- Candidates must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.
- Candidates must have a High School Diploma or GED.
- Candidates must pass a character and background investigation.
- Candidates must pass a drug screening.
- Candidates must meet certain medical and psychological requirements.
- Candidates must reside in one of the five boroughs of New York City.
- Candidates must pay a $75.00 fee for fingerprinting as part of the investigation process.
- Candidates must be eligible to obtain NYC Special Patrolman status upon appointment and become certified as a NYC Special Patrolman within three (3) months of appointment. Special Patrolman certification must be maintained for the duration of employment in this title.
- Candidates must be a United States Citizen.
Serve your community in a unique and rewarding way while earning a good salary with generous medical and retirement benefits.
- Starting Salary: $31,259
- After one year: $32,112
- After two years: $35,323
- Uniform allowance of $668 annually
- Differential increase for metal detector/scanner assignment.
- Longevity increase of $500 annually after 15 years of service.
- A choice of paid medical and dental plans
- Paid vacation and sick leave
- Paid night shift differential
- Overtime opportunities (Overtime is never guaranteed)
School Safety Agents may enroll in the 6SO-25 pension plan, or the Tier 6 Basic Plan. Participants in the 6SO-25 Plan become eligible to receive a Service Retirement Benefit upon attaining 25 or more years of Allowable Service without regard to age. For Service Retirement Benefit calculations under the 6SO-25 plan, or for further information regarding both pension options, go to the following website:
In addition, You may contribute to one of the following plans.
- 457- This plan is also known as Deferred Compensation. The percentage deducted from the member's wages is determined by the member and may range anywhere from one (1) % to twenty-five (25) %. Loan option is available with this pension plan. Early withdrawal penalties do apply.
- 401K - Similar in structure to the "457" plan. A loan option is available with this pension plan
MILITARY BUY BACK
Federal and state laws allow members to purchase service credit for time spent in U.S. Military service – the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and Article 20 of the New York State Retirement and Social Security Law (RSSL), respectively. Under Article 20, the cost is 6% times the number of years of military service being purchased times the salary you earned during the 12 months prior to the date of your application. Under USERRA, the cost is the equivalent of the contributions required if you had never left for military service. No interest is charged on military buy-back.
Reference: Tier 6 Special Peace Officer 25-Year Retirement Plan (6SO-25) #990
The Department of Veterans Affairs has qualified the New York State Department of Labor's Apprenticeship program as eligible for educational benefits as described under the GI Bill. This benefit is relative to the School Safety Agent who was employed after September 2001 and met the following criteria that may qualify member for a monthly monetary benefit administered directly by the Department of Veteran's Affairs:
- A veteran of the United States Armed Services and received an honorable or general discharge within the last ten years or;
- An active member of the reserves or National Guard
- A spouse or dependent of a disabled veteran.
There are various promotional opportunities within the New York City Police Department Division of School Safety.
School Security Supervisor
Promotion based on civil service examinationRead the job description >>
Supervisors of School Safety attend meetings and discussions aimed at resolving field-related issues. Supervisors of School Safety conduct investigations within their area of responsibility and report results back to ranking officers. SSS will also oversee the performance of field subordinates and make corrections to observed deficiencies, violations, and infractions.
School Safety Agent Level III
Promotion based on examinationRead the job description >>
Level III agents are front-line supervisors and are responsible to monitor personnel, manage work schedules, and interact with Department supervisors, school administration, and parents. Responsible to report, document, and take corrective action in emergency situations.
School Safety Agent Level II
Promotion is earned by meritRead the job description >>
Level II Agents have all responsibilities of Level I agents, but may be assigned to a Mobile Field Force. Level II agents respond rapidly in a Department vehicle to emergency incidents throughout borough of assignment, and scan for truants and/or related gang activity.
School Safety Agent Level I
*After 2 years of service, salary reaches $35,323Read the job description >>
Duties include regulating the flow of students during entrance to and egress from school, and maintaining order of school grounds, including defusing conflicts. Agents Level I check student identification, challenge visitors, and adhere to visitor control policy. Responsibilities include reporting child abuse, drug/alcohol usage, gang activity and psychological problems immediately.
Assigned to the Police Academy for a period of seventeen (17) weeks. Training topics will include Law, Police Science, Behavioral Science and physical training
- Start receiving pay and benefits from your first day of Recruit training
- Receive up to six (6) college credits for your Police Academy training (restrictions apply depending on the college)
Physical Agility Test
What is the School Safety Physical Agility Test?
The Physical Agility Test measures performance on simulated physical tasks that are both either frequently encountered by, or critical to the position of a School Safety Agent. The Physical Agility Test (pictured in schematic below) consists of two events:
Event #1: Simulated Emergency Response/Detain
15 Minute Break
Event #2: Simulated Stair Climb/Victim Rescue
School Safety Agent Physical Agility Test Tutoring
For dates and times call the Fitness Incentive Tracking Unit at (212) 477-7534.
The New York City Police Department School Safety Division is a registered participant of the Apprenticeship Training Program with the New York State Department of Labor. In order to qualify for apprenticeship a School Safety Agent must complete the training academy as well as on the job training. If both these qualifications are met, then upon completion of two years of service, the agent will receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship from the New York Department of Labor.
- Do I have to be a citizen? Is there an age limit to be appointed?
Candidates must be a United States Citizen to be appointed. Candidates must be 21 years of age to be appointed. There is no maximum age requirement.
- How long is the training to become a School Safety Agent?
The paid training consists of assignment to the Police Academy Recruit Training School for a period of fifteen (15) weeks.
- Does this position have union benefits?
Yes. School Safety Agents are covered under The Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 237. Coverage begins after 90 days of employment.
- Do School Safety Agents have to work nights, weekends, and holidays?
At all assignment levels, personnel may be required to work nights, weekends, and holidays.