August 7, 2023 - Deadline to Apply for the Civil Service Exam

New Recruits,

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  • Deadline to Apply to take the exam: August 7, 2023
  • Date of the Exam: September 9, 2023
  • Location of Exam: Ithaca, NY (exact location to be announced)

Who We Want

Lt. Ted Schwartz, Acting Chief of the Ithaca Police Department
Lt. Ted Schwartz, Ithaca Police

Across the United States and in the Ithaca community, society is embracing moments of change and growth.


Be a part of the change and growth!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I cross-file or take the test at another location?

Candidates who apply for one or more examinations offered on the same date by any City, County, or State Civil Service agency located in New York State must make arrangements to take all the examinations at one test site. If you would like to take the Ithaca Police Department test but are sitting in another exam location, please contact our Human Resource Office at (607) 274-6539 or

What age limits are there for Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff?

Individuals interested in provisional or permanent appointment to a competitive class Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff position should note that the maximum age established in Section 58 requires the candidate must not have reached his/her 35th birthday on or before the date of the written examination. New York State’s maximum age for employing law enforcement officers was enacted by the New York State Legislature in April 1999. Individuals who participate in the written examination prior to reaching their 35th birthday and subsequently turn 35 years of age while their name appears on a valid eligible list continue to be eligible for permanent appointment for the life of that list.

Section 58 also imposes a minimum age of 20 years of age as of the date of appointment.

For the details, please review the “Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff ” section on the NYS Local Civil Service Administration and Examinations Frequently Asked Questions webpage at

Are there any exceptions to the age requirement?

Section 243(10-a) of the New York State Military Law provides age deductions for military service for applicants who seek positions for which maximum age requirements have been established. Generally, an individual may have the period of military duty, as defined in Section 243(1-b), deducted from his/her chronological age to meet such age requirements. The maximum amount of time which can be deducted is seven years. However, there are certain limitations and restrictions provided in the statute.

For the details, please review the “Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff ” section on the NYS Local Civil Service Administration and Examinations Frequently Asked Questions webpage at



Compensationand Benefits Package

  • $74,000 starting salary with full salary during training, for appointments from January 1, 2024
  • Top salary of $94,375 is achieved after 3 full years.
  • 20- or 25-year retirement with NYS Fire/Police pension benefits.
  • Quality Blue Cross/Blue Shield health benefits.
  • Eye, dental, and life insurance options.
  • Full membership to The Gym at

Recruitment and Job Stability

  • The Ithaca Police Department actively works to diversify our team.
  • We work to attract, train, and retain quality candidates and officers.
  • We are committed to our mission of Integrity, Professionalism, Inclusion, and Community.

Work-life Balance

  • The four-on-two-off schedule equates to about 8 hours per day, and it’s rare to need to work for longer periods.
  • Time-off options allow vacation blocks and several days off per year.
  • No residential requirement means you'll have access to a variety of school systems and living locations.

Career Development

  • The Ithaca Police Department values training and invests in career development opportunities for its Officers.
  • There are options for advancement as well as special assignments.
  • We support continuing education.


  • We are active participants in the many festivals and local events in the area.
  • Ithaca Police Officers engage with the community in various ways, including being a bike officer, working in schools, and even wearing a public relations hat on occasion.
  • The Ithaca Police Department frequently provides protection for peaceful protests and demonstrations.


  • The Ithaca Police Department and Ithaca Fire Department compete in a friendly game of softball each year.
  • The area boasts a number of sports leagues and recreational organizations and clubs.
  • NCAA sports are popular in the area because of Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Syracuse University.

Get Started

The Ithaca Police Department (IPD) contracted dhgoodall LLC to create and facilitate an exploration process that enhances the recruitment experience for new police officer candidates.

Step 1: Optional But Valuable to You and Us


Completing the Exploration Form is an opportunity for you to connect with the Ithaca Police Department before and during the application process to discover what it’s like to be a police officer in the city of Ithaca, New York. As a thank-you for completing the exploration form, we will provide you with some of the official interview questions for the position by email from

Note: This Exploration Form is NOT the Official Application. You will still need to complete the application linked below in STEP 2.

Step 2


NOTE: Police Officer recruitment and hiring work a little differently from traditional positions. First, you will need to apply to be permitted to take the written Civil Service Exam. The Civil Service Exam will be on September 9, 2023, and the deadline to submit your application to be permitted to take the exam is August 4, 2023. When you click the button below, look for POLICE OFFICER EXAM NO. 68-106.

Overview of the Process

  1. COMPLETE THE EXPLORATION FORM. Complete the exploration form as soon as possible for the best experience, to connect with Ithaca Police Officers, and to receive updates.
  2. START AND COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. The deadline to complete and submit your application to take the Civil Service Exam is August 5, 2022.
  3. PREPARE FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE EXAM. If you complete the exploration form, you will receive resources to help you prepare for the written Civil Service Exam as soon as they become available.
  4. COMMIT TO AN EXERCISE ROUTINE. Start and maintain a regular fitness schedule to prepare for the Physical Fitness Test. If you complete the exploration form, you will receive a guide to help you prepare for the test as soon as the document is available.