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How to Become an Albany Police Officer
The Office of Professional Standards is responsible for the processing of prospective employees. The position of Albany Police Officer is a Civil Service one, and prospective employees must take a civil service exam in order to be processed. The exam is usually given in November, and inquiries about it should be referred to the Department of Administrative Services in City Hall (Room 301, Albany, New York (518) 434-5049).
Candidates must have been legal residents of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schoharie or Schenectady County for at least thirty days immediately preceding the date of the written examination. Preference in appointment may be given to successful candidates who have been legal residents of the City of Albany for at least thirty days immediately preceding the date of the written exam.
Once the exam grades are tabulated, the preliminary list is forwarded to the Albany City Civil Service Commission, and a list of prospective candidates is then forwarded to the Office of Professional Standards. When the department needs to fill vacancies, the Chief notifies the Office of Professional Standards and processing begins.
The hiring process begins with a canvass letter sent to those candidates who have passed the exam – in order of score – and meet the residency requirement. The letter advises those candidates to respond to the Office of Professional Standards within ten days with proof of residency. Successful candidates then are required to report to the office with several other documents necessary for processing. Candidates then fill out several departmental forms, including releases for medical and criminal background information, and an application for employment. Physical agility testing is then scheduled.
Upon successful completion of the physical agility testing, candidates are then scheduled for psychological testing, and then an interview with the Office of Professional Standards. An interview with a psychologist is then scheduled. Successful candidates are then scheduled for medical examinations.
A thorough background investigation by the Office of Professional Standards is conducted. All aspects of the candidate’s background are explored, including but not limited to: former and current employers, co-workers, criminal history, neighbors, friends, associates and schools attended. Candidates who meet the requirements and pass a background investigation are then placed on a list for hire, which is forwarded to the Chief of Police. Once sworn in by the Mayor, the recruits are assigned to the Zone Five Law Enforcement Academy for training before beginning their new careers.
Depending on staffing levels, budget constraints, and other issues, candidates who successfully complete all of the requirements are hired according to Civil Service scores in conjunction with Civil Service Law.
Information on candidates who fail any portion of the processing is submitted to the City of Albany Civil Service Commission for review on disqualification.