Careers with the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriffs

Join one of Suffolk's best law enforcement teams. Become a Deputy Sheriff.

Correction Officers

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Civilians

Learn why the Sheriff's Office is a great place to work and build a career.

Deputy Sheriff

Job Description

  

Under general supervision, an employee in this class enforces the laws of New York State, including Civil, Penal and Vehicle and Traffic Law. A Deputy Sheriff makes arrests, transports prisoners, serves legal processes, patrols highways and secures court detention facilities. Routine assignments and special orders are received from superior officers who review work methods and results through reports, inspections and discussions. 


TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES

  • Transports prisoners to and from Suffolk County Correctional Facilities to all courts, jails and prisons throughout New York State; transports mental patients committed by court order;
  • Directs traffic, patrols highways and issues summonses for traffic violations;
  • Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service while on patrol;
  • Enforces court orders relating to domestic violence;
  • Enforces property executions and eviction warrants;
  • Makes warrant and summary arrests;
  • Conducts criminal and general investigations;
  • Maintains custody of prisoners in court; 
  • Provides security at County buildings and property;
  • Responds to regional emergencies and participates in manhunts;
  • Works in federal and local task forces engaged in regional law enforcement;
  • May lecture at schools and community organizations.

Job Requirements

  

Good knowledge of civil and criminal law as they pertain to departmental operations; good knowledge of court procedures; good knowledge of first aid methods; skill in the use and care of firearms; ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions; ability to act quickly and calmly in emergencies; ability to enforce the law with firmness, tact and impartiality and to deal courteously with the general public; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

OPEN COMPETITIVE

Graduation from a standard senior high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma by the date of appointment.


NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Candidates must be at least twenty (20) years of age at the time of appointment. Candidates who reach their thirty-fifth (35th) birthday before the date of the written examination are not eligible, except as follows: candidates may have a period of active military duty, up to six (6) years as defined in Section 243 (10-a) of the Military Law, deducted from their age for purposes of determining whether they meet the age requirement.
  • There will be qualifying medical, psychological and physical fitness evaluations.
  • Candidates must be a United States citizen at the time of appointment.
  • Possession of a valid New York State driver's license at the time of appointment; appointees must maintain a valid license throughout their employment in this title.
  • After appointment, candidates will be required to successfully complete a Police Officer Training Course recognized by the New York State Municipal Training Council. 

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 Contact the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service for more information and testing dates.   

Correction Officer

Job Description

  

Under the supervision of a higher-ranking officer, a Correction Officer has immediate responsibility for directing and supervising inmates and maintaining order and security at Suffolk County correctional facilities. A Correction Officer is responsible for maintaining the custody, safety and well-being of prisoners by enforcing laws, rules and regulations to prevent disturbances, assaults and escapes. Correction Officers are designated by New York State law as peace officers and may be required to carry firearms in the performance of certain duties.  


  

  • Supervises the movements and activities of inmates to maintain security and order;
  • Advises inmates on the rules and regulations governing the operation of the facility;
  • Conducts searches of inmates and housing/common areas for contraband;
  • Takes periodic counts of inmate population;
  • Notifies supervisors of all disturbances and unusual incidents;
  • Responds to emergencies and documents incidents as required;
  • Inspects facilities/work areas to ensure compliance with security and safety standards;
  • Supervises and directs inmates on their assigned duties and distributes necessary supplies to inmates;
  • Directs the serving of meals;
  • Gathers threat group intelligence and conducts security investigations as required;
  • Participates in Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT);
  • Recommends inmates for educational, vocational and work rehabilitation programs and supervises the participants in these programs;
  • May aid in the rehabilitation and counseling of inmates.    

Job Requirements

  

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Graduation from a standard senior high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma by the date of appointment.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Candidates must be at least twenty-one (21) years old at time of appointment.
  • There will be qualifying medical, psychological and physical agility evaluations.
  • Candidates must be a United States citizen at the time of appointment.
  • Possession of a valid New York State driver’s license at the time of appointment; appointees must maintain a valid license throughout their employment in this title.
  • After appointment, the incumbent will be required to obtain a Peace Officer Training Certificate recognized by the New York State Municipal Police training Council.

Apply

Contact the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service for more information and testing dates.  

Civilian Employment

Civilians play a critical role in the operation of any law enforcement organization.  Civilian employees at the Sheriff's Office work in a diversity of position, such as support staff and clerical work, to supervisory and management roles.  The Sheriff's Office employs over 120 civilian employees in offices from Hauppauge to Riverhead.  They work in Accounting, Personnel, the Civil Bureau and in the Sheriff's Administrative offices, just to name a few.  

Qualifications

Since there are so many types of civilian positions at the Sheriff's Office, qualifications are based on Civil Service rules for specific job titles.  Most civilian positions require that you take a test to begin the process of obtaining a government job.  

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Civilian positions with the Sheriff's Office are filled using Civil Service lists of qualified test-takers.  We encourage you to take Civil Service exams.  We canvas for qualified employees on a regular basis.  


 Contact the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service for more information and testing dates.