2006-06-23 / Community

Exam For Correction Officer Training

A statewide competitive Civil Service exam for the position of Correction Officer Trainee will be held on September 9, 2006.

The starting annual salary for a Trainee is $34,329. After completing the eight-week training program and the full one-year probationary period, each officer will earn 16 college credits and receive a 20 percent pay increase to $41,348. In addition to the base salary, appointees will receive a comprehensive health insurance program, retirement benefits, and pre-shifting briefing which amounts to $1,727 annually.

"Correction Officers stand on the frontlines of our prisons ensuring safety among our staff, inmates and our communities," said Commissioner Glenn S. Goord. "I'm excited about the opportunities this career will offer the men and women of our state."

There are no minimum requirements for taking this written examination. However, at the time of appointment, prospective candidates must:

+Pass the written Civil Service exam.

+Be 21 years old or older.

+Be a U.S. citizen and a resident of New York.

+Possess a high school diploma or GED.

+Pass medical and psychological screenings, as well as a background investigation.

Conviction for a felony automatically disqualifies the candidate. Misdemeanor convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine eligibility.

Announcements and applications can be obtained by contacting Correctional Services at NYSDOCS, Correction Officer Recruitment Unit, Building 2, State Office Campus, 1220 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12226; or by calling (518) 457-8131; or via the Internet at www.docs.state.ny.us.

Individuals who passed the April 8, 2006 exam (24-580 and 24-581) will remain eligible for appointment.

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