Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Correctional Services
David A. Paterson, Governor
Brian Fischer, Commissioner

Office of Public Information
(518) 457-8182

For immediate release:

July 7, 2008

New York State Correction Officer Examination Scheduled for Oct. 18, 2008

A statewide competitive Civil Service exam for the position of correction officer trainee will be held on October 18, 2008.

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. Applications must be postmarked by September 2, 2008.

The starting annual salary for a trainee is $34,329. After completing the eight-week training program, each trainee receives a $200 lump sum payment. After six months, trainees’ salaries increase to $36,111. After the full one-year probationary period, each officer will earn 16 college credits and receive an approximate 20 percent pay increase over the starting salary, 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.

Officers working at correctional facilities in the New York City area and select Mid-Hudson areas will receive an addition to their salary. There are also evening and night shift inconvenience pay programs.

“The safety of our communities and our correctional facilities depends on well-trained, dedicated correction officers,” said New York State Department of Correctional Services Commissioner Brian Fischer. “This exam is the starting point for an exciting career for the men and women of New York.

“The rate of inmate-on-staff and inmate-on-inmate assaults has dropped dramatically in the last 25 years. Governor Paterson is committed to doing all we can to continue to protect our law enforcement officers in order to ensure public safety.”

Commissioner Fischer noted Governor Paterson’s commitment to diversity in the workforce and is encouraging women and minorities to apply to join New York’s 19,736-member correction officer workforce.

In order to have a successful recruitment for October’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, The Harriman State 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 12, 2008 exam (24-997 and 24-998) will remain eligible for appointment. However, anyone who took the April exam is not eligible to take this holding.