Occ. Code 8712100
PARK POLICE OFFICER, GRADE 14
SERGEANT PARK POLICE, GRADE 17
LIEUTENANT PARK POLICE, GRADE 20
CAPTAIN PARK POLICE, GRADE 22
MAJOR PARK POLICE, M-2
New York State Department of Civil Service
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES
Positions in this title series are members of the New York State Park Police in the Division of Law Enforcement in the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. These members manage police activities and supervise permanent and temporary police staff assigned to enforce all New York State and local laws and agency rules and regulations at recreation and historic sites operated by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
PARK POLICE OFFICER: journey-level; works under the general supervision of a Sergeant Park Police; must be able to work alone and exercise independent judgment in performing duties; substantial contact with the general public and other law enforcement personnel; may supervise temporary and seasonal staff and assist in training Park Police Officer Trainees.
SERGEANT PARK POLICE: first supervisory level; supervises full-time Park Police Officers and other staff assigned to the Park Police such as Park Rangers, communications staff, and clerical staff.
LIEUTENANT PARK POLICE: supervises, directs, and coordinates the assignments of the Sergeants; serves as a zone supervisor in a District; assists with police operations within the District; communicates orders, information, and instructions.
CAPTAIN PARK POLICE: serves as second-in-command of a District and assumes the duties of the District Commander when necessary; prepares deployment plans, orders, and instructions; ensures that District police operations are functioning effectively; keeps the Major informed on all force issues.
MAJOR PARK POLICE: manages all police activities for a District.
Positions in the Environmental Conservation Officer Series enforce provisions of the Environmental Conservation law to protect, preserve, and improve the quality of the States natural environment. They perform activities to control or prevent air and water pollution, the improper disposal of solid, toxic and hazardous wastes, the improper use of pesticides and herbicides, the demise of endangered species, and the over-harvesting of fish and wildlife.
Positions in the University Police Officer Series enforce all New York State and local laws and the Student Code of Conduct on the grounds of the State University of New York. They are actively involved in campus communities and activities including educating community members on topics such as personal safety, risk awareness, crime prevention, alcohol awareness, sexual assault prevention, and other community safety issues.
PARK POLICE OFFICER
Maintain order within facilities to ensure the safety and security of patrons and to preserve and protect the natural and historic resources of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Instruct park patrons regarding various laws and agency rules and regulation.
Administer and enforce all laws, rules, and regulations to protect persons and property from injury or damage.
Conduct police inquiries and investigations, using a variety of techniques.
Present the results of enforcement and investigation to a court of law.
Teach specific programs for the public and for police professionals.
Recruit candidates for permanent positions as well as temporary and seasonal positions.
SERGEANT PARK POLICE
May perform any of the duties of a Park Police Officer. Under the supervision of a Lieutenant, Park Police, incumbents will: supervise police activities for an assigned shift; schedule and assign staff and reassign staff to cover emergencies or events within a zone; observe and evaluate staff performance; assist in developing training programs; conduct on-the-job training and classroom instruction; conduct police investigations; act as liaison between Park Police Officers and local police; respond to emergencies and incidents as required; inspect, evaluate, and maintain police force property and equipment and ensure the availability of supplies; perform administrative functions, such as preparing reports, budget requests, duty rosters, and performance evaluations; monitor recruitment duties performed by subordinate staff; may be assigned to conduct background investigations as necessary; and may supervise police activities in a zone in the absence of a higher ranking officer within the District. Incumbents may be assigned to serve as a staff member or instructor at the Park Police Academy or other training site; may be assigned to perform personnel complaint investigations throughout the State; may be assigned to specialized duties such as Communications, Evidence Sergeant, or Fleet Sergeant; may be assigned to represent the Division of Law Enforcement at an emergency operations center or at a temporary headquarters during a time of emergency; and may represent the Director of Park Police at meetings and may be assigned to tabulate statistical data, prepare reports, and collaborate with other agencies to accomplish law enforcement goals.
LIEUTENANT PARK POLICE
May perform any of the duties of any subordinate officer. Under the general direction of a Captain, Park Police, incumbents will: assist with the management of all police activities for the District and generally be assigned to manage police activities within a Zone; supervise police activities in the absence of the Captain or the Major; schedule and deploy staff and arrange for coverage for special events and absences; evaluate the performance of staff and make recommendations regarding probationary or other terminations; develop training programs and courses and conduct training; review background information on and interview candidates recommended for hiring; authorize the hiring of candidates for permanent, temporary and seasonal police staff as well as for civilian staff; determine the need for outside training, and assign and select staff for participation; develop and maintain a close working relationship with other police and security forces; supervise investigations; be responsible for the enforcement of all laws, rules, and regulations; prepare a variety of administrative reports; and address organizations about police matters. Incumbents may be assigned to serve as a staff member or instructor at the Park Police Academy or other training site; may be assigned to perform personnel complaint investigations throughout the State; may be assigned to specialized duties with the Communications Unit, or the Internal Affairs Unit; may be assigned to represent the Division of Law Enforcement at an emergency operations center or at temporary headquarters during a time of emergency; may represent the Director of Park Police at meetings; and may be assigned to tabulate statistical data, prepare reports, and collaborate with other state agencies to accomplish law enforcement goals.
CAPTAIN PARK POLICE
May perform any of the duties of any subordinate officer. Under the general direction of the Major, the incumbent will: serve as the second in command for all police activities in a District; supervise all subordinate police and civilian staff; evaluate the performance of supervisory personnel; assist in conducting and managing the training program for all police staff; coordinate with other law enforcement agencies on police matters; evaluate and approve reports and supervise the preparation of reports for other agencies; coordinate special event coverage; oversee the procurement of uniforms and equipment; recommend and implement changes in policies, rules, and regulations; ensure enforcement of all laws, rules, and regulations, and manage all police activities in the absence of the Major. Incumbents may be assigned to serve as a staff member or instructor at the Park Police Academy or other training site; may be assigned to perform personnel complaint investigations throughout the State; may be assigned to specialized duties within the Communications Unit or the Internal Affairs Unit; may be assigned to represent the Division of Law Enforcement at emergency operation centers or temporary headquarters during a time of emergency; may represent the Director of Park Police at meetings; and may be assigned to tabulate statistical data, prepare reports and collaborate with other agencies to accomplish law enforcement goals.
MAJOR PARK POLICE
May perform any of the duties of any subordinate officer. Under the general direction of the Assistant Director of Park Police, the incumbent will: be responsible for all police activities in a District; perform and direct special investigations; coordinate police operations with Regional Directors within the District as well as other police agencies; ensure the confidentiality and security of all police records; supervise all administrative functions for the police force, including budget preparation, maintenance of personnel and training records, equipment and supply inventory and control, and report preparation; ensure that all police staff have appropriate certification and training; approve all disciplinary measures and terminations of police and civilian staff; assist with the development and implementation of polices, procedures, rules and regulations; evaluate and approve posts for police coverage and implements changes as needed; manage and allocate law enforcement resources, and participate in emergency planning. Incumbents may be assigned to serve as a staff member or instructor at the Park Police Academy or other training site; may perform personnel complaint investigations throughout the State; may be assigned to specialized duties; may represent the Division of Law Enforcement at an emergency operations center or temporary headquarters during a time of emergency; represents the Director of Park Police at meetings; and may be assigned to tabulate statistical data, prepare reports, and collaborate with other agencies to accomplish law enforcement goals.
INDEPENDENCE OF OPERATION
Incumbents must be able to work alone and without direct supervision since the work requires independent performance of duties. Additionally, the size of the zones within the Districts may require that incumbents be stationed at considerable distance from their immediate supervisors and headquarters. Park Police Officers must be able to exercise good judgment and carry firearms and other weapons and must make critical decisions concerning the use of force, including deadly force, during highly stressful incidents.
Incumbents perform duties from routine activities, such as completing reports and answering questions, to complex activities, such as conducting investigations, apprehending criminals, and testifying in court. Incumbents may also develop and conduct courses and programs and conduct research topics for task force assignments. Park Police Officers must interpret factual information and make significant legal determinations, including whether or not to make an arrest, use or not use force, and conduct or not conduct a search or seizure of property. Such decisions must be based on a thorough understanding of legal principles and constitutional protections.
Park Police Officers of all levels have frequent face-to-face and telephone communications with other members of the State Park Police force, superior officers, other law enforcement personnel, the general public, park patrons, and agency staff. Park Police Officers must use tact and diplomacy to minimize conflict when enforcing laws, rules, and regulations.
Park Police Officers of all levels communicate in writing by police reports, letters, and memoranda to other law enforcement jurisdictions, the general public and agency staff.
Park Police Officers operate a network of police radio equipment including internal (agency) frequencies and external (local and State Police) frequencies to maintain communications with 9-1-1 dispatch centers and park police dispatchers. Officers also use mobile data terminals and vehicle mounted computer to communicate between police vehicles and to access law enforcement databases.
Although supervision is not a year-round characteristic of Park Police Officers, incumbents may direct temporary and seasonal law enforcement staff and may participate in on-the-job training of Park Police Officer Trainees and other staff. Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Major Park Police are all supervisory classes.
PARK POLICE OFFICER
Open Competitive: Park Police Officers must: possess a high school diploma, a high school equivalency diploma, or a USAFI GED high school level diploma. Candidates must have completed or expect to complete 60 college semester credit hours by the time of the examination. Two years of active military service with an honorable discharge may be substituted for 30 of the 60 college semester credit hours.
Park Police Officers must: maintain New York State residency pursuant to the Public Officers Law; be qualified to be a Police Officer under New York State Law and be legally eligible to carry firearms. They must also possess or obtain a valid and unrestricted Class D New York State Drivers License; meet the minimum physical, medical, psychological and agility requirements as determined by the Municipal Police Training Council; be not less than 20 years of age at the time of appointment; and be able to successfully complete mandatory training, including the Basic Course for Police Officers and specialized agency training provided during a traineeship.
SERGEANT PARK POLICE
Promotion: two years of permanent service as a Park Police Officer.
LIEUTENANT PARK POLICE
Promotion: one year of permanent service as a Sergeant Park Police.
CAPTAIN PARK POLICE
Promotion: one year of permanent service as a Lieutenant Park Police.
MAJOR PARK POLICE
Promotion: one year of permanent service as a Captain Park Police.
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.