Cortland Police Department

Civil Service Opportunity - Deputy Sheriff

CIVIL SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Cortland County Office of Personnel/Civil Service

60 Central Avenue, Cortland NY13045 - 2746

607-753-5076/www.Cortland-co.org

AMENDED

POLICE OFFICER

COUNTY POLICE OFFICER (DEPUTY SHERIFF)                      

SALARY RANGE:                

County:$18.6186-$29.7853/hr. (2016 Salary)

EXAM Date: 11-19-16                                                           

City of Cortland:   $40,863/yr. (2016 Salary)

Village of Homer: $ 36,448.55/yr. (2016 Salary)

 

 

EXAM # 62-685                                            

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APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE PERSONNEL/CIVIL SRVICE OFFICE

BY LAST FILING DATE: 10-3-16 BY 4:30 P.M.

EXAMINATION FEE: Each application for a Cortland County Civil Service examination must be accompanied by $30.00 cash, certified check or money order payable to the "Cortland County Treasurer."  Note:  All CSEA Cortland County Employees, Cortland County Management Compensation Plan Employees, Cortland County Sheriff’s Department Civilian Employee Unit #6550-02, and Cortland County Deputy Sheriff Correction Officer Unit #6550-03 will pay $15.00 to be paid with cash, certified check, or money order made payable to “Cortland County Treasurer.”  PERSONAL CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  The examination fee is non-refundable.  Applications will not be reviewed unless accompanied by the examination fee.

APPLICATION FEE WAIVER:  A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household.  In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income payments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a state or local social service agency.  All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification.  If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with your application by the close of business on the Application Deadline as listed on the Examination Announcement.

NOTE: "A Guide to Taking the Examination for Police Officer" is available in the Civil Service Office or on our web site at www.cortland-co.org -go to the personnel menu. Call (607) 753-5076 or write Cortland County Personnel Civil Service, 60 Central Ave., Cortland, NY 13045 to obtain a copy. A copy of the guide is also available at the NYS Department of Civil Service web site :http://www.cs.state.ny.us/msd/map.html.   "A Guide to Taking the Examination for Entry-Level Police Officer Series" will be sent to all approved candidates no later than two weeks before the test date. If you have not received a copy by November 4, 2016, please call the Cortland County Personnel/Civil Service Office at 607-753-5076 to request a copy.

NOTE: The physical fitness agility may be scheduled before the scores are received.  This is the first step in the screening process for employment as a Police Officer/County Police Officer (Deputy Sheriff). The date may be scheduled after the written exam but before the scores are received.  All candidates who take the written exam will be notified by mail of the place and time for the physical fitness test.  If you fail to bring all required paperwork to your physical fitness test or fail to appear, your name will not be certified on the Police Officer or County Police Officer (Deputy Sheriff) eligible list.

VACANCIES: None. The list established as a result of this exam will be used to fill any future vacancies that may occur during the life of this list.

NOTE: If part-time position becomes full-time, incumbent may be appointed to the full-time position without further canvassing.

WHAT THE JOB INVOLVESPolice Officers/County Police Officer (Deputy Sheriff) perform general police duties and related work in the County of Cortland, City of Cortland, and Village of Homer. They patrol an assigned area on foot or in a vehicle; apprehend crime suspects; intervene in various situations involving crimes in progress, aided cases, complaints, emotionally disturbed persons, etc.; respond to and investigate vehicular accidents; investigate specific offenses; interact with prisoners; operate and maintain patrol vehicle; issue summonses; obtain information regarding incidents by interviewing witnesses, victims, and/or complainants; safeguard and voucher found, seized or recovered property; provide information to the public; handle situations involving maltreated, abused, or missing children, interact with juveniles, prepare forms and reports; testify in court; and perform related work.

Police Officers/County Police Officer (Deputy Sheriff) are required to work Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, nights and change tours of work overtime when ordered.

Some of the physical activities performed by Police Officers/County Police Officer (Deputy Sheriff) and environmental conditions experienced are: working outdoors in all kinds of weather, walking and/or standing in an assigned area during a tour, driving or sitting in a patrol car during a tour of duty while remaining alert; running after a fleeing suspect; climbing up stairs; carrying an injured adult with assistance; gripping persons to prevent escape; restraining suspect by use of handcuffs; detecting odors such as those caused by smoke or gas leaks; engaging in hand to hand struggles to subdue a suspect resisting arrest; being physically active for prolonged period of time; understanding verbal communication over the radio with background noise; reading and writing under low light conditions; carrying or wearing heavy equipment and wearing a bulletproof vest.

(This is a brief description of what you might do in this position and does not include all the duties of the position.)

RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT: Candidates must have been legal residents of Cortland County or one of the seven contiguous counties of Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Onondaga, Madison, Tompkins, or Tioga for at least one month immediately preceding the date of the examination. Preference in certification for appointment may be given to successful candidates who have been residents of the municipality for one month prior to the date of certification.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS  (County Police Officer (Deputy Sheriff)

The work in the Sheriff's Department involves responsibility for the protection of lives and property and the enforcement of the general laws of the state and local ordinances within the county.  On an assigned shift an incumbent performs routine patrol operations in accordance with standard departmental operating procedures and makes arrests and assists in investigations.  The work is performed under the general supervision of a higher ranking officer who gives specific instructions and assistance when special problems arise.  Does related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS  (City of Cortland Police Officer)

This is a responsible law enforcement position involving responsibility for the enforcement of laws, ordinances, and the protection of lives and property in an assigned area during specified periods. The work involves routine patrol tasks, assisting in investigations of criminal offenses and apprehension of criminals.  Work is performed according to established policies and procedures and under the general supervision of a Police Sergeant or other higher ranking officer with considerable independent responsibility for the exercise of judgment in emergency or other matters of a police natures.  Does related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS  (Village of Homer Police Officer)

This is a responsible law enforcement position involving responsibility for the enforcement of laws, ordinances and the protection of lives and property in an assigned area during specified periods.  The work involves routine patrol tasks, assisting in investigations of criminal offenses and apprehension of criminals.  Work is performed according to established policies and procedures and under the general supervision of the Village Police Chief, or the designated officer in charge.  However, there is considerable independent responsibility for exercise of sound judgment in emergencies, and other matters of a police nature.  Does related work as required

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A.      Graduation from high schoolor possession of a highschool equivalency diploma.

NOTE: A copy of high school diploma or GED certificate must be accompanied with the application. Applicants who do not possess a high school or equivalency diploma are eligible to take the examination but will not be eligible for appointment until they obtain such diploma. For information on how to obtain an equivalency diploma, write to the New York State Education Department, Albany,NY 12234.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

1.       Possession of a valid New York State driver's license appropriate to the vehicles operated.

2.       In order to be eligible for appointment, candidate must meet all current requirements of Section 58 of the Civil Service Law.

►     AGE: Candidates must be at least 19 years old on or before 11-19-16 to be admitted to the examination. Eligibility for appointment as a police officer begins when the candidate reaches age 20. Candidates who reach their 35th birthday on or before the date of written examination are not qualified except as follows.* Candidates may have a period of military duty or terminal leave up to six years, as defined in Section 243(10-a) of the Military Law, deducted from their age for purposes of determining whether they meet the age requirement.

*Section 58.1(a) requires that applicants not be "more than thirty-five years of age as of the date when the applicant takes the written examination…" Candidates who may be impacted by the maximum age requirement and who are requesting an alternate test date (for active military duty, Sabbath observance or for an alternate test date situation which meets the conditions of the agency’s alternate test date policy) are advised to contact the Cortland County Personnel/Civil Service Office to discuss their request. BE SURE TO INDICATE BIRTHDATE IN QUESTION 4 OF APPLICATION.

►     CITIZENSHIP: Candidates must be citizens of the United States at time of appointment. It is not necessary for admission to the examination.

►     CRIMINAL HISTORY: No person may be appointed as a Police Officer/County Police Officer (Deputy Sheriff) who has been convicted of a felony or of any offense in any other jurisdiction which if committed in New York State would constitute a felony. A person may also be barred from appointment if he/she has been convicted of a misdemeanor or any offense in any other jurisdiction which, if the County Personnel Officer determines, that the employment of such person is not in the best interest of the department. A "yes" to question(s) 5 d, e, f, g, h on page 1 of the application must be fully explained with documentation and court papers submitted at the time of application.

►     Character and Background: Proof of good character and satisfactory background will be absolute prerequisites to appointment. The following are among the factors which would ordinarily be cause for disqualification: (a) conviction of an offense, the nature of which indicates lack of good moral character or disposition towards violence or disorder, or which is punishable by one or more years of imprisonment; (b) repeated convictions of an offense, where such convictions indicate a disrespect for the law; (c) discharge from employment; (d) dishonorable discharge from the Armed Forces; and (e) conviction of petit larceny. In accordance with provisions of law, persons convicted of a felony or domestic violence misdemeanor are not eligible for appointment to the title of Police Officer/County Police Officer (Deputy Sheriff).

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL EXAMINATION: Candidates must meet the physical agility and medical standards prescribed by the Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC). At this time, the medical standards include, but are not limited to vision better than or equal to 20/30 in each eye. If a candidate must use corrective lenses (glasses or contacts) in order to satisfy the 20/30 vision standard, then such candidate’s uncorrected vision should be no worse than 20/100 in each eye. All candidates must have acceptable color perception, and acceptable hearing acuity. Detailed physical and medical requirements may be reviewed in the Office of Personnel/Civil Service. Candidates who pass the written test will be required to pass the qualifying physical agility test.

Those candidates who are subsequently offered employment will be required to pass a medical examination. Finally, a psychological test will be required. Failure on any qualifying test will bar candidates from appointment. We reserve the right to schedule these examinations for only as many candidates necessary for vacancies as they may occur during the life of the eligible list.

Physical exam and/or drug screen required.

QUALIFYING PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTThe three elements measured in the qualifying physical fitness test are muscular endurance, absolute strength and cardiovascular capacity. The following is a brief description of the physical fitness test:

1.       Muscular Endurance – The requirement is for a number of bent-leg sit-ups to be performed in one minute.

2.       Push Up – This test measures muscular endurance of the upper body – (anterior deltoid, pectorals major and triceps). The requirement is for a number of full body repetitions that a candidate must complete without breaks.

3.       Cardiovascular Activity – 1.5 mile run: the requirement is for the attainment of a score calculated in minutes and seconds.

The Municipal Police Training Council adopted the physical fitness-screening test based on the model formulated by the Cooper Institute of Aerobics Research. The minimum passing scores, depending on age and sex, represent the fortieth (40th) percentile of physical fitness as established by the Cooper Institute. Failure on a part of qualifying test will remove your name from further consideration for appointment. Copies of the physical fitness and medical standards are available upon request from the Department of Personnel/Civil Service.

Firearms Qualification: Appointees must qualify and remain qualified for firearms' usage and possession as a condition of employment for the duration of their tenure. The ability to qualify, and remain qualified, in the use of firearms is essential for the Police Officers/County Police Officer (Deputy Sheriff). Firearms qualification tests will be administered annually to determine qualification.  Failure to qualify and remain qualified for firearms usage and possession may result in termination.

Investigation: This position is subject to investigation before appointment. At the time of investigation, eligibles for Police Officer (City of Cortland) will be required to pay a minimum fee of  $75.00 and for County Police Officer (Deputy Sheriff) eligibles will be required to pay a minimum fee of $87.25 for fingerprint screening,  At the time of investigation, and at the time of appointment, eligibles must present originals or certified copies of all required documents and proof, including but not limited to proof of date and place of birth by transcript of record of the Bureau of Vital Statistics or other satisfactory, evidence, naturalization papers if necessary, proof of any military service, and proof of meeting educational requirements. Any willful misstatement or failure to present any documents required for investigation will be cause of disqualification. Disqualification will be in accordance with Section 50 of NYS Civil Service Law.

SCOPE OF THE EXAMINATION: Written test designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in areas such as:

1. Applying written information (rules, regulations, policies, procedures, directives, etc.) in police situations

These questions test for the ability to apply written rules in given situations similar to those typically experienced by police officers.

2. Memory for facts and information

These questions test for the ability to remember facts and information presented in written form. You will be given 5 minutes to read and study the information in the Memory Booklet. After the 5-minute period, the Memory Booklet will be taken away. You will then be required to answer questions about the material that was presented in the Memory Booklet.

3. Reading, understanding and interpreting written information

These questions test for the ability to read, understand, and interpret the kinds of written information that police officers are required to read during their formal training period and on the job.

4. Preparing written material in a police setting

These questions test for the ability to prepare the types of reports that police officers write. You will be presented with a page of notes followed by several questions. Each question will consist of four restatements of the information given in the notes. From each set of four, you must choose the version that presents the information most clearly and accurately.

The rating key for this examination will be established by the New York State Civil Service Commission prior to the date of the test, upon recommendation of a committee of police experts who will review all the questions for appropriateness and the key answers for correctness. There will be no review of the questions by candidates. This committee was selected with the assistance and endorsement of the Police Conference of New York, Inc., the New York State Association of PBA's, Inc., and the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc.

A Guide for the Written Test for Police Entrance is available at the New York State website:www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm . Candidates not having access to a computer or the internet may request copy of the test guide from the municipal civil service office conducting this examination using the contact information found elsewhere on this announcement.

USE OF CALCULATORS IS PROHIBITED FOR THIS EXAM:Devices with typewriter keyboards, ‘Spell Checkers’, ‘Personal Digital Assistants’, ‘Address Books,’ ‘Language Translators’, ‘Dictionaries’, or any other similar devices are prohibited. You may not bring books or other reference materials.

POLICIES FOR ALTERNATE TEST DATES: May be obtained from the Cortland County Personnel Office.

SATURDAY SABBATH OBSERVERS, HANDICAPPED PERSONS: If special arrangements are required for testing, please indicate this on your application.

CROSS FILER STATEMENTIf you have applied for any other civil service examination to be given on the same test date for employment with New York State or any other local government jurisdiction excluding New York City, you must make arrangements to take all the examinations at one test site.

If you have applied for both State and local government examinations, you must make arrangements no later than September 30, 2016 to take all your examinations at the State examination center by calling (518) 457-7022 no later than two weeks before the test date.

If you have applied for other local government examinations, call or write to each civil service agency to make arrangements no later than two weeks before the date of the examinations. You must notify all local government civil service agencies with whom you have filed an application of the test site at which you wish to take the examination.

VETERANS OR DISABLED VETERANS who are eligible for additional credit must submit an application for veteran’s credit with their application for examination or at any time between the dates of their application for examination and the date of establishment of the resulting eligible list. Applications for veteran’s credit are available from this office. Veteran’s credits can only be added to a passing score on the examination.

Effective January 1, 1998, the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran’s credit in examinations. Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit. No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list. It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating that the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of the Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran’s credits.

APPLICATIONS CAN BE OBTAINED at the Office of Personnel, 60 Central Avenue, Cortland NY. Applications may be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on the last filing date.

TIME AND PLACE OF EXAMINATION: Approved candidates will be notified by mail regarding the time and place the exam is to be held. If notice of approval or disapproval is not received three (3) days prior to the exam date, please call this office at 607- 753-5076.

An Equal Opportunity Employer: M/F

This examination is being prepared and rated by the NYS Department of Civil Service in accordance with Section 23.2 of the Civil Service Law. The provisions of the NYS Civil Service Rules and Regulations dealing with the ratings of exams will apply to this test.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION

1.         Falsification of any part of the "Application for Employment" will result in disqualification.

2.         Applicants must answer every question on the application form and make sure that it is complete in all respects. Incomplete  applications will be disapproved.

3.         If you have applied for other Civil Service examinations for employment with New York State or any other local government jurisdiction to be held on the same date as this exam, you must make arrangements to take all the examinations at one test site.  If you have applied for both State and Local government examinations, you must make arrangements to  take all your examinations at the State examination center by calling 518-457-7022 no later than two weeks before the test date.  If you have applied for other local government examinations, call or write to each Civil Service Agency to make arrangements. You must make your request for these arrangements no later than two weeks before the date of the examinations.  You must notify all local government Civil Service agencies with whom you have filed an application of the test site at which you wish to take your examination(s).  For this examination, call 607-753-5076 or write to Cortland  County Personnel, 60 Central Avenue, Cortland, NY   13045-2746.

    4.         Appointments from an Eligible List must be made from the top three candidates willing to accept appointment. The duration of an Eligible List may be fixed for a minimum of one (1) year, and a maximum period of (4) years.

5.         It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Office of Personnel/Civil Service of any change in address. No attempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.

    6.         Under specific circumstances, an alternate test date may be arranged. Your request with written documentation must be received in this office no later than the Thursday proceeding the exam date.

 

WEATHER/EMERGENCY EXAM CANCELLATION: Listen to your local TV station (NBC) or radio station (WXHC 101. 5 FM) for information.

 

Date:      8-23-2016

                Amended


MILITARY MAKEUP

 

Military Law provides special rights for members of the armed forces whose military service conflicts with scheduled civil service testing.  Here is a list of all sections of military law that address make-up exams.

 

Section 243-b (1) Any member of the armed forces who properly filed, within the announced filing period, an application for a competitive examination but was unable to participate in the examination due to active military service, must be provided with a special make-up examination.  This applies to candidates covered by Section 242 or 243 of the Military Law, as well as any other applicant who, due to active military service, was prevented from participating in a competitive examination for which he/she timely filed an application.

 

Section 243-b (2) Any member of the armed forces, who, because of active military duty other than for training purposes, missed the application filing period for an examination and as a result is deprived of the opportunity to compete in an examination, shall be given a special military make-up exam.  The make-up examination is to be administered under the terms and conditions set by the State Department of Civil Service or municipal civil service agency.

 

Section 243-b (3) Any member of the armed forces who, because of active military duty other than for training purposes, missed the application deadline for a scheduled examination and who returns from such duty prior to the administration of such examination shall be granted a waiver of the application requirement and be allowed to compete in the examination.  A candidate who failed to file a timely application due to military duty is not necessarily entitled to be tested on a walk-in basis.  Even if the candidate is available on the scheduled test date, he or she may be required to compete according to alternate test date procedures.

 

Section 243 – C This section covers individuals serving on active duty in the armed forces during the filing period for a civil service examination, or individuals who have been discharged with other than a dishonorable discharge after the filing period has commenced.  Such individuals must be permitted to file an application for examination no later than 10 business days before the scheduled examination date, or the last date to file, whichever is later.  If qualified, the individual must be provided an opportunity to compete in the examination under terms and conditions deemed appropriate by the state or municipal civil service agency.

 

Section 243 (5) This section differs from Section 243–b in that it applies only to current public employees who return to a position after termination of military duty.  In the event a promotion examination is held while an employee who would be entitled to participate in the examination is on military duty, the employee may have a right to participate in a comparable examination when restored to his/her position.  The employee must request a comparable examination within 60 days of being restored to his/her position.  Under Section 243(5), the eligible list resulting from the original promotion examination holding need not be in existence.  If the employee passes the examination, his/her name may be placed on a special eligible list, as discussed in the next section of this manual.

 

Section 243(7-b) This section differs from Section 243-b, as it applies to any person who has passed one or more parts of an examination bus has been prevented from completing the remaining parts of the examination because of military duty.  A request to complete the examination must be made within 90 days of the termination of military duty, and the candidate shall be given the opportunity to take a comparable examination.  Under Section 243(7-b), the eligible list resulting from the original examination holding need not be existence.  If the candidate passes such examination, his/her name may be placed on a special eligible list, as discussed in the next section of this manual.

 

A make-up examination is to be administered under the terms and conditions set by the New York State Department of Civil Service or the municipal civil service agency.  A candidate eligible for a military make-up test does not have to wait until discharge from active military duty to take the test.  Completing the test at the earliest possible opportunity is advisable.  However, the following conditions have been established for the make-up test.

v  Applicants must request the make-up test no later than 60 days after release from active duty; exceptions will only be considered in extenuating circumstances and on a case by case basis.

v  Applicants must submit a copy of military order, DD214 or other official military document, that substantiates his/her active military service at the time of the test and any subsequent service.

v  The eligible list resulting from the examination applied for must still be in existence.

If you would like to take a certain examination and are eligible for a military makeup, contact the Cortland County Department of Personnel to set up the examination(s).  You must apply and qualify for each examination you want to take.