Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. at his swearing-in ceremony in January 2018.
Courtesy photo: Kevin Coughlin/Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

The next Correction Officer I Test will be given on Jan. 20, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office has announced.

Registration for this Civil Service test can be completed online here. The deadline to register is Dec 18.

Suffolk County correction officers staff Suffolk’s two correctional facilities, which are located in Riverhead and Yaphank. Correction Officers also have opportunities in the K9 Unit, Internal Security Unit, Emergency Services Unit, Community Relations Unit, and more, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon said he encourages all who are interested to apply. “I began my career in law enforcement as a correction officer on Rikers Island 41 years ago,” Toulon said. “It has been a rewarding career and I encourage anyone who is considering a career in law enforcement to take the correction officer exam and join the most innovative and exciting sheriff’s office in the nation,” he said.

To qualify to be a Suffolk County Correction Officer, you must be a U.S. Citizen, be 21 years of age (20 years and 6 months old by the date of the written test), have a high school diploma (or equivalency diploma), pass a medical exam, psychological exam, and background investigation, and pass the Cooper Standards physical fitness test, according to the press release. There is no top age restriction on being hired.

The starting salary is $49,655 with step increases every six months. After 12 years, the salary is $124,235. Correction Officers enjoy a competitive benefit package that includes health, vision, and dental packages, life insurance, issued uniforms and equipment, tuition reimbursement, and a New York State pension. Correction Officers retire after 25 years, regardless of age.

For more information on the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, please visit

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