The work involves responsibility for enforcing federal and state law and local ordinances in Onondaga County and maintaining order by performing routine police duties on an assigned shift and assisting in the investigation and apprehension of suspects and criminals. Prior to assignments, candidates are required to complete formal training under the New York State Municipal Police Training Council and the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office Field Training and Evaluation Program. Upon completion of course requirements, the employee may be required to exercise considerable independent judgement in emergency situations. Supervision is received from a superior officer. Work is assigned verbally or in writing and is reviewed through submission of reports. Supervision is not ordinarily exercised by employees in this class. Does related work as required.





Maintains routine vehicle patrol within an assigned area in the County.

May perform investigatory work in plain clothes.

May perform initial investigatory work in Organized Crime and Intelligence Unit or Investigations Sections.

May check doors and windows of unoccupied business and residential property.

Investigates suspicious activities and makes arrests for violations of Federal and State Laws and local ordinances.

Escorts prisoners to Justice Center, hospitals and to court and has them booked on charges.

Watches for and makes investigations of wanted and missing persons, stolen cars and property.

Required to work a significant amount of overtime throughout the year.

May direct traffic and enforce parking regulations.

Maintains order in crowds at parades and other public assemblies.

Answers questions for and directs the public.

Receives complaints from the public.

Broadcasts radio messages and sends computer messages.

Make daily reports of activities.





Ability to become skilled and proficient in the use of a firearm.

Ability to establish and maintain good relationships with the general public.

Ability to exercise sound judgement in all instances based upon knowledge/training gained during academy programs, minimizing potential harm to the general public and oneself.

Ability to use a computer. Ability to operate an automobile.

Ability to follow commands and to exercise independent judgement in emergencies.

Ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written directions.

Ability to learn the proper use and care of firearms.

Ability to meet the physical and medical requirements as established by the Municipal Police Training Council.

Ability to maintain required Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.

Ability to work significant amounts of overtime.

Physical condition commensurate with the demand of the position.





Age: Candidates must be at least 19 years and 6 months old on or before the written examination to be admitted to the test. Eligibility for appointment begins when candidates reach their 20th birthday.





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Age Cont.


On April 26, 1999, Chapter 32 of the Laws of 1999 amended Section 58 of Civil Service Law to establish a maximum age limitation of 35 years of age as of the date the individual takes the written examination (eligibility ceases upon a candidates 35th birthday). Time spent on military duty, not exceeding a total of six (6) years (Volunteer service after July 1, 1970 is limited to a total of four (4) years unless performed during a period of war or national emergency), shall be subtracted from the age of any applicant who has passed his/her 35th birthday.




Candidates must be high school graduates or holders of a high school equivalency diploma issued by an education department of any of the states of the United States or holders of a comparable diploma issued by any territory commonwealth, or possession of the United States or by the Canal Zone or holders of a report from the United States Armed Forces certifying successful completion of the tests related to general education development, high school level at time of appointment.




Candidates must be citizens of the United States.




Possession of a New York State Operators License.




Candidates must meet the prescribed general physical conditions as stated in the Municipal Police Training Council standards.


Moral Character:


Candidates must be of good moral character with no conviction of felony Conviction of a misdemeanor or other offense including traffic violation may bar appointment.




Psychiatric and Polygraph Examination may be required of any successful candidate prior to appointment.




Candidates must have resided in the United States of America or one of its territories for not less than one (1) month immediately preceding the date of written examination and must maintain residency in Onondaga or contiguous counties through the certification process and after date of appointment.


04/2008 Revised