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Corrections Officer

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: No later than the final filing date announced, the applicant must demonstrate -

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


Must possess a valid New York State driver’s license at the time of application and maintain such license in good standing for the duration of employment. 

In accordance with State Laws, a Correction Officer is a Peace Officer, and must satisfactorily complete training standards prescribed by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Municipal Police Training Council.

  1. Must become certified as a Peace Officer within six months of appointment and maintain such certification for the duration of employment.
  2. Must complete the New York State Commission of Corrections training prior to completion of the one-year probationary period.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 

At the time candidates are being considered for appointment, they must meet certain physical and medical standards. Appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a physical fitness test, medical examination, and psychological testing.

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) in accordance with NYS Public Officers Law.

Tompkins County is committed to Equity and Inclusion. We encourage those with similar values to apply.