Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor
Anthony J. Annucci, Acting Commissioner

Contact: Thomas W. Mailey
Office of Public Information
(518) 457-8182

For immediate release:

For immediate release: January 25, 2013

New York State Correction Officer Examination Scheduled for April 13, 2013

To maintain safety and security and to keep pace with attrition rates in New York’s prisons, a competitive Civil Service exam for the position of Correction Officer Trainee, both English- and Spanish-speaking, will be given statewide on April 13, 2013.

The starting annual salary for a Correction Officer is $39,014. Upon successful completion of the eight-week training program and a one-year probationary period, the annual salary increases to $46,990. Pay differentials exist where applicable. Officers also receive a health insurance program, benefits package and retirement program. There are multiple promotional opportunities within the Department as well.

Commissioner Fischer said, “We encourage as many people as possible to take this exam, the first since October, 2010. Our goal is to continue to diversify our work force by offering opportunities within DOCCS to as many qualified individuals as possible.”

He added, “The Correction Officers of New York have demonstrated time and again that they are among the most professional and hardest-working employees of this state. I urge all eligible candidates, especially women and minorities, to consider joining their ranks for a rewarding and fulfilling career.”

The Department’s security workforce oversees 54,671 offenders within 60 facilities and employs 17,464 Correction Officers, 1,201 Sergeants, 488 Lieutenants, 89 Captains and another 298 Correction Officer Trainees in the training pipeline. New York’s modest five percent annual turnover rate for Correction Officers confirms job satisfaction.

Individuals interested in taking April’s competitive exam must complete and submit an application with a non-refundable $35 fee. Applications must be postmarked by February 25, 2013.

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