Corrections and Court Officer

No matter what job a person looks for, or plans to obtain there will always be requirements and an application process. I picked this topic for my paper because I will eventually be in a world are jobs are limited. With a criminal justice bachelors degree I plan to do something in law enforcement. The understanding of the requirements and the process of being a police officer, correction officer or court officer can be very helpful in the field I plan on pursuing. I am using this paper as a way to gain insight into the application process.

NYPD: Employment Requirements New York’s finest are all put to the test before being selected to join the best. The employment requirements include: • A passing grade on the civil service exam • An age of at least 21 on the day of being hired • United States Citizenship on or before the day of being hired • 60 college credits from accredited College or University with a 2. 0 G. P. A or higher or two years of Military service within the US Armed Forces with a honorable discharge and a high school diploma or GED.

• Residency in the five boroughs of New York City or the surrounding counties such as Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Orange, Westchester, and Putnam. • A valid, unrestricted New York State Drivers License on the day of being hired. • A fee of $75. 00 to get their fingerprints taken for investigation, as well as passing a drug/alcohol test and character background investigation (http://www. nypdrecruit. com/NYPD_ExamandEmploymentRequirements. aspx). Application Process After the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) administers the exams, they are responsible for forwarding the names of those who pass the test.

The New York Police Department then receives a list of names and the applicant processing division selects which individuals they will choose. Only the most qualified individuals are chosen to become our police officers, traffic enforcers, and school safety officers. Process includes a background check, a medical exam character pre-screening is inclusive followed by a character investigation, written psychological test, oral psychological test, job standard test, and a pre-hire interview (http://www. nyc. gov/html/nypd/html/careers/application_overview. shtml).

Corrections: Employment Requirements Qualifications are different depending on the agency, but all agencies require a high school diploma or equivalent such as a GED, Some may also require some college education or full-time work experience. The Federal Bureau of Prisons requires entry-level correctional officers to have a bachelor’s degree, 3 years of full-time experience in a field providing counseling, assistance, or supervision to individuals, or both. Law enforcement or small institutions require correctional officers to be at least 18 to 21 years of age, be a U. S. citizen or permanent resident, and have no felony convictions.

Some agencies require previous experience in law enforcement or the military, but college credits can be substituted for those requirements. Other agencies require demonstration of job stability. This usually includes 2 years of work experience which does not need to be related to corrections or law enforcement. Correctional officers must be in good health this includes being physically fit, having good eyesight, and hearing.

Many jurisdictions use standard tests to determine applicant appropriateness to work in a correctional environment. Good judgment and the ability to think and act quickly are necessary. Applicants are screened for drugs and or alcohol, subject to background checks, and required to pass a written exam (http://www. bls. gov/oco/ocos156. htm#training). NEW YORK CORRECTIONS LOOK FOR: • A United States Citizen • 60 college credits by the end of Academy training, 21 of these from the academy • A High School diploma or its educational equivalent and 2 years of honorable full-time U. S. Military service

• 4-year High School diploma or its educational equivalent, and 2 years of full-time experience (a) in positions classified as Police Officers pursuant to Section 1. 20, sub. 34, of the NYS Criminal Procedure Law… or (b) in positions classified as Peace Officers pursuant to Section 2. 10 of the NYS Criminal Procedure Law, … or (c) positions requiring Special Patrolman designation… or (d) in positions with equivalent status or designations in Federal law enforcement or law enforcement in other states or municipalities • Must be at least 17 1/2 years of age on the last day of the filing period

Application Process • You must complete and submit an application before the due date • Applications must be submitted online or applications must be postmarked by the last day of the filing period of the exam you are applying for. • An Admissions Card will be mailed from DCAS telling you when and where to go to take the exam. • After you pass the written exam, your name will be put on the Correction Officer list. Once you are on the list, you usually have no more than four years to complete all the requirements necessary to be selected (http://www.

nyboldest. com/faqs. asp). Court Officer: Employment Requirements Candidates must take and pass a written examination. Everyone applying must be at least 18 years old at the time of appointment, a United States citizen, and a New York State resident and have a High School diploma or equivalent. Appointees must be legally eligible to carry a firearm in New York State. After passing the written exam, candidates have to take a Medical and Psychological Examination, a Physical Ability test and a Background Character Investigation.

All New York State Court Officer candidates will complete a ten-week training academy program. After graduation from the Academy, they will become certified peace officers of the State of New York. The training curriculum includes criminal and civil procedure law, basic firearms training, defensive tactics, first AID, CPR training, and gang intelligence. Application Process After the applicant has completed and passed the exam, they start the application process to become a trainee. This process includes:

• A Personal History Questionnaire and fee for fingerprinting • The Investigation • Conduct of Investigation • Investigation report • Court Officer Evaluation Board After this process is completed the candidate is then cleared for a future class. Although these jobs may, sound different most of the requirements are similar. Most of the requirements involve having a clean background, some type of education, and a good physique. Each one of these jobs is divides into many sections but each expects a passing grade on the civil service exam.

Many similarties exist between the application process, but many slight differences are found as well. These include age requirements, training, and work experience. Even though they have differences and similarities, they all involve keeping order and peace. For anyone who would want to work in any of these agencies my suggestion is wait till you are about the age of 18. Make sure you have some type of education some college. Have clean background, because if you have some type of felony the chances are that someone with a felony will not get the job.

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