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Please use the following links to find the minimum requirements for several entry-level positions with the Sheriff's Office:

Deputy Sheriff - Criminal 
Deputy Sheriff - Officer 
Correction Officer

 


 


DEPUTY SHERIFF – CRIMINAL

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:

The work involves performing general law enforcement a crime prevention work involving the protection of life and property, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, rendering appropriate assistance when summoned in an emergency, and exercising the responsibility for properly executing the mandates of the Courts, both Civil and Criminal, by serving, processing and executing various types of legal processes. Incumbents are assigned to one or a combination of functional units within the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. Work is performed under the direct or general supervision of an employee of higher rank and in accordance with established procedures and departmental/County regulations. Supervision is not normally a function of the class. Does related work as required.


TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:

 

  • Patrols an assigned area on foot or in a vehicle;
  • Apprehends crime suspects;
  • Enforces laws and ordinances, investigates complaints of suspicious or unusual activities, issues summonses, makes arrests;
  • Controls traffic and investigates vehicle accidents;
  • Obtains information regarding an incident by interviewing witnesses and/or victims;
  • Operates and maintains patrol vehicle;
  • Interacts with prisoners, provides security, safety and transportation of prisoners;
  • Protects property; safeguards and receipts found, seized or recovered property;
  • Prepares forms and reports;
  • Prepares evidence for court testimony; appears as a witness in court cases;
  • Photographs, fingerprints and makes case history files on suspects/arrestees;
  • Dispatches patrol units via radio; supplies legal/technical knowledge to patrol units;
  • Works with other governmental agencies in the preparation of statistical data or other matters concerning public safety;
  • Receives complaints concerning suspicious or illegal activities and relays same to the proper authority by teletype, radio or telephone for proper action;
  • Operates an alpha-numerical keyboard (computer terminal) for the retrieval or transmission of electronic information;
  • Answers questions and provides information to the public;
  • Interacts with the community by attending business, civic or school meetings to make a presentation or represent the Sheriff’s Office, and to maintain an awareness of community problems and concerns;
  • Records in appropriate ledgers or dockets, executions and other civil processes which are received from attorneys’, litigants’ and the public;
  • Reviews legal documents to verify correctness of form and content and adherence to required legal regulations;
  • Checks fees and other monies collected for accuracy and posts fees to proper account;
  • Maintains records of garnishee and attachment payments;
  • Prepares check for payment of funds to authorized person or agency;
  • Records daily bank deposits and checks monthly bank statements;
  • Assists in taking monthly trial balances of accounts;
  • Records results of property sales;
  • Executes civil orders of arrest and attachments by locating defendants and collecting fines or placing them under arrest;
  • Serves Orders of Possession and Writs of Assistance and arranges for and supervises the eviction of defendants;
  • Seizes and inventories real and personal property under Warrants or Writs and arranges for and supervises its appraisal and storage;
  • Locates and auctions property of defendants failing to pay assessments under Writs of Execution and receives and accounts for money received;
  • Operates an alpha-numerical keyboard (computer terminal) for the retrieval or transmission of electronic information.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Good knowledge of the New York State Penal Law, Vehicle and Traffic Law, Criminal Procedure Law, and the Civil Practices Law and Rules; good knowledge and proficiency in the use of firearms; good knowledge of legal regulations and procedures governing the execution, processing and serving of civil documents; working knowledge of the practices and procedures of accounting, particularly related to the collection and disbursement of funds; ability to get along well with others; ability to be courteous yet firm with the public; ability to understand and carry out complex oral and/or written instructions; ability to operate motor vehicles under emergency conditions, specifically being able to activate emergency equipment, operate police radio and use police equipment, i.e.: weapon, spotlight, etc. while simultaneously operating a moving vehicle; good powers of observation and memory; good judgment and mental alertness; demonstrated social awareness, integrity and responsibility; physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and in addition either:

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

B) Completion of a minimum of thirty (30) semester credit hours from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university and completion of one (1) year of active duty military service at time of appointment; or:

C) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

  • Candidates must possess a valid New York State Driver's License
  • Eligibility for appointment begins when a candidate reaches his 20th birthday.
  • Candidates who reach their 35th birthday before the date of the written examination are not eligible except as follows*:
  • Candidates may have a period of military duty or terminal leave up to six years, as defined in Section 243 (10-a) of the Military Law, deducted from their age for the purpose of meeting the age requirement. *Section 58.1(a) requires that applicants not be “more than thirty-five years of age as of the date when the applicant takes the written examination...”
  • Candidates who may be impacted by the maximum age requirement and who are requesting an alternate test date (for active military duty, Sabbath observance or for an alternate test date situation which meets the conditions of Erie County’s alternate test date policy) are advised to contact Erie County to discuss the request.
  • NOTE: Active duty military service does not include active duty for training.
  • NOTE: Up to one (1) year of active duty military service may be substituted for education on the basis of one (1) month of active duty equals 2.5 college semester credit hours.
  • NOTE: Conviction of a felony will bar and conviction of a misdemeanor or other offense may bar participation in examination and appointment.
  • NOTE: Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements.

 


DEPUTY SHERIFF - OFFICER

 DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: 

 This is routine security and guard work which involves responsibility for providing for the custody and well being of inmates while under detention in the County Holding Center, while in State and County courts for trial or hearing, during off-premises medical treatment or hospitalization, and during transport to and from the Holding Center.  Also maintains order and decorum in County buildings and in the courts.  Provides security for court staff, jurors, trial participants and spectators.  Works under well established procedures, but initiative and good judgment are expected in handling emergency situations.  Works under the supervision of a Sergeant or other officer of higher rank.  Supervision is exercised only over inmates.  Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: 

  • Performs guard duties at various locations in the Holding Center, ECMC Lockup, 
    County courts, State courts and Family courts, such as entrance and exits,
    receiving and detention rooms, court rooms, District Attorneys' offices, floors
    and galleries of the Holding Center, the clinic rooms, elevators, jury rooms 
    and other County buildings and offices;
  • Maintains security and discipline in the Holding Center courts, and ECMC Lockup;
    makes regular inspections in the Holding Center and courts, including checking
    locking devices and punching clocks; makes counts and prepares report sheets;
    maintains order and settles disturbances; notifies supervisor of all unusual 
    incidents;
  • Attends to the care and well being of inmates; secures and delivers sundries;
    delivers medical supplies; secures medical services and dispenses medicines;
    escorts inmates for interviews with attorneys, relatives and law enforcement
    agencies; directs the serving of meals; directs the maintenance of inmates'
    sanitation and hygiene; attends inmates' phone calls;
  • Performs clerical duties connected with the receiving, booking, searching and
    release of inmates; accepts and records clothing and property; issues uniforms
    and assigns cell blocks; makes out composite census reports; maintains records
    on inmates; arranges for clothing and records for transfer of persons to 
    courts, penal institutions and hospitals;
  • Guards prisoners of the Erie County Holding Center who are transferred to a 
    hospital for treatment during confinement, or to the court lockup for trial or 
    hearing; escorts prisoners to jail and courts; transports prisoners both in and 
    out of State;
  • Provides security for charges juries; serves as Court Crier during the 
    Crier's absence; retrieves papers for Court Clerks;
  • May assist the training instructor in training activities;
  • Performs duties and successfully completes the training that meets the standards
    of the New York State Commission of Corrections.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:
 
Good knowledge of techniques of penal and security operations; 
Ability to maintain the discipline of inmates; 
Ability to understand and follow routine oral and written instructions; 
Ability to deal with inmates firmly and fairly;
Ability to conduct simple household training of inmates; 
Unquestionable moral character; 
Strength and agility; 
Industry and dependability; 
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
 
Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma.
 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
 
1.  Candidates must have attained their 21st birthday at the time of original appointment and
must have satisfactory hearing.
 
2.  Chapter 134 of New York State Law of 1984, under Section 22-A of the Corrections Law,
and Section 217-A of County Law provides that conviction for a felony automatically bars
appointment as a Correction Officer or Deputy Sheriff Officer; and that prior conviction of a
misdemeanor may be disqualifying for these titles, after a review of the material facts of the
individual case.
 
3.  Candidates must possess a valid New York State Drivers License at time of appointment.
 
NOTE:  Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward 
meeting full-time experience requirements.

 


 


CORRECTION OFFICER

 

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:

The work involves guarding inmates confined to the County Correctional Facility, after sentencing by the courts for the lesser criminal violations. The incumbent looks after the inmates' well being, maintains discipline and super-vises their work activities. Inmates are guarded while they are performing their work assignments and during non-working hours. Work is performed under the supervision of the Correction Sergeant. Supervision is exercised over inmates as required by the Guard function. Supervision over other employees is not normally assigned to this class. Does related work as required.


TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:

  • Supervises and guards inmates sentenced by the courts to confinement in the
    County Correctional Facility for the lesser violations under Criminal Law;
    Guards and escorts inmates to clinics, recreation activities, church services,
    barber shops, mess halls, etc., and to interviews with relatives and
    attorneys;
  • Supervises and guards inmates during work assignments outside the Correctional
    Facility proper, such as farm and general maintenance work; issues work
    equipment and supplies as necessary;
  • Supervises and guards inmates during assigned general laboring work inside the
    facility such as cleaning, kitchen work or during work assignments in the
    various shops;
  • Guards inmates during their transfer to the County Medical Center;
  • Maintains discipline; enforces rules and regulations; maintains constant alert
    for attempts to escape, inmate disturbances or other unusual incidents;
    reports any such incident to Sergeant or other officer immediately and
    initiates corrective action, as appropriate; prepares incident reports for
    higher authority;
  • Performs duties related to receiving and discharge of inmates, such as searching
    inmates upon admittance and collecting information for the preparation of
    inmate records; delivers inmates' mail; answers phone inquiries; prepares
    and maintains records and files.


FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Good knowledge of procedures required in the operation of a penal facility;
ability to supervise the discipline of prisoners; ability to understand and
follow oral and written instructions; ability to deal firmly, yet empathetically
with inmates; ability to oversee simple hygienic and household training of
inmates; ability to think and act calmly in emergencies; good moral character;
ability to work well with others; strength and agility; industry and dependability;
physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

1. Vision - The candidate must have uncorrected vision of no less than 20/40
binocular, with neither eye less than 20/70, and must be correctable to 20/20
binocular. Left and right lateral (horizontal) field of vision shall be no less
than 85 degrees in each direction to produce a binocular horizontal field of
vision of at least 170 degrees. Peripheral vision determination is to be made
without correction.

2. Candidates must have attained their twenty first (21) birthday at the time
of original appointment and must have satisfactory hearing.

3. Chapter 134 of New York State Law of 1984, under Section 22-A of the
Corrections Law, and Section 217-A of County Law provides that conviction for a
felony automatically bars appointment as a Correction Officer or Deputy Sheriff
Officer; and that prior conviction of a misdemeanor may be disqualifying for
these titles, after a review of the material facts of the individual case.

4. Possession of a valid New York State motor vehicle operator's license.
NOTE: Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward
meeting full-time experience requirements.