Oswego County Offers Patrol Officer Exam for Sheriff's and Village Police Departments

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Human Resources Department will offer the Oswego County Patrol Officer and Village Police Officer civil service exam Saturday, Sept. 26. Applications for the exam are due by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Oswego County Sheriff Don Hilton said the exam is the first step in the process for men and women who want to pursue a rewarding career in the Sheriff’s Department or a local village police department.

“Professional law enforcement officers dedicate their careers to saving lives and helping people in need,” said Sheriff Hilton. “They're often motivated by the wish to help others and make their community a better place to live, work and raise a family. They can end each day knowing their time and talents are being well spent.”

The exam will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates for positions in the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department and in the Central Square, Phoenix and Pulaski village police departments. The starting salary for a full-time position as an Oswego County Sheriff’s patrol officer is $22.40 per hour plus benefits.

Julie Bell, Director of the Oswego County Human Resources Department, said applicants must be legal residents of Oswego, Onondaga, Madison, Jefferson, Cayuga, Oneida, or Lewis counties for a minimum of four months before the exam. Candidates must be residents of Oswego County at the time of appointment for positions in the Sheriff’s Department. Candidates appointed to positions in a village police department will need to comply with residency requirements of the municipality.

Applicants must be at least 19 years old and no older than 34 by Sept. 26. Those with military service may be eligible for up to seven years age credit depending on their years of service. A high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma is required at the time of appointment.

The written exam is designed to evaluate a broad range of skills and abilities. A qualifying physical fitness screening test will be required prior to appointment.

“In order to be prepared, candidates should begin training immediately for the physical fitness screening test portion of the exam,” said Bell.

Candidates who successfully complete the written exam and fitness test will be asked to undergo background testing. If selected for a position, candidates will be required to complete a psychological and medical exam prior to appointment.

Applications and additional information can be obtained by emailing humanresources@oswegocounty.com, or by calling 315-349-8209, and at  http://www.oswegocounty.com/civilservice. The Municipal Police Training Council fitness requirements and a link to the exam study guide are also posted on the web site.