.  Candidates may be screened for presence of drugs of abuse.


General Medical Statement - Candidates must be free of any medical and/or nervous condition, which would jeopardize the safety and health of the public and/or other employees. 




Physical Fitness Screening Test



SIT UP                       MUSCULAR ENDURANCE (Core Body) - The score indicated below is the number of bent-leg sit-ups performed in one (1) minute.


PUSH-UP                   MUSCULAR ENDURANCE (Upper Body) – The score indicated below is the number of full body repetitions that a candidate must complete without breaks.


1.5 MILE RUN         CARDIOVASCULAR CAPACITY - The score indicated below is calculated in minutes:seconds. The running surface may vary and the test may be conducted on either an indoor or outdoor track.








20 - 29




30 - 39




40 - 49




50 - 59









20 - 29




30 - 39




40 - 49




50 - 59











A candidate must successfully complete each of the three elements of the test battery at the minimum score as set forth above to be deemed to have successfully completed the physical fitness screening test.