The Westchester County Department of Human Resources administers the civil service examinations for Correction Officer, Police Officer, Police Officer (Spanish Speaking), and Firefighter.

The eligible list resulting from the Correction Officer examination is used for the Westchester County Department of Correction. The Police Officer and Firefighter eligible lists will be used to fill vacancies in the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Services (Police only), and the Police and Fire Departments of the cities of Peekskill and Rye, and all the towns and villages within the county.

The cities of Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers are separate civil service agencies, and administer their own examinations independent of Westchester County.

 
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Correction Officer
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Correction Officer Examinations
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The Westchester County maintains a professional correctional facility including jail, penitentiary, and women's unit divisions. The position of Correction Officer is the entry level uniformed position for this department. Correction Officers are considered public officers and must meet all applicable requirements set forth in the New York State Public Officers Law.

The minimum requirements for examination and appointment are summarized in the following chart.

Basic Requirements for Correction Candidates
RequirementAt Time of ExamintationAt Time of Appointment
United States Citizenship No Yes
High School Diploma Yes Yes
Current NYS Drivers License No Yes
Minimum Age None 21
Maximum Age None None
Westchester County Legal Residency 30 days prior to examine date Yes
New York State Legal Residency 30 days prior to examine date Prior to appointment and throughout employment

In addition to the above, candidate must meet medical, physical agility and psychological standards in order to achieve a permanent appointment as a Correction Officer. The Correction Officer exam was held on Feb. 1, 2020. This exam is usually given once every four years and candidates have to wait until the beginning of next application filing period to apply. You may sign up to receive e-mail notifications when new examinations are announced.

Special residency requirement for Correction Officer exam
Candidates must be legal residents of Westchester County for at least one month prior to the examination. You will be required to submit proof of legal residency when requested.  Candidates who cannot provide proof of Westchester County residency will be disqualified.

Learn more about the Department of Correction. Westchester County welcomes your interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement. 

Firefighter Examinations

The Westchester County Department of Human Resources administers the civil service examination for firefighters that will be used to fill vacancies in the fire departments of the cities of Peekskill and Rye and those of the towns and villages and Special Fire Districts within the county. At this time, the Westchester County itself does not have a fire department.

The cities of Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers each hold their own firefighter examination.

The chart below summarizes the basic requirements for firefighter: 

Basic Requirements for Firefighter Candidates
Requirement At Time of ExamintationAt Time of Appointment
United States Citizenship No No
High School Diploma No Yes
Current NYS Drivers License No Yes
Minimum Age None 18
Maximum Age None None
Westchester County Legal Residency 30 days prior to the examination date Yes
New York State Legal Residency Yes Yes

In addition to the above, there are medical and physical agility standards that must be met in order to achieve a permanent appointment as a Firefighter. The official announcement for Firefighter will detail the requirements necessary to complete the examination and appointment process.

Candidates who participated in the last firefighter examination held on April 27, 2019 are encouraged to read the Candidate Physical Ability Test: Orientation and Preparation Guide, and to view the Firefighter Physical Ability Test: Instruction Video. This exam is held every four years.

Westchester County Fire Departments
Learn more about the fire departments for which Westchester County administrers examinations.

Police Officer Examinations

The Westchester County Department of Human Resources administers the Police Officer examination used to fill vacancies in the Department of Public Safety Services, the cities of Peekskill and Rye and the towns and villages within the county.

The Police Officer and Police Officer (Spanish speaking) examinations were held on November 19, 2016.  Police Officer exam is usually given once every four years and candidates have to wait until the beginning of next application filing period to apply. Next exam for Police Officer is expected to be held in May 2021. You may sign up to receive e-mail notifications when new examinations are announced.

A Study Guide to the Police Officer examination “Entry Level Police Officer Series” is available on the New York State Department of Civil Service Web site. Download the study guide,or it is available in hard copy form and can be obtained at the Westchester County Department of Human Resources Office.

The cities of Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers each hold their own separate examination.

Police Officers are public officers and must meet all applicable provisions of the New York State Public Officers Law. Standards for Police Officer are established in accordance with section 58 of the New York State Civil Service Law and the New York State Public Officers Law.

The chart below summarizes the basic requirements for the police officer candidates at the time of examination and appointment:

Basic Requirements for Police Officer Candidates
RequirementExaminationAppointment
United States Citizenship No Yes
High School Diploma Yes Yes
Current NYS Drivers License No Yes
Minimum Age None 20
Maximum Age Effective April 1999, eligibility for participation in the examination ends on the 35th birthday, unless a veteran as defined by NYS Law None
Residency Requirement Yes Yes

In addition to the above, there are minimum qualifications that must be met which will be listed on the exam announcement. Candidates who pass the written exam will be required to pass psychological screening, medical and physical agility standards set by the Municipal Police Training Council in order to achieve a permanent appointment as a Police Officer.

Westchester County welcomes your interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Find out more about police departments in Westchester County.

Westchester County Police Departments
The list below is in alphabetical order reading down the columns.