Correction Officer and Deputy Sheriff-Officer

Modified: November 1, 2019 8:33am

invites applications for the position of:

Correction Officer and Deputy Sheriff-Officer

#65-961 - Open Competitive (open to the public)

Salary: $48,599 - $63,775 Annually
Opening Date: November 1, 2019
Closing Date: December 11, 2019
Application fee: $30.00

Residence Requirements:

CANDIDATES MUST HAVE BEEN LEGAL RESIDENTS OF ERIE COUNTY FOR AT LEAST ONE MONTH IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE DATE OF THE WRITTEN TEST AND MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF ERIE COUNTY AT THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT. The eligible list resulting from this examination will be used to fill future Deputy Sheriff – Officer and Correction Officer positions in Erie County Sheriff's Department. Permanent appointment to either title will remove a candidate from this eligible list.

Examples of Duties:

Correction Officer guards inmates confined to the County Correctional Facility, after sentencing by the courts for the lesser criminal violations;

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.

Deputy Sheriff-Officer  performs 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; 

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.


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

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


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.

5. Applicants will be required to successfully complete a Physical Fitness Test prior to appointment.

Applicants will be subject to an extensive pre-employment background investigation and psychological evaluation. CONVICTION OF A FELONY WILL BAR AND CONVICTION OF A MISDEMEANOR OR OTHER OFFENSE MAY BAR PARTICIPATION IN EXAMINATION AND APPOINTMENT. 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. The psychological evaluation will consist of a combination of psychological tests and interviews. Candidates must pass the psychological evaluation. In addition, a negative report or failing psychological evaluation may result in disqualification pursuant to Section 50 of New York State Civil Service Law. Candidates must be a United States Citizen and an Erie County Resident (See Erie County Policies and Procedures.)


1.  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.


A medical examination may be required before appointment.



Examination date:

February 1, 2020

Applications Must Be Postmarked or Hand Delivered By:

December 11, 2019

A Guide for the Written Test for Correction Officer 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:

Scopes / Subjects of examination: A test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas.

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.

Understanding and interpreting written material
These questions test for the ability to understand and interpret written material. You will be presented with brief reading passages and will be asked questions about the passages. You should base your answers to the questions only on what is presented in the passages and not on what you may happen to know about the topic.

Applying written information in a correctional services setting

These questions test for the 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 correctional services setting. All the information needed to answer the questions asked concerning the situations presented is contained in the rules, regulations, etc., which are cited.

Observing and recalling facts and information
These questions test for the ability to observe and recall information presented. You will be presented with information describing or depicting prison scenes or other facts. You will have a
short time to observe and memorize the information before it is collected by the monitor. You
will then be asked to recall specific details about the information presented.

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 OPEN 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 $30.00 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