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Steps to Become a Police Officer in New York State – NY Police Requirements

How to Become a Police Officer in New York

To become a police officer in New York State you’ll have to pass a civil service exam. The state has 97 municipal civil service agencies and each has its own schedule for holding exams for police officers. Some may hold exams every year, some less frequently.

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One of the first steps you’ll have to take to become a police officer is to find out when the tests are offered in a particular locality. You can do that by going to these web sites: www.cs.ny.gov/employees/local/map.cfm or www.cs.ny.gov/employees/local/local.cfm.

Both sites are run by the New York State Department of Civil Service. The first one is a link to local civil service agencies with examination announcements on their web sites. The second is a complete contact listing of all the municipal civil service agencies in the state.

There is a book that offers prospective police officers help in passing the civil service test for Police Officers/Deputy Sheriffs. You can download one here.

Requirements & Qualifications

Of course, besides passing the initial civil service test you’ll have to meet a series of other requirements. For example, no one over the age of 35 on or before the date of the examination is eligible, although there is an age waiver for veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

Veterans who served on active military duty may deduct up to six years from their age. There also is a minimum age requirement to meet. Officers must be at least 20 at the time of their appointment. The state’s civil service agency recommends that candidates be at least 19 on the date they take the examination.

Physical Fitness Test

Other minimum qualifications are a high school diploma or GED equivalent and meeting medical and physical fitness standards as set by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council (http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/legalservices/mptc_regs.htm).

This guide is very detailed and should you a complete understanding of the medical requirements that must be met in New York State, as well as possible disqualifying conditions. The physical fitness component also is provided in the guide in great detail and will let you know exactly what levels of physical conditioning you will have to meet to become a police officer.

Understanding these two components in advance of taking the civil service test can save you money. If you have any disqualifying condition you can decide not to take the test, therefore saving the fee charged for the exam.

Background Check/Disqualifying Factors

In addition to these standards, all candidates will undergo a lengthy background check for any criminal record or other past conduct that may be deemed unsuitable becoming a certified police officer.

You also may find that the jurisdiction you are interested in joining may have additional or higher standards than these minimums. You may also find that jurisdictions may have residency requirements just to even take the local exam. Candidates need to review each jurisdiction’s rules carefully by going reviewing their web sites.

Police Officer Salary – Average Cop Pay in New York State

According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics (2010), a police officer in the state of New York State makes between $60,660 – $79,300 per year. However the data collected by BLS isn’t as accurate as originally thought. You see, BLS does not take into account overtime pay or off duty work of a police officer. These two factors, if included in the data, would increase the average salary of a police officer in NY.

Police Officer Jobs in NYS

There are several law enforcement job openings in New York State. Simply visit our Career Job Opening or go to the official website of the agency you are interested in to complete an application of employment. Below is a list of all the law enforcement agencies in the state of New York.

  • Albany County
    • Albany County Sheriff’s Department
    • Albany County District Attorney’s Office
  • Allegany County
    • Allegany County Sheriff’s Office
    • Allegany County District Attorney’s Office
  • Broome County
    • Broome County Sheriff’s Office
    • Broome County Government Security Division
    • Broome County District Attorney’s Office
  • Cattaraugus County
    • Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office
    • Cattaraugus County District Attorney’s Office
  • Cayuga County
    • Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office
    • Cayuga County Auxiliary Police
    • Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office
  • Chautauqua County
    • Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office
    • Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office
  • Chemung County
    • Chemung County Sheriff’s Office
    • Chemung County District Attorney’s Office
  • Chenango County
    • Chenango County Sheriff’s Office
    • Chenango County District Attorney’s Office
  • Clinton County
    • Clinton County Sheriff’s Department
    • Clinton County District Attorney’s Office
  • Columbia County
    • Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
    • Columbia County District Attorney’s Office
  • Cortland County
    • Cortland County Sheriff’s Office
    • Cortland County District Attorney’s Office
  • Delaware County
    • Delaware County Sheriff’s Office
    • Delaware County District Attorney’s Office
  • Dutchess County
    • Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office
    • Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office
  • Erie County
    • Erie County Sheriff’s Office
    • ECMC Hospital Police Department
    • Erie County District Attorney’s Office
  • Essex County Sheriff’s Office
  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fulton County Sheriff’s Department
  • Genesee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Greene County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Herkimer County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kings County District Attorney’s Office
  • Kings York County District Attorney’s Office Police
  • Lewis County Sheriff’s Office
  • Livingston County Sheriff’s Office
  • Madison County Sheriff’s Office
  • Monroe County Sheriff’s Department
  • Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
  • Nassau County Police Department
  • Nassau County
    • Nassau County Sheriff’s Department
    • Nassau County Fire Marshals Office
  • New York
    • New York City Sheriff’s Office
    • New York County District Attorney’s Office
    • New York County District Attorney’s Office Police
  • Niagara County Sheriff’s Department
  • Oneida County Sheriff’s Office
  • Onondaga County
    • Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office
    • Onondaga County Park Rangers
    • Onondaga County Auxiliary Police (New York)
  • Ontario County Sheriff’s Office
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Office
  • Orleans County Sheriff’s Office
  • Oswego County Sheriff’s Office
  • Otsego County Sheriff’s Office
  • Putnam County Sheriff’s Department
  • Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department
  • Rockland County Sheriff’s Department
  • Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office
  • Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office
  • Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office
  • Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office
  • Seneca County Sheriff’s Office
  • Steuben County Sheriff’s Office
  • St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office
  • Suffolk County
    • Suffolk County Police Department
    • Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office
    • Suffolk County Park Police
      • Suffolk County Park Rangers
  • Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tioga County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ulster County Sheriff’s Office
  • Warren County Sheriff’s Office
  • Washington County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wayne County Sheriff’s Office
  • Westchester County
    • Westchester County Department of Correction[1]
    • Westchester County Department of Public Safety
    • Westchester County Probation Department
  • Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office
  • Yates County Sheriff’s Office
  • Adams Police Department
  • Addison Police Department
  • Afton Police Department
  • Akron Police Department
  • Albany Police Department
  • Albion Police Department
  • Alexandria Police Department
  • Alexandria Bay Police Department
  • Alfred Police Department
  • Allegany Police Department
  • Altamont Police Department
  • Amherst Police Department
  • Amityville Police Department
  • Amsterdam Police Department
  • Andover Police Department
  • Angelica Police Department
  • Angola Police Department
  • Antwerp Police Department
  • Arcade Police Department
  • Ardsley Police Department
  • Asharoken Police Department
  • Athens Police Department
  • Attica Police Department
  • Auburn Police Department
  • Avon Police Department
  • Bainbridge Police Department
  • Baldwinsville Police Department
  • Ballston Spa Police Department
  • Barker Police Department
  • Batavia Police Department
  • Bath Police Department
  • Beacon Police Department
  • Bedford Police Department
  • Belle Terre Constable
  • Belmont Police Department
  • Bethlehem Police Department
  • Binghamton Police Department
  • Black River Police Department
  • Blooming Grove Police Department
  • Bolivar Police Department
  • Bolton Police Department
  • Bolton Landing Police Department
  • Boonville Police Department
  • Brant Police Department
  • Brewster Police Department
  • Briarcliff Police Department
  • Briarcliff Manor Police Department
  • Brighton Police Department
  • Brockport Police Department
  • Bronxville Police Department
  • Brownville Police Department
  • Buchanan Police Department
  • Buffalo Police Department
  • Butternuts Police Department
  • Cairo Police Department
  • Caledonia Police Department
  • Cambridge Police Department
  • Camillus Police Department
  • Canajoharie Police Department
  • Canandaigua Police Department
  • Canastota Police Department
  • Candor Police Department
  • Canisteo Police Department
  • Canton Police Department
  • Cape Vincent Police Department
  • Town of Carmel Police Department
  • Carrollton Police Department
  • Carthage Police Department
  • Catskill Police Department
  • Cattaraugus Police Department
  • Cayuga Heights Police Department
  • Cazenovia Police Department
  • Central Square Police Department
  • Centre Island Police Department
  • Chatham Police Department
  • Cheektowaga Police Department
  • Chester Police Department
  • Town of Chester Police Department
  • Chittenango Police Department
  • Cicero Police Department
  • Clarkstown Police Department
  • Clay Police Department
  • Clayton Police Department
  • Clifton Springs Police Department
  • Clinton Police Department
  • Clyde Police Department
  • Cobleskill Police Department
  • Coeymans Police Department
  • Cohocton Police Department
  • Cohoes Police Department
  • Colchester Police Department
  • Cold Spring Police Department
  • Colonie Police Department
  • Cooperstown Police Department
  • Copake Police Department
  • Corfu Police Department
  • Corinth Police Department
  • Corning Police Department
  • Cornwall Police Department
  • Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department
  • Cortland Police Department
  • Cortlandville Police Department
  • Coxsackie Police Department
  • Crawford Police Department
  • Croton-on-Hudson Police Department
  • Cuba Police Department
  • Dansville Police Department
  • De Witt Police Department
  • Deerpark Police Department
  • Delhi Police Department
  • Depew Police Department
  • Deposit Police Department
  • Dexter Police Department
  • Dobbs Ferry Police Department
  • Dolgeville Police Department
  • Dryden Police Department
  • Dunkirk Police Department
  • Durham Police Department
  • Earlville Police Department
  • East Aurora Police Department
  • East Fishkill Police Department
  • East Greenbush Police Department
  • East Hampton Town Police Department
  • East Hampton Village Police Department
  • East Hills Police Department
  • East Rochester Police Department
  • East Rockaway Police Department
  • East Syracuse Police Department
  • Eastchester Police Department
  • Eden Police Department
  • Ellenville Police Department
  • Ellicott Police Department
  • Ellicottville Police Department
  • Elmira Police Department
  • Elmira Heights Police Department
  • Elmsford Police Department
  • Endicott Police Department
  • Evans Police Department
  • Evans Mills Police Department
  • Fairport Police Department
  • Fallsburg Police Department
  • Fishkill Police Department
  • Fishkill Town Police Department
  • Floral Park Police Department
  • Florida Police Department
  • Fort Edward Police Department
  • Fort Plains Police Department
  • Village of Frankfort Police Department
  • Town of Frankfort Poice Department
  • Fredonia Police Department
  • Freeport Police Department
  • Freeville Police Department
  • Friendship Police Department
  • Fulton Police Department
  • Garden City Police Department
  • Gates Police Department
  • Geddes Police Department
  • Geneseo Police Department
  • Geneva Police Department
  • Germantown Police Department
  • Glen Cove Police Department
  • Glens Falls Police Department
  • Glenville Police Department
  • Gloversville Police Department
  • Goshen Police Department
  • Town of Goshen Police Department
  • Gouverneur Police Department
  • Gowanda Police Department
  • Grand Island Police Department
  • Granville Police Department
  • Great Neck Estates Police Department
  • Greece Police Department
  • Green Island Police Department
  • Greenburgh Police Department
  • Greene Police Department
  • Town of Greenport Police Department
  • Greenwich Police Department
  • Greenwood Lake Police Department
  • Groton Police Department
  • Guilderland Police Department
  • Hamburg Police Department
  • Hamilton Police Department
  • Hammondsport Police Department
  • Hancock Police Department
  • Harriman Police Department
  • Harrison Police Department
  • Hastings-on-Hudson Police Department
  • Haverstraw Town Police Department
  • Head of the Harbor Police Department
  • Hempstead Police Department
  • Herkimer Police Department
  • Highland Falls Police Department
  • Holley Police Department
  • Homer Police Department
  • Hoosick Falls Police Department
  • Hornell Police Department
  • Horseheads Police Department
  • Hudson Police Department
  • Hudson Falls Police Department
  • Hunter Police Department
  • Huntington Bay Police Department
  • Hurleyville Police Department
  • Hyde Park Police Department
  • Ilion Police Department
  • Huntington Harbormasters Marine Patrol Office
  • Independence Police Department
  • Inlet Police Department
  • Interlaken Police Department
  • Irondequoit Police Department
  • Irvington Police Department
  • Ithaca Police Department
  • Jamestown Police Department
  • Johnson City Police Department
  • Johnstown Police Department
  • Jordon Police Department
  • Kenmore Police Department
  • Kensington Police Department
  • Kent Police Department
  • Kings Point Police Department
  • Kingston Police Department
  • Kirkland Police Department
  • Lackawanna Police Department
  • Lake Placid Police Department
  • Lake Success Police Department
  • Lakewood-Busti Police Department
  • Lancaster Police Department
  • Town of Lancaster Police Department
  • Larchmont Police Department
  • Le Roy Police Department
  • Lewisboro Police Department
  • Lewiston Police Department
  • Liberty Police Department
  • Little Falls Police Department
  • Liverpool Police Department
  • Lloyd Police Department
  • Lloyd Harbor Police Department
  • Lockport Police Department
  • Long Beach Police Department
  • Lowville Police Department
  • Lumberland Constabulary
  • Lynbrook Police Department
  • Lyons Police Department
  • Macedon Police Department
  • Malone Police Department
  • Malverne Police Department
  • Mamaroneck Town Police Department
  • Manchester Police Department
  • Manlius Police Department
  • Marcellus Police Department
  • Marlborough Police Department
  • Massena Police Department
  • Matinecock Police Department
  • Maybrook Police Department
  • Mayville Police Department
  • McGraw Police Department
  • Mechanicville Police Department
  • Medina Police Department
  • Menands Police Department
  • Middleport Police Department
  • Middletown Police Department
  • Milan Police Department
  • Millbrook Police Department
  • Millerton Police Department
  • Minoa Police Department
  • Mohawk Police Department
  • Monroe Police Department
  • Montgomery Police Department
  • Town of Montgomery Police Department
  • Monticello Police Department
  • Moravia Police Department
  • Moriah Police Department
  • Mount Hope Police Department
  • Mount Kisco Village/Town Police Department
  • Mount Morris Police Department
  • Mount Pleasant Police Department
  • Mount Vernon Police Department
  • Muttontown Police Department
  • Naples Police Department
  • Narrowsburg Police Department
  • Nassau Village Police Department
  • New Berlin Police Department
  • New Castle Police Department
  • New Hartford Police Department
  • New Paltz Police Department
  • New Rochelle Police Department
  • New Windsor Police Department
  • New York City
  • New York Mills Police Department
  • Newark Police Department
  • Newark Valley Police Department
  • Newburgh Police Department
  • Niagara Falls Police Department
  • Niskayuna Police Department
  • Nissequogue Police Department
  • Norfolk Police Department
  • North Castle Police Department
  • North Collins Police Department
  • North Greenbush Police Department
  • North Pelham Police Department
  • North Salem Police Department
  • North Syracuse Police Department
  • North Tarrytown Police Department
  • North Tonawanda Police Department
  • North Greenbush Police Department
  • Northport Police Department
  • Northville Police Department
  • Norwich Police Department
  • Norwood Police Department
  • Nunda Police Department
  • Ocean Beach Police Department
  • Ogden Police Department
  • Ogdensburg Police Department
  • Old Brookville Police Department
  • Old Field Constabulary
  • Old Westbury Police Department
  • Olean Police Department
  • Olive Police Department
  • Oneida Police Department
  • Oneonta Police Department
  • Orangetown Police Department
  • Orchard Park Police Department
  • Oriskany Police Department
  • Ossining Village police Department
  • Oswego Police Department
  • Owego Police Department
  • Oxford Police Department
  • Oxford Town Constabulary
  • Oyster Bay Cove Police Department
  • Painted Post Police Department
  • Palmyra Police Department
  • Patchogue Public Safety Department
  • Peekskill Police Department
  • Pelham Police Constables
  • Pelham Manor Police Department
  • Penn Yan Police Department
  • Perry Police Department
  • Phelps Police Department
  • Philadelphia Police Department
  • Philmont Police Department
  • Phoenix Police Department
  • Piermont Police Department
  • Pine Plains Police Department
  • Plattekill Police Department
  • Plattsburgh Police Department
  • Pleasantville Police Department
  • Port Byron Police Department
  • Port Chester Police Department
  • Port Dickinson Police Department
  • Port Jervis Police Department
  • Port Jefferson Constable
  • Port Washington Police Department
  • Portville Police Department
  • Potsdam Police Department
  • Poughkeepsie Police Department
  • Pound Ridge Police Department
  • Prattsville Police Department
  • Pulaski Police Department
  • Quogue Police Department
  • Ramapo Police Department
  • Ravena Police Department
  • Red Hook Police Department
  • Rensselaer Police Department
  • Rhinebeck Police Department
  • Riverhead Town Police Department
  • Rochester Police Department
  • Rockville Centre Police Department
  • Rome Police Department
  • Roosevelt Island Department of Public Safety (New York, NY)
  • Rosendale Police Department
  • Rotterdam Police Department
  • Rouses Point Police Department
  • Rye Police Department
  • Rye Brook Police Department
  • Sacketts Harbor Police Department
  • Sag Harbor Police Department
  • Salamanaca Police Department
  • Saltaire Police Department
  • Sands Point Police Department
  • Saranac Lake Police Department
  • Saratoga Springs Police Department
  • Saugerties Police Department
  • Scarsdale Police Department
  • Schenectady Police Department
  • Schodack Police Department
  • Schoharie Police Department
  • Scotia Police Department
  • Seneca Falls Police Department
  • Shandaken Police Department
  • Shawangunk Police Department
  • Shelter Island Town Police Department
  • Sheburne Police Department
  • Sheridan Police Department
  • Sherrill Police Department
  • Shortsville Police Department
  • Sidney Police Department
  • Silver Creek Police Department
  • Skaneateles Police Department
  • Sleepy Hollow Police Department
  • Sodus Police Department
  • Sodus Point Police Department
  • Solvay Police Department
  • Somers Police Department
  • South Fallsburg Police Department
  • South Glens Falls Police Department
  • South Nyack-Grandview Police Department
  • Southampton Town Police Department
  • Southampton Village Police Department
  • Southold Town Police Department
  • Southport Police Department
  • Spring Valley Police Department
  • St. Johnsville Police Department
  • Stillwater Police Department
  • Stockport Police Department
  • Stony Point Police Department
  • Suffern Police Department
  • Syracuse Police Department
  • Tarrytown Police Department
  • Theresa Police Department
  • Ticonderoga Police Department
  • Tonawanda Police Department
  • Town of Tonawanda Police Department
  • Troy Police Department
  • Trumansburg Police Department
  • Tuckahoe Police Department
  • Tupper Lake Police Department
  • Town of Tuxedo Police Department
  • Tuxedo Park Police Department
  • Ulster Police Department
  • Utica Police Department
  • Vernon Police Department
  • Vestal Police Department
  • Village of the Branch Police Department
  • Walden Police Department
  • Wallkill Police Department
  • Walton Police Department
  • Wappingers Falls Police Department
  • Warsaw Police Department
  • Warwick Police Department
  • Washingtonville Police Department
  • Waterford Police Department
  • Waterloo Police Department
  • Watertown Police Department
  • Watervliet Police Department
  • Watkins Glen Police Department
  • Waverly Police Department
  • Wayland Police Department
  • Webb Police Department
  • Webster Police Department
  • Weedsport Police Department
  • Wellsville Police Department
  • West Carthage Police Department
  • West Elmira Police Department
  • West Seneca Police Department
  • Westfield Police Department
  • Westhampton Beach Police Department
  • Westhampton Dunes Police Constabulary
  • Willing Police Department
  • Windham Police Department
  • White Plains Police Department
  • Whitehall Police Department
  • Whitesboro Police Department
  • Whitetown Police Department
  • Williston Park Police Department
  • Windham Police Department
  • Wolcott Police Department
  • Woodbury Police Department
  • Woodridge Police Department
  • Woodstock Police Department
  • Yonkers Police Department
  • Yorktown Police Department
  • Yorkville Police Department
  • Youngstown Police Department
  • Binghamton University Police
  • Brooklyn College Public Safety
  • Broome Community College Campus Safety
  • Buffalo State College – Public Safety
  • Cazenovia College Department of Campus Safety
  • Cayuga Community College Office of Public Safety
  • Clarkson University Campus Safety
  • Colgate University Campus Safety
  • College of Technology at Utica-Rome Public Safety
  • Cornell University Police
  • Cortland University Police
  • City University of New York Public Safety Department
  • Finger Lakes Community College Campus Safety
  • Hamilton College Campus Safety
  • Herkimer County Community College Campus Safety
  • Ithaca College Police Department
  • Le Moyne College Department of Security
  • Nassau County Community College Department of Public Safety
  • Marist College Campus Safety
  • Medgar Evers College Security
  • Monroe Community College – Brighton Public Safety
  • Monroe Community College – Damon City – Protective Services
  • Onondaga Community College Campus Safety
  • Plattsburgh State University Police
  • Purchase College University Police
  • Queens College Security
  • Rockland Community College Office of Public Safety
  • State University of New York Police
  • Suffolk County Community College Office of Public Safety
  • Sullivan County Community College Public Safety Department
  • Syracuse University – Public Safety
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College Office of Public Safety
  • U.S. Military Academy – West Point, Military Police
  • Wells College Department of Campus Safety

 

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