Become a Police Officer


The Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff Exam is scheduled for September 17 or 18, 2022.
The last filing date is July 1, 2022. A $50 non-refundable processing fee is required.

Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff Civil Service Exam Information

The Town of New Windsor Police Department is currently NOT hiring Police Officers.

In order to be considered for any future Police Officer positions, you must take the Police Officer exam offered by Orange County and be on the eligible list.  Typically, the Town of New Windsor will request the residency list for New Windsor residents first, giving residents priority in hiring.

Minimum qualifications to take the exam:

Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and either

A) Three (3) years of active military experience in the armed forces of the United States with an honorable discharge, or currently serving in the armed forces of the United States with a minimum of three (3) years of active-duty service; OR

B) An Associate's degree (or higher) or Completion of sixty (60)* college credits; OR

C) Completion of forty-five (45)* college credits and and the equivalent of six (6) months of work experience as a police officer, correction officer, police dispatcher, licensed security guard or other related experience in the law enforcement, corrections or military** field; OR

D) Completion of thirty (30)* college credits and the equivalent of one (1) year of work experience as a police officer, correction officer, police dispatcher, licensed security guard or other related experience in the law enforcement, corrections or military** field;

Work experience is based at 35 hours/ week with part-time experience being prorated.

• Completion of a Basic Police Officer Training Course as approved by the NYS Municipal Training Council will be accepted as the equivalent of fifteen (15) college credits. Please submit a copy of your certificate.

• Police Officer candidates must possess a valid New York State driver's license; Deputy Sheriff candidates must possess a valid driver's license.

• Candidates must be a United States citizen to participate in this examination.

Residency Requirement: Police Officer candidates must be a legal resident of Orange County or a resident of a county within the State of New York contiguous to the County of Orange, at the time of application. Preference in certification may be given to residents of municipalities in Orange County.

Deputy Sheriff appointees must become a resident of Orange County or a resident of a county within the State of New York contiguous to the County of Orange within six (6) months of appointment. Preference in certification may be given to residents of Orange County.
***For Candidates who are approved for Deputy Sheriff ONLY positions, based on not having residency in Orange County or a county contiguous to Orange County at time of application, your name will ONLY be certified for Deputy Sheriff positions. Your name will NOT be certified for Police Officer positions as you did not meet the residency requirement as of the time of application.***


For purposes of such certification, “residents" shall be adjudged to be those whose fixed and permanent domicile is within the boundaries of a given municipality (for Police Officer positions) or within the boundaries of Orange County (for Deputy Sheriff positions) prior to the date of written examination through time of appointment. If your mail is sent to a post office box, you must also indicate your street address. Any change of address received after the scheduled written exam date posted on the front of this announcement, resulting in a change of municipality (Village or Town) will result in the loss of previous residency preference. For example: If a candidate’s address
on their application is confirmed to be in the Village of Monroe / Town of Monroe and such candidate moves to the Village of Goshen /Town of Goshen, this candidate will lose the residency preference for the Village of Monroe and Town of Monroe and will not gain new residency preference in the Village of Goshen and Town of Goshen if such change of address notification was received after the scheduled written exam date.

Age Requirement: Applicants must be no less than nineteen (19) years of age or more than thirty-five (35) years of age as of the date of the written examination. Candidates must be twenty (20) years of age to be certified for appointment to the title of Police Officer or Deputy Sheriff.

Applicants who were born on or before September 17, 1987 are not eligible to compete in the September 17, 2022 administration of this examination except for those persons who were engaged in military duty as defined in Section 243 (10-a) of the New York Military Law. Qualified applicants may deduct from their actual age the length of time spent in such military duty, provided the total deduction does not exceed seven (7) years. (Please submit a copy of your DD214)