Civil Service Exam for Port Jervis Police Officer scheduled

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Civil Service Exam for Port Jervis Police Officer scheduled

Attention: Police Officer Examination- City of Port Jervis Police Department

Written Test to Be Held: NOVEMBER 19, 2016


Last Filing Date: October 13, 2016


City of Port Jervis Civil Service Commission



Complete exam announcements and applications can be obtained at the Port Jervis Civil Service Commission and Port Jervis City Clerk’s Office.

This examination is being held to establish an eligible list in the above title which will be used to fill Police Officer positions in the City of Port Jervis Police Department. Starting salary range for Police Officer –Recruit positions is approximately $49,000/annually.

A $25.00 non-refundable application processing fee is required for each separately numbered examination for which you apply.  The required fee must accompany your application.  Check or money order payable to the Port Jervis Civil Service Commission must accompany application. Do Not Send Cash.

Residency Requirements: Police Officer candidates must be legal residents of Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Sullivan, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, Pike or Sussex County for at least four months prior to written examination. At time of appointment, you must be a NYS resident and must establish a residence in accordance with the Port Jervis City Charter..

Distinguishing Features of the Class:  The duties consist primarily of routine patrol tasks, assisting in the investigation of criminal offenses, and the apprehension of criminals.  A Police Officer, whether on patrol or special assignment, works under the general supervision of a higher ranking officer.  However, there is considerable independent responsibility for exercise of sound judgment in emergencies.


Minimum Qualifications Required for Admission to the Exam

Education: Candidates must possess a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma and have either:

(A) Completion of sixty (60)* college credits at a regionally accredited or NYS registered college or university; OR

(B) Completion of thirty (30)* college credits and the equivalent of one (1) year of work experience as a police officer, correction officer, police dispatcher, licensed security guard; OR

(C) Three (3) years of active military experience in the armed forces of the United States with an honorable discharge; OR

(D) An equivalent amount of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above.


Age Requirements: Candidates must be within six months of their twentieth birthday at the time of examination and at least twenty years of age at the time of appointment. A candidate for examination may not have reached his/her 35th birthday on or before the date of examination.

Exception to Age Requirement:  For purposes of meeting the above outlined age requirement, all persons who were engaged in military duty as defined in Section 243 of the New York Military Law may deduct from their actual age the length of time spent in such military duty, provided the total deduction does not exceed six (6) years.


Citizenship Requirement: United States citizenship is required to participate in this examination.

Subject of the Examination (Police Entrance Series) a written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:

  1. Applying Written Information (Rules, Regulations, Policies, Procedures, Directives, etc.) in Police Situations – These questions test for the ability to apply written rules in given situations similar to those typically experienced by police officers.
  1. Memory for Facts and Information – These questions test for the ability to remember facts and information presented in written form. You will be given 5 minutes to read and study the information in the Memory Booklet. After the 5-minute period, the Memory Booklet will be taken away. You will then be required to answer questions about the material that was presented in the Memory Booklet.
  1. Reading, Understanding and Interpreting Written Information – These questions test for the ability to read, understand, and interpret the kinds of written information that police officers are required to read during their formal training period and on the job.
  1. Preparing Written Material in a Police Setting – These questions test for the ability to prepare the types of reports that police officers write. You will be presented with a page of notes followed by several questions. Each question will consist of four restatements of the information given in the notes. From each set of four, you must choose the version that presents the information most clearly and accurately.


The rating key for this examination will be established by the New York State Civil Service Commission prior to the date of the test, upon recommendation of a committee of police experts who will review all the questions for appropriateness and the key answers for correctness. There will be no review of the questions by candidates. This committee was selected with the assistance and endorsement of the Police Conference of New York, Inc., the New York State Association of PBA’s, Inc., and the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc.

A Guide to the Written Test for the ‘Police Entrance’ series is available at the New York State Department of Civil Service web site:

City of Port Jervis Civil Service Commission

20 Hammond Street

Port Jervis NY 12771


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