Employment Opportunities

The next test will be offered on November 19 2016. Applications were due by October 12, 2016 and entry to this test is now closed.

Take the Test

The Cheektowaga Police Department hires only from the Erie County Civil Service list. The Civil Service test for Police Officer is given every three years. The candidate must not have reached his/her 35th birthday on or before the date of the written examination. More information is available from the Erie County Website.

  • To prepare for the civil service test, New York State offers a Test Guide and a Frequently Asked Questions section, available by clicking HERE.

Pre-Employment Training Option

  • For those who are interested in law enforcement as a career, Erie Community College offers a Police Basic Training Program. This program is part of the same Police Academy that sworn Police Officers attend. Graduates of this program, if hired, do not need to attend the full Police Academy; but instead go through a “Phase II” training that is completed in just a few weeks. More information is available by clicking HERE.

Pass the Written Test

  • Those who pass the Police Officer test are placed on the list for the Police Department in the City or Town in which they live. Candidates must live anywhere in Erie County to be placed on the list for Cheektowaga Police. (Effective March 2016). There is no minimum amount of time a candidate must live at an address before he or she can use it on the application. Candidates must move into Cheektowaga within 6 months of being hired. Those candidates for other jurisdictions who move to a new Town or City must change their address through Erie County Civil Service. Currently, Erie County makes address changes effective the 15th of the month following the date of the address change application.  Any updates to this will be noted in the link below.  The change of address form is available by clicking HERE.

Score Well

  • After Erie County mails out test scores, they also will schedule physical agility tests for candidates passing and scoring high enough on the written test.
  • Once test results are received, and the Department is ready to begin the hiring process, eligible candidates are selected by their test score. Candidates are sent a canvass letter by the Town, to see if they are still interested in the position. If more than one candidate has the same score, all candidates at that scoring level receive a canvass letter. The Department is required to hire one of the top three candidates, if more than three candidates have the same score all are considered equal as the “top three”. Below is a link to the applicable Civil Service Law; CSL § 61.1, CSR § 3.6, 4.2

Background Investigation and Hiring Requirements

  • Those who indicate on their canvass letter that they are interested in the Police Officer job will undergo a thorough background investigation. This includes verifying that the candidate has the required education:
  1. Completion of 60 semester credit hours from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university at the time of appointment; OR
  2. Completion of 30 semester credit hours from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university and completion of one year of active duty military service at the time of appointment; OR
  3. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (a) and (b).
  • In addition, a background check for the Cheektowaga Police Department includes, but is not limited to:

Extensive application, which includes detailing personal interests

Full criminal history, Finger Print Check, Driver’s License Check, Credit check, Interviews with all former employers, Interviews with family and friends

Interviews with former neighbors, partners, etc.

Drug Test, Social Media check, Pre- and Post- employment offer Psychological Exam, Polygraph Exam, Personal Interview

  • Documents required for the Background Investigation include, but are not limited to:

Birth certificate, Driver’s License, Social Security Card, Selective Service registration/Military Discharge, Marriage Certificate, Transcripts from High School and College, Diplomas from High School and College, Credit Report

Tattoo Policy

In order to preserve a professional appearance and promote confidence in us from the public which we serve, the Cheektowaga Police has adopted an official tattoo and body piercing policy.

Body Piercing / uniformed employees:

While on duty uniformed employees will not have visible body piercing jewelry, including all facial and tongue piercing, with the exception of ear piercing for female uniformed employees as outlined previously. This includes any body piercing visible through the uniform or clothing.

Tattoos / uniformed employees:

A uniformed employee will not have any tattoos, body art or branding on the head, face, neck, scalp or hands. Any visible tattoo, body art or branding that is obscene, advocates or symbolizes gangs or extremist groups, drug use, or sexual or racial discrimination are not permitted. While on duty, excessive tattooing, body art or branding shall not be exposed or visible (including through uniform or clothing). Excessive is defined as exceeding one third of the exposed body part.

Candidates will be screened during processing at which time a determination will be made as to whether an applicant is in violation of the policy. If a candidate is found to be in violation then that person will have the option of having the tattoo or the visible portion thereof, removed at their own expense. If a candidate expresses a willingness to have this done, then their application will be placed on hold until the process is completed.

Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the hiring and selection process lieutenant.

Final Hiring Steps

  • For those who pass the background investigation and interview process, an offer of employment may be made.
  • Those who are hired who already have the Police Basic Training will go through a Phase II of Academy training, in the proficiencies not included in the Police Basic course. Those who are hired without this Program will attend the Erie County Central Police Services Training Academy. The Academy is run twice a year; and lasts approximately 20 weeks. It encompasses all NYS mandated topics for Police Training, which includes NYS Penal and Criminal Procedure Law, Physical Fitness training and testing, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Emergency Vehicle Operations, and much more. Minimum passing scores are required for every subject area.
  • Once Academy requirements are fulfilled, new officers enter the Cheektowaga Police Department Field Training Officer (FTO) Program. This intense, 16 week program prepares a new officer to work a solo assignment in a safe, skillful, productive and professional manner. Recruit officers are graded every day, on every action they take. The program begins with one week of administrative and practical training. It then moves to five, three week phases during which recruit officers work under the guidance and supervision of Field Training Officers. Every Field Training Officer is New York State certified to be a training officer. These officers guide and supervise recruit officers as they answer calls, learn Departmental policies and procedures; and eventually function as a single officer. The program builds on the foundation of knowledge given at the police academy, creating an environment in which the recruit officer develops new skills as well as increases proficiency in those acquired in the academic setting.

Hiring Steps

Take the Test

Pre-Employment Training

Pass the Test

Score Well


Final Hiring Steps