Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Correctional Services
Glenn S. Goord, Commissioner

Office of Public Information
[518] 457-8182

For immediate release:

Tuesday June 20, 2006

New York state Correction Officer examination scheduled for September 9, 2006

A statewide competitive Civil Service exam for the position of Correction Officer Trainee will be held on September 9, 2006.

There are no minimum requirements for taking this written examination. However, at the time of appointment, you must have passed the written exam, you must be 21 or older, a U.S. citizen and a resident of New York, and possess a high school diploma or GED. Appointees must also have passed medical and psychological screenings, as well as a background investigation. Conviction for a felony automatically disqualifies anyone from becoming a Correction Officer. Misdemeanor convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine eligibility.

The starting annual salary for a Trainee is $34,329. After completing the eight-week training program and the full one-year probationary period, each officer will earn 16 college credits and receive an approximate 20 percent pay increase to $41,348. In addition to the base salary, appointees will receive a comprehensive health insurance program, retirement benefits, and pre-shift briefing which amounts to $1,727 annually.

Select Mid-Hudson and New York City areas will receive an addition to their salary, which is contingent upon contract approval. An evening and night shift inconvenience pay program is also being negotiated.

"Correction Officers stand on the frontlines of our prisons ensuring safety among our staff, inmates and our communities," said Commissioner Glenn S. Goord. "I'm excited about the opportunities this career will offer the men and women of our state."

"With the assistance of our Governor, we have the necessary tools to ensure a safe workplace. The rate of inmate-on-staff assaults and inmate-on-inmate assaults are the lowest since 1981."

Commissioner Goord invites as many qualified individuals as possible to consider joining our 19,600 Correction Officer workforce. Hiring is expected to begin shortly after the Department of Civil Service scores and validates the test.

In order to have a successful recruitment for September's competitive exam, test announcements and applications will be distributed at multiple locations and include the Department of Civil Service's website ( as well as their Albany location, their regional Civil Service offices, local NYS Employment Offices, and all State correctional facilities

In addition, announcements and applications can be obtained by contacting Correctional Services at NYSDOCS, Correction Officer Recruitment Unit, Building 2, State Office Campus, 1220 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY, 12226 or by calling us at (518) 457-8131, or via the internet at

Individuals who passed the April 8, 2006 exam (24-580 and 24-581) will remain eligible for appointment. Anyone who took the April exam is not eligible to take this holding.