Opportunities in the Public Service

EXAM DATE: 6/1/2013



POLICE SERGEANT/DEPUTY SHERIFF SERGEANT, Rensselaer County. The resulting eligible list will be used to fill vacancies as they occur.

SALARY: $45,611. (Varies according to jurisdiction)

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. Appointments made to the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department are required to reside in Rensselaer County and must maintain residency in Rensselaer County throughout employment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (2) years of experience as a Police Officer or Deputy Sheriff.

NOTE: Any candidate for a permanent or contingent permanent appointment must have been appointed at one time a police officer from an eligible list established in accordance with merit and fitness, or must have previously served as a member of the New York State Police.


Directs the activities of police officers during an assigned shift;

Books prisoners and sees that correct charges are placed;

Keeps all records of persons arrested, detained or released on bond;

Transmits orders to officers personally or by telephone or radio;

Inspect police officers before they go on duty for compliance with departmental regulations;

Takes statements and affidavits from suspects and witnesses;

Reviews the daily reports submitted by officers;

Performs a variety of special assignments as directed by a superior officer.

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

1. Law enforcement methods and practices;

2. New York State Laws;

3. Supervision;

4. Understanding and interpreting written material;

5. Preparing written material in a police setting.


The final rating key for this examination will be established by the State Civil Service Commission prior to the testing

date, upon recommendation of a committee of police experts who will review all the questions for appropriateness

and accuracy. There will be no review of the questions by candidates. This committee was selected with the

assistance of, and endorsement by, the Police Conference of New York, Inc., the New York State Association of

Police Benevolent Associations, and the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc.



A Guide for the Written Test for Police Supervisors/Investigators is available at the New York State . 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.

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.


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 BE 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 non-refundable 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 examination fee must accompany your application(s) in the form of a Check or Money Order made payable to the Rensselaer County Civil Service Commission and write the examination number(s) on your check or money order. NO CASH ACCEPTED. 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.