Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that the application period for New York State’s entry-level law enforcement civil service exam has opened. The exam, used to fill titles at the Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the State University of New York, will be held in the fall. Eligible candidates can apply online till Wednesday 3 August 2022 11:59 EST to appear for the exam.
“Today, we’re giving New Yorkers the opportunity to join the next generation of civil servants and make a positive impact in their communities.” Governor Hochul said. “This exam will help fill critical positions to protect our state’s parks, universities and other institutions and, above all, keep New Yorkers safe. As part of my administration’s ongoing commitment to maintaining public safety and diversifying our ranks, we encourage New Yorkers of all backgrounds to consider and apply for a meaningful and rewarding career in public service.”
People interested in being considered for entry-level law enforcement posts within the state government must first meet the minimum qualifications for the title or titles of interest and register for the civil service examination by submitting all required information here by August 3. The exam, a multiple-choice test, will be offered during the fall. All candidates who qualify to take the New York State entry-level law enforcement exam will receive an admissions notification by mail approximately two weeks prior to the date of the written exam. The admission notification will give the candidate details about when and where to appear and other relevant information. Candidates will receive a reminder email prior to the exam, which includes information on the latest COVID-19 requirements for individual state civil service exams.
The entry-level law enforcement exam is used to fill the following titles in each agency:
- DEC – Environmental Conservation Police Officer Trainee 1 & Forest Ranger 1
- Parks – Park Police Officer Trainee
- SUNI – University Police Officer 1
DCS estimates it will fill about 400 entry-level law enforcement positions statewide next year.
The test will also be used for local exams to fill positions in municipal police departments and sheriff’s offices. Candidates interested in taking the local exam for municipal police departments and sheriff’s offices should apply directly through the local civil service agency. A list of local entry-level law enforcement exams is available here.
Department of Civil Service Commissioner Timothy Hoggs said. “The Civil Service Department is pleased to offer the Entry Level Law Enforcement Exam, an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in starting a police career to enter the New York State workforce. This exam is the gateway to an exciting career path. Patrol New York State’s beautiful parks, boating on New York’s waterways, or our college. Protect Campuses. The Department is pleased to work with our partner agencies to broadly recruit and attract diverse and talented candidates to our future police force. Not only does it offer the opportunity to serve and protect the greater public, but also the opportunity to work with dedicated public servants in addition to excellent health benefits and compensation packages. Those interested in applying today for this upcoming exam. I p encouraging.”
New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said. “Governor Hochul is on a mission to find careers that New Yorkers love, including law enforcement opportunities at DEC, State Parks and SUNY. Civil service exams can open doors to incredible career opportunities. I encourage New Yorkers to consider. Explore these or the thousands of careers in the New York State civil service system.”
Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Basil Segos said. “DEC is working to grow the ranks of New York’s Environmental Protection Police Officers and Forest Rangers, expanding outreach to communities statewide and running two academies. This is a great opportunity for people of all backgrounds to start serving on the front lines. DEC is committed to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in our hiring process to ensure our rangers and officers are representative of New Yorkers to protect New York’s environment and public safety. Committed.”
State Parks Commissioner Eric Kulesaid said. “New York State Park Police officers protect our state’s natural and historic treasures and help ensure that millions of people have a safe and enjoyable time visiting New York State Parks. I urge anyone interested in a unique and rewarding law enforcement career to take the time to apply to become a State Park Police Officer.”
SUNY Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley said. “Law enforcement units must reflect the diversity of the communities they serve, and we at SUNY encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for these important positions. SUNY is proud to appoint the first woman in our history as our police. Commissioner, a groundbreaking step to further diversify the field and empower the myriad voices. We welcome all interested individuals. We encourage taking the civil service exam and look forward to welcoming the next generation of law enforcement officers who will protect and serve our students and communities. State.”
In May, Governor Hochul announced DEC and Parks’ commitment to a national “30×30 Pledge” to increase the department’s diversity by adding more women to its police officer ranks. This follows an earlier pledge by the New York State Police to increase the number of female state troopers. The ultimate goal of the 30×30 Initiative is to reach 30 percent women in police recruit classes by 2030, and to ensure that policing agencies are truly representative of the jurisdictions the agency serves. Women, veterans, and New Yorkers from historically underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply for this exam, which can lead to a career of outstanding public service.
In conjunction with the launch of the entry-level law enforcement exam, New York State has launched a statewide social media campaign that includes videos, web content and a new informative webinar from DCS to help attract candidates to apply for the exam. .
Additional information, including campaign content and a test guide to prepare applicants for the exam, is available at www.cs.ny.gov/police.
To learn more about working in New York State and how to take the next step toward pursuing a rewarding career in public service, please visit the Department of Civil Service website and follow the department on Facebook, Twitterand LinkedIn.