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Corrections Officer - Transfer/Reinstatement Opportunity

Minimum Qualifications

In order for County Personnel to determine a candidate's eligibility for a position the applicant must document in writing on the application how they meet the minimum qualifications related to the position.

TRANSFER - YOU MUST CURRENTLY BE A PERMANENT COMPETITIVE CLASS EMPLOYEE IN NEW YORK STATE WHO IS PAST PROBATION, IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR THIS LATERAL TRANSFER OPPORTUNITY.

REINSTATEMENT - IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR REINSTATEMENT, YOU MUST HAVE BEEN A PERMANENT NEW YORK STATE COMPETITIVE CLASS EMPLOYEE, PAST PROBATION, AND HAVE NOT BEEN SEPARATED FOR MORE THAN ONE YEAR. We can consider candidates who have been separated from civil service for more than one year if you can demonstrate that you have maintained a current knowledge of this field.

Eligible candidates must have already taken and passed the New York State Civil Service examination for Corrections Officer.  The minimum qualifications of the position that you currently hold (or held) must be equal to or greater than those of the Tompkins County position.  You must have received a permanent appointment from a New York State established eligible list, and you must have passed your probationary period in order to apply. Along with completing the Tompkins County electronic employment application for Corrections Officer, you must also provide a copy of: 1. your civil service roster record (shows dates of employment and civil service status), 2. the current job description, and 3. the exam announcement from the test from which you received your permanent appointment. The examination that you took must be identical or substantially similar to a test that would be held for the Tompkins County position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must possess an appropriate level New York State driver’s license at the time of appointment and maintain such license for the duration of employment.
  • Must become certified as a Peace Officer within six months of appointment and maintain such certification for the duration of employment.
  • Must complete the New York State Commission of Corrections training prior to completion of the one-year probationary period. Must obtain handgun certification (by range qualification) within one year of appointment and maintain proficiency, through repeat certification, for the duration of employment. The weapon and training is provided.
  • Must obtain pepper spray certification (requires that the officer be sprayed) within one year and maintain certification for the duration of employment. The training is provided.

    NOTE:  Corrections Officers are Public Officers and as such would normally be required to reside in Tompkins County.  However, on June 21, 2016, Tompkins County adopted Local Law No. 2 of 2016, which waives the residency requirement of Public Officers law and states that individuals holding said positions within the County of Tompkins shall be permitted to reside either within the County of Tompkins or any other county in New York State.  The candidate is still required to be a United States citizen (either natural born or naturalized.)