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Examination Police Captain Promotional Exam #76-426

POLICE CAPTAIN

PROMOTIONAL Exam # 76-426 

 EXAMINATION DATE:            SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 at 8:30 A.M.

PLACE OF EXAMINATION:       AB DAVIS MIDDLE SCHOOL                                          

FILING DEADLINE:                      AUGUST 11, 2016 AT 4:00 P.M. NO EXCEPTIONS

SALARY:                                         $132,278.00

REQUIREMENTS FOR TAKING THE EXAM: One year of satisfactory permanent competitive class experience as a Police Lieutenant with the City of Mount Vernon Police Department immediately preceding the date of the exam.

DUTIES: Under general direction, unless detailed to act in a higher rank, commands or administers a unit, squad, bureau, or office, or occupies a position which, in the opinion of the Police Commissioner, requires the assignment of a Captain, because of its importance or responsibilities; performs related work as required.

SUBJECTS OF EXAMINATION: Written test will cover knowledge, skills and/or abilities in such areas as:

  1. Law Enforcement Methods and Practices;
  2. New York State Laws;
  3. Planning, Supervising and Administering Police Programs and Activities;
  4. Understanding and Interpreting Written Material;
  5. Preparing Written Material in a Police Setting;

Candidates are required to attain a final average rating of 70 in order to be eligible to have their names placed on the eligible list established as a result of this examination. Life of the list will be stated at the time it is established.

SENIORITY: One (1) point will be given for each creditable five-year period to the date of the examination. DAYS ARE NOT COMPUTED – MONTHS ONLY.

Less than 1 yr..0 pts                             1 yr. Up to 6 yrs..1 pt.                                Over 6 yrs. Up to 11 yrs..2 pts.

Over 11 yrs. Up to 16 yrs..3 pts           Over 16 yrs. Up to 21 yrs..4 pts.    Over 21 yrs. Up to 26 yrs..5 pts.

Over 26 yrs. Up to 31 yrs..6 pts.

Rating of seniority is based on the length of continuous competitive class service in the Mount Vernon Police Department.

CALCULATORS ARE PROHIBITED FOR THIS EXAMINATION

APLICATION FEE: A $25.00 FILING FEE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS PROMOTIONAL EXAM FOR MT. VERNON RESIDENTS. A $75.00 FILING FEE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS PROMOTIONAL EXAM FOR NON-RESIDENTS. THE APPLICABLE FEE IS REQUIRED AND MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR APPLICATION. IF YOUR APPLICATION IS RECEIVED WITHOUT THE REQUIRED FEE, IT WILL BE CONSIDERED INCOMPLETE AND YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE EXAMINATION. ONLY MONEY ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THE APPLICATION FEE. THE MONEY ORDER SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO THE CITY OF MOUNT VERNON AND WRITE THE EXAMINATION NUMBER ON THE MONEY ORDER. CASH AND CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. AS NO REFUND WILL BE MADE, YOU ARE URGED TO COMPARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS CAREFULLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVERS AND DISABLED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate so on a separate sheet and attach to your application.

ALTERNATE TEST DATE POLICY: Alternate test(s) date(s) may be arranged upon review of the circumstances according to the alternate Test Date Policy adopted April 14, 2008 by the Civil Service Commission. Under specific circumstances an alternate test date may be arranged. Your request with written documentation must be received in the Mt. Vernon Civil Service office no later than two (2) weeks preceding the examination. If any emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notify the civil service office at (914) 665 -2357 no later than 9:00 am on the Monday following the test date, (Tuesday if Monday is a legal holiday), and provide verifiable documentation of the reason. A determination will be made as to if an alternate test date well be scheduled.

VETERAN’S CREDIT: Veterans or disabled veterans who are eligible for additional credit must submit an application for veteran’s credit with their application for examination or at any time between the dates of their application for examination and the date of the establishment of the resulting eligible list. Applications for Veteran’s credit are available from this office. DD214 (Discharge papers must also be submitted). Veteran’s credits can only be added to a passing score on the examination.

Effective January 1, 1998, the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran’s credit in examinations. Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit. No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list. It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating that the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran’s credits.

EXPANDED SCOPE STATEMENT

LAW ENFORCEMENT METHODS AND PRACTICES: These questions test for knowledge of accepted police methods and practices and/or their application to situations in the police field. The questions are a sampling of the various knowledge that police personnel may be required to possess in the course of their day-to-day work-related activities.

  1. NEW YORK STATE LAWS: These questions test for knowledge of the laws in effect on January 1

     2016 that law enforcement personnel may encounter in the course of their day-to-day work-related

     activities. The questions are a sampling of job-related sections of the Penal Law, Criminal Procedure

     Law, Vehicle and Traffic Law, Family Court Act and other laws relevant to law enforcement in New

     York State.

  1. PLANNING, SUPERVISING AND ADMINISTERING POLICE PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES: These questions test for a knowledge of the principles and practices involved in managing an organizational segment of a police department in New York State and directing the activities of subordinate staff, including subordinate supervisor. These questions cover such areas as planning, controlling, directing, organizing, and coordinating the activities of the organizational section.       Questions also cover the personal interactions between and upper-level supervisor and subordinate supervisors in the accomplishment of objective, and deal with issues of work assignment, job performance, and training.
  2. UNDERSTANDING AND INTERPRETING WRITTEN MATERIAL: These questions test how well you comprehend written material. You will be provided with brief reading selections and will be asked questions about the selections. All the information required to answer the questions will be presented in the selections; you will not be required to have any special knowledge relating to the subject areas of the selections.
  3. PREPARING WRITTEN MATERIAL IN A POLICE SETTING: These questions test for the ability to prepare the types of reports and communications that police personnel write. The content is appropriate for the ranks/levels being tested. Some questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately. They consist of restatements of information given in note form. You must choose the best version from each set of four choices. Other questions test for the ability to organize paragraphs. They consist of paragraphs with their sentences out of order. For each of the paragraphs you must choose from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.

The final rating key for this examination will be established by the State Civil Service Commission prior to the testing date, upon recommendation of a committee of police experts who will review all questions for appropriateness and accuracy. There will be no review of the questions by candidates. This committee was selected with the assistance of, and the endorsement of the Police Conference of New York, Inc., the New York State Association of Police Benevolent Associations, Inc., and the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc.

A Guide for the Written Test for Second-and-Third- Line Police Supervisors is available at the New York State website:www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.efm. Candidates not having access to a computer or the internet may request copy of the test guide from the municipal civil service office conducting this examination using the contact information found elsewhere on this announcement.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Civil Service Office of any change in name or address. No attempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.

7/19/16             THE CITY OF MOUNT VERNON IS AN EQUAL OPPORUTNITY EMPLOYER

 

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