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Candidates applying for both this examination and the State Correction Officer Trainee and/or Correction Officer Trainee (Spanish Language) MUST TAKE BOTH EXAMINATIONS at a STATE Test Center. Candidates who are taking both must notify Niagara County of their intention to take the State Examination.

Residence Requirement: Candidates must have been legal residents of Niagara County for at least one (1) month immediately preceding the date of the written examination and must be legal resident of the county at the time of appointment.

Minimum Qualifications:

AGE: candidates must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.

EDUCATION: applicant must be a high school graduate or a holder of a high school equivalency diploma issued by an education department of any of the states of the United States or a holder of a comparable diploma issued by any commonwealth, territory or possession of the United States or by the Canal Zone or a holder of a report from the United States Armed Forces certifying successful completion of the tests of general education development, high school level. Applicants who do not possess high school equivalency are eligible to take the examination, but will not be eligible for appointment until they obtain an equivalency diploma. Further information on how to obtain a New York State Equivalency Diploma, write the New York State Education Department, Albany, NY.

PHYSICAL & MEDICAL: candidates must meet the medical and physical fitness requirements as prescribed by the Niagara County Personnel Officer at the time of examination and also at the time of appointment and any additional psychological and/or psychiatric examinations as may be prescribed by the Municipal Civil Service Commission. A copy of the physical fitness and medical standards is available upon request from the Civil Service Office.


DRIVERS LICENSE: to be eligible for appointment, candidates must possess a valid New York State Driver's License. A copy of your license must be attached to your application.

CORRECTIONS TRAINING: completion of New York State Commission of Corrections training within one year (1) of appointment.

SECURITY CLEARANCE: must have a security clearance by a government agency (FBI, or Sheriff) Security clearance must not be over one (1) year old at the time of appointment.

CITIZENSHIP: candidates must be citizens of the United States at the time of appointment in accordance with Article 2, Section 3 of the New York State Public Officer's Law. By New York State Law, a Correction Officer is a peace officer and must be qualified to hold such and must be a US Citizen.

Promotional Opportunities

As you gain experience, you may apply for other positions within the Sheriff’s Office. Some positions may be lateral while others require civil service promotional exams.

After 3 years of service, you are eligible to test for promotion to Sergeant.

After 2 years of service as a Corrections Sergeant or 6 years service as a Corrections Officer, you are eligible to test for promotion to Lieutenant.  

After 3 years of service as a Corrections Lieutenant  or 4 years of service as a Corrections Sergeant, you are eligible to test for promotion to Captain.

BENEFITS: Dependent on Job Classification

VACATION: 10 working days after the first year accumulating up to a maximum of 25.

PERSONAL LEAVE / HOLIDAY: 3 personal days per year, 14 paid holidays per year, 13 extra days, Military and Bereavement Leave are available.

SICK LEAVE: 1 sick day per month is earned to a maximum of 210 days

HEALTH INSURANCE: The county provides employees with health care coverage under the Niagara Co. Self Insured Health Plan. New employees will contribute 10% per year.

UNIFORM ALLOWANCE: $400.00 - $750.00 yearly for maintenance.

RETIREMENT: NYS Retirement System, Correction Deputy - 25 year plan.