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Police Officer / Deputy Sheriff

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.

Graduation from high school OR possession of a high school equivalency (GED).
A copy of your high school transcript or GED should be included with your application. Applicants who do not provide the transcript or GED will be eligible to take the examination but will not be eligible for appointment until a copy is on file.
Tompkins County is Committed to Equity and Inclusion. We encourage those with similar values to apply.
Possession of a valid New York State Operator's License at time of application and maintenance of such a license in good standing throughout the duration of employment.
Candidates must meet the physical fitness and medical standards set by the Municipal Police Training Council.
United States Citizenship is required at time of appointment.
Candidates must be at least 19 years old on or before the date of the examination to take the test. Eligibility for appointment as a Police Officer or Deputy Sheriff begins when the candidate reaches age 20.
According to Section 58 of the Civil Service Law, candidates who reach their 35th birthday on or before the date of the written examination are not qualified except as follows:  Candidates may have a period of military duty or terminal leave up to seven years as defined in Section 243 (10-a) of the Military Law deducted from their age for the purposes of determining whether they meet the age requirement.
Training Requirements:
Individuals must satisfactorily complete the Basic Course or Police Officers as prescribed by the Municipal Police Training Council and required by Section 209q of the General Municipal Law within the probationary period in order to attain permanent status in the position.