Park Police

Suffolk County Park Police provide 24/7 patrol coverage for more than 46,000 acres of parkland; the largest local government park system in the nation.  The department is responsible for policing 14 major parks, four golf courses, four marinas, seven camping facilities, more than 200 historic structures, two equestrian centers, four lifeguard protected beaches with 15 miles of ocean front, picnic facilities for 20,000 people, and more than 600 miles of nature trails.

Park Police are responsible for enforcing all local and New YorkState laws and are charged with keeping the peace, ensuring the safety of the visiting public, and protecting the environment.

Starting salary depends upon the shift that is assigned. Shift assignments are either two-tour rotating (8am-4pm/4pm-12am) or steady nights (10pm-8am). The 2008 base pay is $46,954. The starting salary for two tour rotating is $49,773. The starting salary for steady nights is $51,652.

Benefits include 12 paid holidays per year, vacation time, sick time, personal leave, cleaning/clothing allowance, holiday pay, longevity pay, retirement plan, medical coverage, dental coverage, eye exams, legal benefits, tuition reimbursement, tuition discounts, deferred compensation plans, and life insurance coverage.

In order to qualify, applicants must pass a written exam, a medical exam, a physical agility test, a psychological evaluation, and an extensive background investigation.

Recruits must attend and successfully complete the 6 month Basic Course for Police Officers which is held at the Suffolk County Police Academy. Upon graduation, probationary officers must complete a 4-6 week field training period, where the classroom instruction is evaluated during field operations.

Upon satisfactory completion of the aforementioned, Park Police Officers will be assigned to patrol our vast park system, answer 9-1-1 calls for service, and issue summonses and make arrests when necessary.

Suffolk County Park Police patrol in marked and unmarked sedans and 4X4’s, on police ATV’s, police bicycles and on foot.

Our in-service training program is conducted year-round. Officers receive regular refresher courses in CPR, first aid, and firearms requalification. Video training is used for law and procedural updates. Lectures and specialized training courses are held at the PoliceAcademy. Training Bulletins are frequently distributed to keep our officers up-to-date on legal matters.

Interested parties should contactSuffolk County Civil Service for exam information.