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Posted on: August 11, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Police Officer Open-competitive Examination Deadline Extended to August 17th

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The Amsterdam Civil Service Commission announces the open-competitive examination for:


Open-competitive examination # 60-035 Amsterdam Police Department

Date of Examination: September 17, 2022
Last Filing Date: August 17, 2022

Since refunds are not given, please read this announcement entirely before filling your application.

****A copy of your driver’s license must be attached to your application.


Application forms may be obtained at the Civil Service Commission office in City Hall 3rd floor or by sending a stamped self-addressed legal-size envelope to Amsterdam Civil Service, 61 Church Street, Amsterdam NY  12010.  Applications received post-marked after the filing deadline will not be accepted.  The applicant should make sure EVERY question on the application is answered, and that the application is complete in all respects.  All statements made by candidates in their application are subject to verification.  This department does not acknowledge receipt of applications.  Candidates will be notified disposition of their applications.  Candidates will be notified by letter of when and where to appear to take the written test.  If candidates have not received a notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, they should call our office at (518)841-4341.  

Do not interpret a notice to appear for, or actual participation in, the examination as an indication that you fully meet the announced requirements. Depending on the time available before an examination, applicants may be admitted on the basis of statements made on the application or conditionally admitted without prior review of the application. Under these circumstances, candidates not meeting the requirements will be disqualified and notified of such disqualification. Candidates subsequently disqualified after taking the test will not be notified of their score.


A $25.00 Non-Refundable application fee is required for each separately numbered examination for which you apply.  The required fee must accompany your application.  Send a Certified Check or Money Order made payable to the City of Amsterdam Civil Service.  Write the examination number on the check or money order.  DO NOT SEND CASH.  As no refund will be made, you are urged to compare your applications carefully with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified.


Examination is being given to fill future vacancies as they occur in the Amsterdam Police Department.

STARTING SALARY: $36,797.51 with an increase after 6 months completion of Police academy.


This work involves responsible for the enforcement of laws, ordinances and protection of lives and property in an assigned area during a specified period; does related work as required.


These duties consist primarily of routine patrol tasks, assisting in investigation of criminal offenses and the apprehension of criminals.  Ordinarily a police officer, whether on patrol work or on special assignment works under the supervision or direction of a higher-ranking officer.  However, there is considerable independent responsibility for exercise of sound judgment in emergencies. The duties require proficiency in both the Spanish & English languages, with understandable smooth expression at a conversational level of communication.


  • Graduation from high school, or possession of a high school equivalence or comparable diploma as described in Section 58 of the Civil Service Law.
  • Additional Qualification at time of appointment:
  • Physical & Medical:  Must meet standards prescribed by the Municipal Police Training council which includes height, weight and physical fitness standards;
  • Possess a valid driver’s license issued by NYS Dept. of Motor Vehicles;
  • Must successfully pass background check and psychological test.
  • Must successfully pass a Spanish Proficiency Exam


Must have been legal resident of Montgomery, Fulton, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Otsego, or Herkimer County for a period of at least 0ne (1) month immediately preceding the date of the exam.    Preference in certification from the eligible list may be given to City of Amsterdam residents.


Candidates must be at least 19 years of age at the time of the examination and not less than 20 years of age at the time of appointment.  Candidates who reach their 35th birthday on or before the date of the written examination are not qualified except as follows: Candidates may have a period of military duty or terminal leave up to six years, as defined in Section 243 (10-a) of the military Law.  Section 58.1(a) requires that applicants not be more than 35 years of age as of the date when the applicant takes the written examination.  Applicants must indicate their date of birth for examination.


Applicants must be a high school graduate or possession of a high school equivalency or holder of a high school equivalency diploma issued by an education department of any of the States of the United 

States or a holder of a comparable diploma issued by any commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States or by the Canal Zone or a holder of a report from the United States armed forces certifying successful completion of the tests of general educational development, high school level.


Candidates must meet the physical fitness and medical standards prescribed by the Municipal Police Training Council.  Candidates must pass the written test in order to be scheduled for the qualifying physical fitness test.  The Physical Fitness Screening Test is given on an as needed basis.  Should a candidate fail to meet any one element of the Physical Fitness Screening Test, they may be tested again on an as needed basis.  The candidate will be retested on all elements of the test and not just the element(s) which were not achieved.  Copies of the Physical Fitness Screening Test are available upon request from Amsterdam Civil Service.


To be eligible for appointment, candidates must have a valid New York State Driver’s License.  A copy must be given along with the application of examination.


United States Citizenship is required.

Background Investigation and Additional Screening:

Each candidate will be subject to a thorough background investigation.  Other screening includes but not limited to, drug testing, medical examination, psychological exam, fingerprints, and FBI criminal history check. 

Investigative Screening: As stated in Section 58 of the Civil Service Law, there will be a background investigation conducted I accordance with the standards of the municipal police training council (MPTC). Derogatory information will be evaluated and may result in disqualification. All convictions must be reported. Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, or any falsified or omitted information, may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment, depending upon the relationship of the violation or omission to the duties of the position.

Psychological Evaluation: As stated in Section 58 of the Civil Service Law, you will be required to participate in a psychological evaluation to determine your fitness to perform the essential duties of the position prior to appointment. Failure to meet the standards may result in your offer of employment being rescinded or in your disqualification. An eligible will be called for a psychological assessment as needed to fill existing and anticipated vacancies.


1. Situational Judgment These questions test for the ability to identify appropriate and effective responses to work-related challenges. You will be presented with scenarios that reflect the types of challenges one could encounter in a work environment. Each scenario will be followed by several responses to the scenario. You must rate the effectiveness of each response.

2. Language Fluency These questions test for the ability to read, understand, and present a clear and accurate summary of information. For some questions, you will be given a brief reading passage followed by four statements, each summarizing the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given several sentences, one of which contains a spelling, grammatical, or punctuation error. You must then select the line that contains the error.

3. Information Ordering and Language Sequencing These questions test for the ability to properly identify the sequence or order of events, or to organize information to fit a timeline. You will be given a brief reading passage followed by one or more questions. You must identify the proper sequence of events in order to answer one or more questions.

4. Problem Sensitivity and Reasoning These questions test for the ability to apply information and to identify a problem or potential problem. For some questions, you will be given information in the form of policies, rules, regulations, or laws, which will be followed by a situation. You must then identify the problem and apply the information to select the best course of action to take. For other questions, you will be given a scenario and mock witness statements. You must use this information to answer one or more questions about the scenario.

5. Selective Attention These questions test for the ability to focus on completing a task and to pay attention to important details while performing repetitive and monotonous tasks. You will be presented with a series of letters, symbols, and/or numbers. You must select the choice that contains the series of letters, symbols, and/or number that matches exactly.

6. Visualization These questions test for the ability to imagine how something will look when it is moved around or when its parts are changed, moved, or rearranged. You will be presented with an image of a face followed by four images of faces. Each face is disguised or altered in some way. Three of the images have a difference in facial structure or facial features. You must select the choice that contains the image with the identical facial structure and facial features.

7. Spatial Orientation These questions test for the ability to understand how to navigate within spaces or how to get from one point to another. You will be provided with a map followed by one or more questions. You must imagine yourself at a certain location and orient yourself to the direction in which you would move to get to another location by the shortest (least distance) route. 

A guide to taking the examination for Entry-Level Police Officer Series is available at the New York State website: 

If you do not have access to the World Wide Web, you may call/write Amsterdam Civil Service 61 Church Street Amsterdam, NY  12010: (518)841-4341 to obtain a copy.


Provides that any member of the armed forces of the United States who had duly filed an application to compete in a scheduled competitive examination but was deprived of the opportunity to complete in a scheduled competitive examination due to active military duty be provided with a special military makeup examination.


Use of calculators is prohibited for this exam.

Sabbath Observers/Disabled Candidates/Military Members:

Applicants whose religious beliefs or military service prevent their taking examinations on the scheduled date and disabled candidates who require special accommodations to take the test should indicate the need for special arrangements on their application.  Candidates who are called to military service after filing an application should send requests for an alternate test date to the Amsterdam Civil Service Commission as soon as possible before the test date.

Veteran’s Credit:

Veterans or disabled veterans who are eligible for additional credit must apply for veteran’s credit with their application for examination or by the date of the establishment of the

 resulting Eligible List.  Applications for veteran’s credit are available from this office.  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 eligible 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 86 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honor discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran’s credit.

Alternate Test Date:

Alternative test dates may be arranged upon review of the circumstances according to the Alternate Test Date policy established by this department.  Under specific circumstances an alternate test date may be arranged.  Your request with written documentation must be received in this office no later than two (2) weeks preceding the examination.

If any emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notify this office (841-4341) no later than 9:00 A.M on the Monday following the test date, (Tuesday if Monday is a legal holiday) providing verifiable documentation of the reason.  A determination will be made as to if you will be scheduled for an alternate test date.

Cross Filer Statement:

If you have applied for other local government examinations, call, or write to each Civil Service Agency to make arrangements.  You must make your request for these arrangements no later than two weeks before the date of the examinations.  You must notify all local government Civil Service Agencies with whom you have filed an application of the test site at which you wish to take your examinations.

Change of Address:

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

City of Amsterdam/An Equal Opportunity Employer 6/15/22

Gary McNeil, Chairman
Lynn Kot, Commissioner
Mary Anne Semkiw, Commissioner

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