The work involves responsibility for administering and directing the law enforcement activities of a town or village police department. Under the general direction of a village board, or a police commission (depending on jurisdiction), an employee in this class performs responsible work involving the administration and management for the planning, directing, coordinating, and reviewing law enforcement policies and procedures and related activities of a town or village police department. An employee in this class exercises management and supervision over a number of police and civilian employees of different ranks and responsibilities.

Employees in this class evaluate the supervision and activities of subordinate supervisors, officers and civilians who perform line and support functions within the agency. Town and village police departments are typically small local forces of fewer than fifty full-time personnel, exercising jurisdiction in communities of less than 75,000 population. Specialized and compartmentalized functions may or may not be performed within the agency. A full range of standard police duties including patrol, investigation, crime prevention, youth services, traffic enforcement, accident investigation, and coordination with county, state and federal law enforcement agencies is performed by town and village agencies under the direction of the police chief. An employee in this position works in close contact with the general public, their respective board and the citizenry of the community. Familiarity with local geography, businesses, schools and residents is helpful in this position.

For the purpose of Civil Service test construction and administration, Police Departments within Onondaga County are identified as being either type A or B. The determiner is the size, span of control and levels of classification found within the Police Department.


Type A Police Departments are: Village of East Syracuse Village of Skaneateles

Village of Liverpool Village of Marcellus




Formulates departmental policies, establishes departmental procedures, and issues written directives to sworn and civilian personnel.

Plans assignments of officers and supervisors to achieve optimum police service to the community.

Observes activities and reviews reports of subordinates to determine patterns of criminal activity and other public safety problems within the jurisdiction.

Monitors compliance of employees with statutes and rules and regulations of the agency, and maintains current training in accepted procedures and practices of law enforcement.

Investigates complaints involving personnel, procedures or performance of the department, and initiates disciplinary or other corrective actions as necessary to reduce liability and maintain professional standards of conduct and performance.

Maintains liaison with state and local law enforcement agencies to coordinate joint law enforcement activities and to exchange information pertaining to criminal incidents and investigations.

Evaluates performance of police and civilian personnel according to departmental standards.

Supervises the preparation of state, federal, and local reports on police activities and criminal activity within the jurisdiction.

Supervises the preparation of the department's budget and recommends the purchase of necessary equipment and supplies. Administers the budget approved for the department by the appropriate local government body.

Informs the public regarding departmental policies and activities to maintain public awareness and support of the department, and to foster cooperation between the citizens and the officers of the department. Maintains liaison with the media to support public awareness and public safety education.

Manages, supervises and/or participates in investigations of major crimes or incidents as required.




Thorough knowledge of accepted principles and practices of law enforcement as applied to town and village police agencies.

Good knowledge of New York State Penal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Vehicle and Traffic Law and other relevant state and local laws.

Good knowledge of accepted principles and practices of administration and supervision as applied to police work.

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Ability to supervise and effectively command others in emergencies.

Ability to deal firmly, persuasively and effectively with the general public, municipal officials, the media, and others in a manner conducive to cooperative relationships.





A. One (1) year of permanent competitive class status in the title of Police Captain; or,

B. Two (2) years of permanent competitive class status in the title of Police Lieutenant; or,

C. Four (4) years of permanent competitive class status in the title of Police Sergeant; or,

D. A satisfactory equivalent combination of the above described experience.


Open Competitive:

Eight (8) years of work experience, or its part time equivalent, as a Police Officer, four (4) years of which must have been in a combination of one or more supervisory titles.




In accordance with Section 58.1.b of Civil Service Law ". no person shall be eligible for appointment nor shall he or she be appointed to any rank above the rank of Police Officer unless he or she has been appointed a Police Officer from an eligible list established according to merit and fitness as provided by section six of article five of the Constitution of the State of New York or has previously served as a member of the New York State Police."



12/2013 Date Revised