Occ. Code 8706000



Institution Safety Officer, GRADE 9



New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard





Positions of Institution Safety Officer are responsible for the safety and security of correctional services buildings, grounds, property, and personnel. Incumbents patrol and inspect buildings, grounds, and equipment to detect hazardous conditions, crimes, and violations and instruct employees in safety procedures to ensure proper response to emergency situations. These positions may handle or restrain unruly persons in order to prevent the endangerment of employees.  Positions of this title exist within the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS).




Institution Safety Officer: non-supervisory; assigned to a shift or location, and patrol and inspect buildings, grounds, and equipment to detect hazardous conditions, crimes and violations and instruct employees in safety procedures to ensure proper response to emergency situations.




            The Institution Safety Officer, possessing full peace officer powers, is responsible for enforcing all New York State Laws pertinent to maintaining the security and safety of the correctional training facility, buildings and grounds.


-          Mobile or foot patrol of an assigned area.


-          Inspects buildings and facilities.     


-          Detects evidence of irregularities and determines criminal activity by means of presence and witness.


-          Responds to and inspects call for assistance.


-          On assignment to a gate house, screens vehicles and persons.


-          On assignment as desk officer, dispatches patrol officers by radio to scenes of incidents.


-          On assignment to safety inspection, inspects fire escapes, stair hand rails, fire doors and other safety fixtures and equipment.


-          Monitors and provides direction to Correction Officer recruits, as needed.


Ensure safety procedures are followed.  


-      Possess full knowledge of all policies, procedures, rules and regulations concerning the position of Institution Safety Officer and the training facility.


-      Continual inspection of all fire and safety equipment to ensure proper working order, availability and understand proper usage of same.


-      Have a working knowledge of all evacuation procedures in the event of a fire or bomb threat.


-      Understand the Bomb Threat Procedure and be constantly prepared to implement same.


-      Continual observation of entire complex for any safety violations and prompt reporting of same.


-      Check in, via personal radio alarm, with Communications Control Center (CCC) using standard radio procedures.


Ensure security measures are followed. 


-        Maintain logbook by recording names, addresses, and license numbers of personnel using training facility.


-        Check in and out weapons of visitors and staff.


-        Secure shipments of weapons, ammunition and chemical agents received after business hours.


-        Maintain key control of facility affiliated buildings and all State property and vehicles.


-        Understand and enforce all recruit rules and regulations.


-        Immediate notification of Officer of the Day when major infractions occur involving recruits either on or off facility property.


-        Operate switchboard from 5 pm  8 am weekdays and throughout entire weekend.


-        Issue keys to authorized personnel.




Open Competitive:   a current security guard photo ID issued by the New York State Department of State and one year of building guard experience.  In addition, applicants must be able to qualify for peace officer status.



Date:  10/09




NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.