Hospital Public Safety Officer

Modified: December 31, 2018 12:43pm

invites applications for the position of:

Hospital Public Safety Officer

#66-568 - Open Competitive (open to the public)

Salary: $46,156 – $59,751 Annually (2019)
Opening Date: December 21, 2018
Closing Date: January 23, 2019
Application fee: $20.00

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See changes under Residence Requirements

Residence Requirements:

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There are four vacancies and an additional four anticipated vacancies at the Erie County Medical Center Corporation. 

Examples of Duties:

Hospital Public Safety Officer provides public safety at buildings and property at the Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMCC) and off-campus ECMCC facilities to ensure the protection of staff, patients and visiting public; 

Patrols buildings, parking lots, adjoining areas and off-campus ECMCC facilities to ensure the safety of employees, visitors, patients and property;

Operates emergency vehicles;

Makes arrests of individuals in violation of the law;

Assists staff in controlling and restraining clients under the guidance of professional medical personnel;

Observes parking lots and other areas adjoining ECMCC properties with closed-circuit television cameras;

Removes disorderly persons from premises;

Conducts searches of the facilities as required when threatening situations occur such as bomb threats;

Carries defensive weapons with administrative approval such as department issued firearms, handcuffs and other authorized equipment;

Provides security for payroll shipments, money draws, vaults containing valuables, money transfers, money transports and other ECMCC property;

Performs daily duties such as logging incidents, completes police reports, obtains depositions and witness statements, and completes other forms and reports as required;

Operates equipment such as, but not limited to, surveillance cameras and monitors, fire alarm systems, panic alarm systems, radio communication systems, computers, telephones;

Operates computers to utilize Erie County Central Police Services programs and other electronic programs related to law enforcement;

Responds to alarms of fire and performs duties necessary to protect life and property, including the use of fire suppression apparatus and evacuation of patients, visitors and staff;

Responds to panic alarms to protect patients, staff and visitors;

Responds to emergency situations within the facility and controls vehicles and/or pedestrian traffic;

Inspects buildings and grounds for potential fire hazards or other safety problems;

Performs duties relative to safety and fire protection such as safety inspections of equipment and the physical plant and immediate correction of hazards;

Furnishes information and assistance to visitors, employees and patients;

Enforces ECMCC policies and procedures as directed;

Detects crime and pursues and apprehends violators;

Investigates all emergencies, incidents, vehicle accidents, provides written reports, collects evidence and testifies in court cases.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates must meet one of the following requirements on or before the date of the written test:

Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and:

A) Completion of a minimum of sixty (60) semester credit hours from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university; or:

B) Two (2) years of experience as a military police officer or law enforcement officer; or:

C) Successful completion of the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services-approved Pre-Employment Police Basic Training Course; or:

D) An equivalent combination of training and experience* (see Note 1) as defined by the limits of (A), (B) and (C).


1) United States Citizenship at time of application; and

2) Resident of Erie County at time of application for exam, at time of appointment and residence maintained during employment; and

3) Possession and maintenance of a valid New York State Driver’s License at time of appointment and throughout duration of employment; and

4) Possession and maintenance of a valid New York State Pistol Permit**(see Note 2) at time of appointment and throughout duration of employment; and

5) Completion of a firearms training course for Peace Officers within six (6) months of appointment and possession and maintenance of qualification as a New York State Peace Officer within one (1) year of appointment and throughout duration of employment; and

6) Subject to behavioral-based assessment, background investigation, medical exam and Division of Criminal Justice Services fingerprinting for appointment; and

7) May be required to successfully complete a Physical Fitness Test for appointment; and

8) Subject to applicable provisions of New York State Public Officers Law; and

9) Possession and maintenance of Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification before completion of the probationary period and throughout duration of permanent appointment; and

10) Completion of the New York State Office of Mental Health Preventing and Managing Crisis Situations Training as provided by a New York State authorized training agency before completion of the probationary period.


1. *Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements.

2. **Possession of a valid New York State Pistol Permit is required in order to complete a firearms training course for Peace Officers.

3. In consideration of the need for strict ethics and in recognition of the industry standard for Law Enforcement there will be zero tolerance for the use of illegal drugs by the members of the Erie County Medical Center Security and Safety Management Department. All employees employed in said titles at ECMCC shall be subject to random drug testing pursuant to a random testing policy agreed to between ECMCC and the AFSCME Union. Illegal drugs are any drug or controlled substance which is (1) not legally obtainable or (2) is legally obtainable but was not legally obtained. Any positive test for illegal drug use having been independently tested twice and confirmed as positive without any prescription or other legally acceptable documentation for the use of the substance found in the test could result in termination of employment.

4. Your degree and/or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the New York State Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. A grade of "D" or better is necessary for a course to be credited as successfully completed. If your degree and/or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside of the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to this Department for a list of acceptable companies providing this service; you must pay the required evaluation fee.

Notice to Candidates: Transcripts will now be accepted by the Department of Personnel ONLY at time of application.
All subsequent transcripts must be submitted at time of interview.


A medical examination may be required before appointment.



Examination date:

March 2, 2019

Applications Must Be Postmarked or Hand Delivered By:

January 23, 2019

A Guide for the Written Test for Safety and Security is available at the New York State website: . Candidates not having access to a computer or the internet may request copy of the test guide from the municipal civil service office conducting this examination using the contact information found elsewhere on this announcement.


Subjects of Examination:

SUBJECTS OF EXAMINATION: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:

1. Applying written information in a safety and security setting

These questions evaluate your ability to read, interpret and apply rules, regulations, directives, written narratives and other related material. You will be required to read a set of information and to appropriately apply the information to situations similar to those typically experienced in a public safety and security service setting. All information needed to answer the questions is contained in the rules, regulations, etc. which are cited.

2. Following directions (maps)

These questions test your ability to follow physical/geographic directions using street maps or building maps. You will have to read and understand a set of directions and then use them on a simple map.

3. Preparing written material

These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences. 

NOTICE TO CANDIDATES: Unless otherwise noted, candidates are permitted to use quiet, hand held, solar or battery powered calculators. Devices with typewriter keyboards, "Spell Checkers", “Personal Digital Assistants", "Address Books", "Language Translators", "Dictionaries", or any similar devices are prohibited. You may not bring books or other reference materials.


APPLICATION FORMS: You may obtain these forms in person at the Erie County Personnel Department, Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo. Forms are also available in the libraries and at Town, Village and School District administrative offices.

Mail your application form when completed to the Erie County Department of Personnel, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202.

Candidates who submit incomplete applications and documentation may be disqualified. The Erie County Department of Personnel reserves the right to reject for lateness or to accept applications filed after the advertised filing period.

MILITARY STATUS: Active duty military personnel may file an application for this exam. A special military make-up examination will be conducted for any member of the armed forces of the United States who has duly filed a timely application but who was deprived of the opportunity to compete in the scheduled exam due to active military duty. Special conditions apply to these requests and may be reviewed at the Erie County Department of Personnel.

VETERANS: Disabled and non-disabled veterans as defined in Section 85, New York State Civil Service Law, will have 10 and 5 points, respectively added to their earned scores if successful in the examination. You must claim these credits when you file application but you have an option to waive them any time prior to appointment. If you have already used these credits for a permanent position in NYS, you may not claim them again.

In conformance with section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, CHILDREN OF FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS: Applicants whose religious beliefs prevent their taking examinations before sundown on Saturday and physically handicapped candidates who require special examination facilities should so inform the Erie County Department of Personnel, by a separately mailed letter at the earliest possible date before the test.

MORE THAN ONE EXAM ON THE SAME DAY: If you have applied for more than one exam on the same day you MUST make arrangements to take ALL of the examinations at ONE examination test site. If you have applied for both STATE and LOCAL government examinations taking place on the same day, you must take all of your examinations at the STATE examination center. If you have applied for both COUNTY and CITY government examinations taking place on the same day, you must take all of your examinations at the COUNTY examination center. You are responsible to notify EACH Civil Service Agency no later than TWO WEEKS before the examination date on which you are taking multiple examinations by submitting a Cross-Filer form; EACH Civil Service Agency has their own Cross-Filer form. The Erie County Cross-Filer form can be found at If you are taking multiple exams on the same date with Erie County only, you do not have to file a Cross-Filer form.

Candidates taking more than one exam in DIFFERENT exam series will be allowed the specified length of time for each exam, up to a maximum of eight hours. Example: If you are taking one exam which allows six hours and another exam in a different series which allows four hours, you must complete both tests in eight hours, but no more time can be spent on each exam than the time allotted for that exam. Candidates taking more than one exam in the SAME exam series will be allowed up to the specified length of time for each exam. Example: If you are taking two exams in the same series with a maximum time of five hours for each exam, you can spend no more than five hours to complete both exams.

ADMISSION TO EXAMINATION: Notice to appear for the test will be conditional as review of application for minimum requirements may not be made until after the written test. Call or write this Department if you have not received your notice 3 days before the date of the test. You may not be admitted to the examination room without official notice.

RATINGS REQUIRED: Tests are rated on a scale of 100 with a passing mark at 70. Unless the announcement states otherwise, you must pass the written test and the oral test, if any. Test instructions may further divide the tests into parts and set minimum standards for each part.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: If a subject of the examination, training and experience may not be rated if all passing candidates are expected to be immediately reachable for appointment. If rated, training and experience will be based on the statements in your application subject to verification. If this examination includes a qualifying written test, candidates admitted to the test will have conditional approval only. Final decision regarding the qualifications of candidates rests with the New York State Department of Civil Service.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION: You may be required to take a medical examination to determine if you are medically and physically capable of performing the duties of the position. In accordance with State Law, Governor’s Executive Order 6, and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended the County of Erie does not discriminate against handicapped persons in access to employment, during employment, or in any of its programs and activities.

VERIFICATION OF QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates may be investigated or called for an interview to verify information contained on the application. Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience may be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements.

ELIGIBLE LIST: The eligible list resulting from an examination may also be used for appointment to the same title or to any other title deemed to be similar and appropriate. Eligible lists are active for a minimum of one year and a maximum of four years from the date established.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION (*including psychological evaluation when required by position): Candidates may be subject to a thorough background investigation or psychological evaluation when required to determine eligibility for appointment. Applicants may be required to authorize access to educational, employment, criminal history and other records check as part of such investigation or participate in related tests or interviews. Criminal convictions or other offense are subject to evaluation and may result in disqualification pursuant to Section 50 of the New York State Civil Service Law. Applicant will be required to submit the necessary fees for the fingerprint processing, where required. (*If a psychological evaluation is required, it shall be specified in the minimum qualifications or special requirements for the position.)


A $20.00 filing fee is required for this exam. The required fee must accompany your application. Send or bring check or money order made payable to Erie County Personnel Department and write the examination number(s) on your check or money order. Do not send or bring cash, as the County cannot be responsible for cash payment. As no refund will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified.

APPLICATION FEE WAIVER: A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income payments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or local social service agency.

All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification. If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification: form and submit it with your application by the close of business on the Application Deadline as listed on the Examination Announcement. The form is available at the Erie County Personnel Department, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY (Room 604) or can be downloaded from the County’s website at Click on “County Departments and Agencies”, then “Erie County Civil Service.”

This examination is prepared and rated by the New York State Department of Civil Service,
and held in compliance with the New York State Civil Service Law
and the rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Civil Service.

Frequently Requested Information


Phone: (716) 858-8484
Erie County Civil Service Exam Line: (716) 858-8729

Edward A. Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, 6th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202