NYS Civil Service Exam for Law Enforcement Officers

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Most law enforcement agencies in New York State use the NYS Civil Service Exam for their written test for law enforcement positions. This includes the State Police (aka NYS Troopers), and most Police and Sheriff Agencies.

The New York State police exam contains 4 sections: memory; preparing writing material in a police setting; reading, understanding and interpreting written information; and applying written information in a police situation. 


Police Agencies Using the NYS Civil Service Exam

 Rochester Police Department

Rochester Police Department

The majority of police and sheriff departments in New York State use the NYS Civil Service Exam. Some agencies choose to use a subset of the full exam. For example, Nassau County excludes the Memorization section. 

The NYPD uses a different exam format.

  • NY State Troopers
  • Rochester Police Department
  • Albany PD
  • Buffalo PD

Questions Included on NYS Civil Service Exam

 The NCJOSI covers basic skills required for police work

The NCJOSI covers basic skills required for police work

The New York State Entry-Level Police Officer Series  contains 4 sections:

  • Memorizing Written Information
  • Preparing Writing Material in a Police Setting
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing Abilities



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