The Selection Process for Employing
Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sheriff’s (Criminal Division) New Hires
and Lateral Transfers:
The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office utilizes a two-step process for selecting
individuals to be hired as Deputy Sheriff’s.
Apply for and take the Niagara County Civil Service Deputy
Sheriff entrance examination. Passing the exam is not enough, you must score
high enough (typically in the 100 to 85 percentage range) to be considered for
Once positions open within the Sheriff’s Office the second step of the selection
A Physical Agility Test is given to the top candidates on
the Civil Service List.
An Eligibility List is prepared with those candidates who
have successfully completed the Physically Agility Test. The Niagara County
Sheriff’s Office utilizes a Residential Eligibility List only. To be included
on this list, the candidate must be a
County resident for 30 days prior to the list being
requested by the appointing authority.
Canvass letters are sent to the top candidates on the
Residential Eligibility List.
Formal Interviews are conducted with the Sheriff and
An Employment Application and Background Questionnaire are
completed by those candidates selected to continue in the employment process.
A review of completed Background Questionnaires is
completed and a full Background Investigation begins on successful candidates.
The Background Investigation includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Criminal History Check
Upon successful completion of the background process,
successful candidates may be given a conditional offer of employment.
Once the medical and psychological exams have been
successfully completed, the candidates will be sworn in as Deputy Sheriff of the
Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.
Newly hired Police Officers must
successfully complete the 22 week New York State Basic Police Officers Basic
Training Academy (based upon current
State, Division of Criminal Justice Services,
Municipal Police Training Council guidelines). The Sheriff’s Office also
requires successful completion of a minimum 12 week Supervised Field Training
Officer program. The candidate must also successfully complete an 18 month
The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office periodically seeks candidates to take the
Deputy Sheriff's Civil Service Examination. Interested applicants must:
Graduation from high school or possession of a high school
equivalency diploma and completion of sixty (60) hours of approved college
credit, or graduation from high school or possession of a high school
equivalency diploma and three (3) years of full-time active duty military
be 19 years at the date of the exam and 20 years old at
the date of appointment;
be a U.S. Citizen;
be a licensed driver with good driving record;
be in good physical condition;
have no felony convictions.
If you are currently employed as a
State certified full time Police Officer with a
Permanent Civil Service classification, and you are interested in employment
with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, you may be eligible to be hired as a
lateral transfer. To be eligible you must:
Have a clean service record
Have been hired from a valid New York State Civil Service
Have successfully completed the
Successfully complete one year of probation with your
The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office
looks for the following qualifications in a lateral transfer deputy sheriff;
five years or less of law enforcement experience, a resident of or willing to
move to the
Niagara, a minimum of 60 college credits preferably
in a criminal justice curriculum. Military experience and a recommendation by a
current Sheriff’s Office member are helpful.
If you are interested in being
considered as a lateral transfer police officer to the Niagara County Sheriff’s
Office please forward a resume to the attention of:
Sheriff James R. Voutour
Niagara County Sheriff’s Office
5526 Niagara Street Ext.
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 6 years
of service, you are eligible to test for promotion to Captain and Investigator.
Benefits: Dependant on Job Classification
Vacation: 10 working
days after the first year accumulating up to a maximum of 25.
Personal Leave/Holidays: 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 Maintenance: $400.00 -
$750.00 yearly for maintenance.
Retirement Plan: NYS
Retirement System, Criminal Deputy - 20 year plan, Correction Deputy - 25 year
Understanding the Appointment
Process for Police Officers is available at:
A Guide to the Written Test for
Entry Level Police Series is available at:
www.cs.state.ny.us/testing/test guides/entry level police officer test guide.pdf
Medical and Physical Fitness
Standards and Procedures for Police Officer Candidate is available at:
Frequently Asked Questions: Police
officer Examination is available at: