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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

  •  Candidates must be legal residents of Albany County. Preference in appointment will be given to successful candidates who have been legal residents of Watervliet for at least (4) months prior to the date of the written examination or date of appointment. 
  • Candidates must be a High School graduate or in possession of a high school equivalency diploma.
  • Candidates must be at least 19 years of age to be admitted to the written examination.
  • Candidates must possess a valid New York State Driver’s License at time of appointment.
  • Candidates must be United States citizens at time of employment. Citizenship is not necessary for admission into the written examination. 

PRE-EMPLOYMENT PROCESS FOR NON-SWORN PERSONNEL

PHASE ONE 

  • Must meet the minimum requirements listed above.
  • Must pass the written Watervliet Police Officer Civil Service Exam with a 70% or higher.
  • Must be reachable on the current Watervliet Police Officer candidate list.
  • Successfully pass a physical fitness test consisting of push-ups, sit-ups, and 1.5 mile run. (See Cooper Standards below)

PHASE TWO

  • Complete a Background and Character Investigation (professional, personal, and financial in nature).
  • Formal Interview in front of a panel of WPD personnel.
  • Comprehensive Medical and Drug screening.
  • Undergo a psychological assessment.
  • Final Interview.

PHASE THREE

  • Six month Basic Course for Police Officers at the Zone Five Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy.
  • 8-12 weeks of in-service field training with certified Field Training Officers.
  • All candidates are subject to a twelve month probationary period after their date of hire. 

LATERAL TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES FOR NYS CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICERS

REQUIREMENTS 

  • Must be a current NYS full-time Police Officer with civil service standing.
  • Must be in good standing with your current agency.
  • Must submit a resume along with a cover letter to the Office of the Chief (Officeofthechief@watervliet.com) 

PROCESS

  • Complete a Background and Character Investigation (professional, personal, and financial in nature).
  • Formal Interview in front of a panel of WPD personnel.
  • Comprehensive Medical and Drug screening.
  • Undergo a psychological assessment.
  • Final Interview.
  • 6-8 weeks of in-service field training with certified Field Training Officers.
 

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