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New York State Seeking Police Officer Training Candidates

Thursday, September 08, 2016

The Police Benevolent Association of New York State Law Enforcement is asking New Yorkers to think about pursuing a career in the police service as the state Department of Civil Service announces dates for this fall’s series of written exams.

The PBA of NYS is the exclusive bargaining unit for the New York State Environmental Conservation Police, New York State Forest Rangers, New York State Park Police and New York State University (SUNY) police.

The test will be held Nov. 19. The deadline to apply is Oct. 5.

“Working as a police officer at any of the state agencies can be a rewarding and exciting career,” said Dan De Federicis, PBA of NYS executive director and counsel. “Our officers protect New York’s natural resources, state parks, wildlands, SUNY campuses and all of the people who visit, work or play on state land. We urge New Yorkers to consider joining us in this fulfilling and important career.”

The state is hiring for the following positions. Minimum qualifications vary. Please see links for details about the position i, :

Forest Ranger 1, with a starting annual salary of $59,448.

Environmental Conservation Police Officer Trainee (English, Chinese and Spanish-speaking), with a starting annual salary of $54,243.

Park Police Officer Trainee (English and Spanish-speaking), with a starting annual salary of $55,179.

University Police Officer 1 (upstate and downstate, various languages), with a starting annual salary of $50,610.

Candidates to become an environmental conservation officer forest ranger take part in a formal 26-week residential training program in Pulaski, Oswego County. The training is mentally and physically demanding, and includes training in such things as vehicle pursuit, hand-to-hand combat, firearms handling and discharge, and the operations of all-terrain vehicles, including snow machines. Successful candidates are fully sworn law enforcement officers who patrol and investigate crimes and other incidences on millions of acres of state land, including wildlands and bodies of water. They have police authority throughout the state. They are often asked to conduct search-and-rescue operations in New York’s most rugged terrain. They are supervised by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

State Park police officers work within the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. They undergo a similar, 26-week paramilitary training at Camp Cass in Rensselaerville, Albany County. They have police full authority across the state and are primarily responsible for protecting, patrolling and enforcing the law at 180 state parks from Niagara Falls to Montauk Point, and at a multitude of historic sites.

University police are fully sworn officers responsible for the safety of students, staff and visitors on 29 State University of New York campuses. They have jurisdictional law enforcement throughout the state. Campus crimes often mirror crimes in the general community. SUNY police must be prepared for a multitude of situations, including thefts, driving infractions, intoxicated people, injuries, active shooters, crime scene investigations and drug overdoses, among others. They are fully equipped and operate with a variety of supplemental tools, including bike patrols, K-9 units.

All of the state’s agency police officers rely on education and communications programs to complement their work to protect the people and property of New York state.

The PBA of New York State is the exclusive bargaining agent for the New York State University (SUNY) Police, the New York State Environmental Conservation Police, the New York State Park Police, and the New York State Forest Rangers. Our members police and protect New York State’s public universities and colleges; state parks and historic sites; and they enforce state laws and protect our lands and forests and ensure environmental safety and quality throughout the state.