RENSSELAER COUNTY
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
Opportunities in the Public Service

EXAM NUMBER: 66-633
EXAM TITLE: CORRECTIONAL OFFICER
EXAM DATE: 4/16/2011
LAST FILING DATE: 3/29/2011


NON-REFUNDABLE $30.00 FILING FEE MUST ACCOMPANY EACH APPLICATION.

 

WHEN FILING FOR THIS EXAMINATION, YOU MUST USE THE APPLICATION  “FOR CORRECTIONS/LAW ENFORCEMENT POSITIONS ONLY”.    FILING FOR THIS EXAMINATION WITH ANY OTHER APPLICATION WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.

 

CORRECTIONAL OFFICER,   Rensselaer County.  The resulting eligible list will be used to fill vacancies as they occur.

SALARY:   $41,884.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSGraduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma.  Equivalency diploma must indicate date of issuance and the diploma number.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATIONSPossession of a valid New York State Driver’s License and must maintain such license throughout employment.

 

APPLICANTS FILING FOR THIS EXAMINATION MUST PROVIDE A COPY OF THEIR DRIVER’S LICENSE AT TIME OF FILING.  PHOTO IDENTIFICATION WILL BE REQUIRED AT TIME OF EXAMINATION.

 

NOTE:   By New York State Law, a Correctional Officer is a Peace officer and must be qualified to hold such office and must be a United States citizen.

 

QUALIFYING PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST:  Will be administered at a later date to candidates who have passed the written portion of the examination.  The physical agility test includes the following eight (8) elements:

1.       Stair Climb Test;                  5.  Obstacle Vault;

2.       Ladder Ascent;                  6.  Door Lock and Unlock;

3.       Suspended Dummy Raise            7.  Load and Unload;

4.       Body Transport Test            8.  Three Minute Step Test

A copy of the description of the physical agility test will be available upon request.

MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SCREENING EXAMINATIONS:  Candidates who achieve a passing score on the written test and the physical agility fitness test may be required by the appointing authority to participate in a medical exam, a visual acuity test and a psychological screening process.  If a candidate fails the medical exam, visual acuity test or the psychological screening, he/she will be disqualified and permanently removed from the civil service eligible list for this title.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS:  Each candidate will be subject to a through background investigation. Applicants may be required to authorize access to educational, financial, employment, criminal history, mental health records or other records. Conviction of a felony will bar appointment. Conviction of a misdemeanor or other offense, including repeated traffic offenses, are subject to evaluation and may bar appointment. At the discretion of the employing law enforcement agency candidates may be subject to additional screenings as a term and condition of employment, including but not limited to, fingerprinting and psychological testing. Drug testing is included in the required medical exam.  

 

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must have been legal residents of Rensselaer, Washington, Saratoga, Albany or Columbia County for at least four (4) months immediately preceding the date of examination. Preference in appointment may be given to successful candidates who have been legal residents of the appointing jurisdiction for at least four (4) months immediately preceding the date of examination.

MANDATORY TRAINING: Candidates will be required to participate in, and satisfactorily complete, all requirements of an approved training program.  As part of the program, you will attend the Correctional Officer Basic training, which includes Defensive Tactics Training approved by the New York State Commission of Corrections, Peace

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RENSSELAER COUNTY CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION

OPEN COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION: NO. 66-633 CORRECTIONAL OFFICER

EXAM DATE:  April 16, 2011

LAST FILING DATE: March 29, 2011

Officer training approved by the New York State Office of Public Safety, Weapons training ( 47 hour long firearms course) approved by the New York State Office of Public Safety.  Failure to maintain the required academic standing or to qualify with weapons will result in your employment being terminated. You must maintain firearms proficiency throughout your employment.

                                                                                                                       

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:

Performs guard duties at various locations of the jail, such as entrance and exits, receiving and detention  

  rooms, floors and galleries, barber shop and clinic rooms and elevators, while prisoners are on work detail;

Maintains security and discipline, makes regular inspection checking locking devices and punching clocks,

  makes counts and completes report sheets, keeps order and settles disturbances;

May escort inmates for interviews with attorneys, relatives and law enforcement agencies;

Performs clerical duties connected with the receiving, booking, searching and release of inmates, makes up

  records, accepts and records clothing and property, assigns clothing and cell block, makes out composite

  census reports, keeps records on inmates, receives and inspects legal papers for release of inmates,

  arranges for clothing and records for transfer of persons to court, penal institutions and hospitals;

May take fingerprints and photographs of prisoners.

SUBJECT OF EXAMINATION:  Written test will cover knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:

                        1.  Applying written information in a correctional services setting;

                        2.  Observing and recalling facts and information;

                        3.  Preparing written material;

                        4.  Understanding and interpreting written material.

USE OF CALCULATORS IS PROHIBITED FOR THIS EXAMINATION

THERE WILL BE NO RE-TEST OF ANY PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION.

 

 

 

A “Guide to the Written Test for the Entry-Level Correction Officer Series” will be sent to all approved candidates two (2) weeks before the test date. If you have not received a copy, please pick one up in the Civil Service Office at 1600 Seventh Avenue, Troy, New York, second floor.

YOU MAY OBTAIN AN EXPANDED DESCRIPTION OF THE EXAMINATION SUBTEST BY REQUESTING A COPY FROM THE CIVIL SERVICE OFFICE.

 

If you are filing to take another Civil Service Examination for any other Civil Service agency on the same day, please notify this office at time of filing of exam application.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION                                                               

1.       Each candidate must complete an application form and file it with the Rensselaer County Civil service Commission, County Office Building, 1600 – 7th Avenue, Troy, New York 12180.  Applications should be filed as soon as possible after the announcement of the examination.  When writing for applications, forms or information, SPECIFY BY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER AND TITLE of the position for which you wish to apply.  You may also obtain an application and examination announcement from the Rensselaer County website at www.rensco.comBE SURE EVERY QUESTION IS ANSWERED.  SUBMISSION OF A RESUME INSTEAD OF A COMPLETED APPLICATION IS UNACCEPTABLE.  AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION MAY BE DISAPPROVED.

2.        Accepted candidates will be notified when and where to appear for examination.  No one will be admitted to the examination without the official admission notice.  If an application is rejected, you will be notified in writing.  The Civil Service Commission does not make formal acknowledgment of receipt of an application.  Call the Civil Service Office if you have not received your notice three (3) days prior to the date of examination.

3.        Unless otherwise stated, all candidates are required to be legal residents of Rensselaer County for four (4) months immediately preceding the date of examination.  Appointing authorities may give preference to legal residents of their jurisdiction.  (Candidates who are not residents of Rensselaer County but live within the geographical boundaries of a governmental agency under the jurisdiction of the Rensselaer County Civil Service Commission will be considered residents for examinations held to fill positions in that governmental agency.)

4.        For purposes of claiming veterans credits on a Civil Service examination, an applicant must have received an honorable discharge and have served in the armed forces of the United States at any time during the following periods:

                December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946                               June 1, 1983 to December 1, 1987*

                June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955                                  October 23, 1983 to November 21, 1983

                December 22, 1961 to May 7, 1975                                    December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990*

                August 2, 1990 to end of such hostilities

         *Credit for Lebanon, Grenada and Panama will be limited to those who receive the armed forces expeditionary medal, the

            navy expeditionary medal or the Marine Corps expeditionary medal.

      Veterans wishing to claim additional credit on the examination must make claim when filing application.  All    

      veterans making application for additional credit must file a Photostat copy of their discharge papers with 

      applications.  A candidate who fails to establish, by appropriate documentary proof, his eligibility to receive

      additional credit by the time an eligible list is established, shall not, thereafter be granted additional credit on

      such eligible list.

      Effective January 1, 1998, the State constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armed forces 

      to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran’s credit in examination.  Any candidate who applies for such 

      credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit.  No credit may be granted after the

      establishment of the list.  It is the responsibility of the candidate to proved appropriate documentary proof

      indicating that the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of the Civil Service Law, and that the

      candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a

      score including veteran’s credits.

5.        In conformance with 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 (10) points in a competitive examination for original appointments in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served.  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 in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination.  A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two (2) months from application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility.  However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.

6.        This 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 dealing with the rating and review of examinations will apply.  VERIFICATION OF QUALIFICATIONS may be investigated and candidates may be called for an interview to determine whether they are qualified for appointment.   You may be required to take a medical examination to determine if you are medically and physically capable of performing the duties of the position.

7.        Eligible lists will be established in order of final rating for successful candidates and will be established for a period of four (4) years or until the establishment of an appropriate new list.

8.        NOTICE TO CANDIDATES:  Unless otherwise notified, candidates are permitted to use quiet,  hand-held solar or battery powered calculators.  Cell phone calculators are not permitted.  Devices with typewriter keyboards, spell-check, personal digital assistants, address books, language translators, dictionaries or any similar devices are prohibited.

9.        APPLICATION FEE:  A fee of $20.00 is required for each separately numbered examination for which you apply. Certain examinations will require a $30.00 filing fee.  The required exam fee must accompany your application.  Send check or money order payable to the Rensselaer County Civil Service Commission and write the examination number(s) on your check or money order.  DO NOT SEND CASH.  As no refund will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified.

10.     APPLICATION FEE WAIVER:  A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the 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 or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or local social service agency.  ALL CLAIMS FOR APPLICATION FEE WAIVER ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION.  If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, you must complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with your application by the close of business on the application deadline as listed on the Examination announcement.   You may obtain an Examination Fee Waiver Request and Certification Form from the Rensselaer County Civil Service Office.  An application for examination and/or a Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification WILL NOT be accepted after the last filing date of an examination.

11.     Religious Accommodations:  Most written tests are held on Saturdays.  If you cannot take the test on the announced test date due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the appropriate box  under “Religious Accommodations” on your application.   We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date.

RENSSELAER COUNTY CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.