become a shelter island police officer

The Shelter Island Police Department recruits candidates from the Suffolk County Civil Service Exam  for the position of Police Officer. Shelter Island establishes a local list from this exam based upon residency. In the event that the local list is exhausted, candidates will be drawn from the larger  Suffolk County Civil Service Police List.



Age Requirements for the position of police officer are as follows:
Minimum age, 19 years on the date of the written test; Eligibility for appointment as a Police Officer age 20;  Maximum age, 34 years Applicants that reach their 35th on or before the test date are not eligible to take the exam.
(Applicants with active military duty, as defined in Section 243 (10-a) of the New York State Military Law, may deduct up to six years from their age to meet the maximum age requirement).

Graduation from a standard senior high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma recognized by the New York State Department of Education, by the date of appointment. An equal opportunity employer.

License Requirement
Possession of a valid New York State operator’s or chauffeur’s license at the time of appointment.

Written Examination
Candidates who attain a reachable passing grade will have to pass the following qualifying tests and evaluations:

  • Medical

  • Personality Assessment

  • Polygraph

  • Extensive Background Check

  • Physical Fitness Screening

Candidate must be a NY State resident and a US citizen at time of appointment.


Starting salary $61,702.00* annually.  After five (5) years of service, the base salary is $114,354.00*
*Under 2018 PBA labor agreement 

Full salary and benefits during entire training period.

  • Night shift payments.

  • All uniforms and equipment are supplied by the Department.

  • Yearly uniform cleaning allotment.

  • Paid family medical plans.

  • Thirteen (13) paid holidays.

  • Seven (7) to twenty five (25) paid vacation days per year depending on years of service.

  • Twenty two (22) sick days first year of service. Unused sick days are cumulative.

  • Four (4) paid personal days per year.

  • Twenty (20) year New York State retirement plan.

Suffolk County Civil Service Exam and Suffolk County Police

The Suffolk County Civil Service is the governing authority for job related entrance exams and promotional exams in Suffolk County. The Shelter Island Town Police and the other town, village and Suffolk County Police Agencies recruit from this test.

In Suffolk County, administration of the Civil Service Law is carried out under the direction of the Suffolk County Personnel Director. The Suffolk County Department of Civil Service is responsible for overseeing personnel actions taken by some 241 employing jurisdictions including school districts, towns, villages water districts, library districts, etc. Collectively, these jurisdictions employ some 40,000 individuals.

Click here for more information and how to apply for exam.

The Police List for Suffolk County may be found here.