Airport Police Officer
Job Type

Syracuse Regional Airport Authority (SRAA), operator of Syracuse Hancock International Airport, is seeking part-time Airport Police Officers for the brand new police force at Syracuse Hancock International Airport. Responsibilities, under the supervision of the Airport Police Captain, include enforcing federal and state laws and local ordinances and maintaining order at Syracuse Hancock International Airport while conducting routine patrol duties on an assigned shift. We are seeking individuals who are community-service oriented, and prefer those with previous experience in law enforcement at a commercial airport.

Candidates must be able to work a regular schedule each week for one of the following shifts, not to exceed 29 hours per week on average:

A Watch - 12am-8am

B Watch - 8am-4pm

C Watch - 4pm-12am

Salary and Benefits for part-time police officers

  • $35.00 per hour, plus shift differential
  • NYS Deferred Compensation Plan (457b/Roth)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Paid leave to volunteer for community service
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Statutory benefits required by NYS, including short-term disability and workers compensation

*Part-time employees are not eligible for medical, dental or vision coverage, or paid time off other than that listed above

*Syracuse Regional Airport Authority is not part of the New York State Police and Fire Retirement System

Typical Work Activities

  • Patrols assigned areas on foot or within a vehicle, including curb management.
  • Responds to all aircraft emergency situations.
  • Directs traffic in congested and emergency areas.
  • Issues traffic and other citations or warnings.
  • Performs investigatory work.
  • Searches for and preserves evidence.
  • Checks doors and windows of unoccupied business and leased properties.
  • Investigates suspicious activities and makes arrests for violations of Federal and State Laws and local ordinances.
  • Escorts arrested individuals to jail and to court, and has them booked on charges.
  • Watches for and makes investigations of wanted and missing persons, stolen cars and property.
  • Maintains order in crowds at gatherings on airport grounds.
  • Answers questions for and directs the traveling public and airport visitors
  • Receives complaints from the public.
  • Utilizes radio technology for communications with airport personnel and other law enforcement and emergency management agencies.
  • Make daily reports of activities
  • Thorough knowledge of accepted principles and practices of law enforcement as applied to airport and aviation security practices.
  • Good knowledge of New York State Penal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Vehicle and Traffic Law and other relevant state and local laws.
  • Good knowledge of FAA and TSA policies, including 49 CFR Part 1542 and practices governing security at commercial airports.
  • Good knowledge of 14 CFR Part 139 – Certification of Airports
  • Good knowledge of the modern methods and techniques employed in airport safety and security.
  • Proficient in use of a personal computer, and Microsoft Office Suite products, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Proficient in use of radio communications technology.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in English (bilingual is a plus)
  • Ability to maintain positive professional relationships with a diverse staff, including management, employees, tenants, vendors, regulatory agents, and other law enforcement and emergency management agencies.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make effective decisions in alignment with the mission and values of Syracuse Regional Airport Authority.
  • Ability to work independently or as a team in a high stress and life-threating situation.
  • Ability to follow commands without hesitation, particularly in emergency situations
  • Ability to following written and verbal directions
  • Ability to be courteous and firm with the general public, focused both on customer service and safety and security.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports in an organized and clear manner.
  • Ability in the use and care of firearms.
  • Able to work primarily in doors in office setting and occasionally outdoors on foot or in vehicle in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to perform lifesaving procedures.
  • Physical strength and agility sufficient to perform police work.
  • Must meet the physical, mental, and certification requirements of New York State statutes for law enforcement, including hand and arm steadiness, ability to use a keyboard and telephone, occasional lifting/pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs., walking, standing, balancing, kneeling, bending, feeling, climbing, smelling, twisting, sufficient hand-eye coordination and position mobility in ankles, knees, hips, and back, vision, speech, and hearing necessary to perform the essential tasks and maintain proficiency standards and positions for the “gun” and “non-gun” hand. Must have physical stamina to chase and subdue fleeing persons
  • For Retired Police Officers working Part-Time: Must be licensed to carry a firearm and have arrest authority.
  • Previous law enforcement experience at a Commercial airport is preferred

Preferred Qualifications

Previous law enforcement experience at a commercial airport is preferred.

Minimum Qualifications

Must have valid Police Academy Certification at time of appointment.

Citizenship: Candidates must be citizens of the United States at time of appointment.

License: Possession of a valid New York State driver's license at time of appointment, and must be maintained during length of employment.

Physical: Candidates must meet the prescribed general physical and medical conditions as stated in the Municipal Police Training Council standards.

Moral Character: Candidates must be of a good moral character with no conviction of a felony. Conviction of a misdemeanor or other offense, including traffic violation, may bar appointment.

For Retired Police Officers working Part-Time: Must be licensed to carry a firearm and have arrest authority.

Other requirements

*Any offer of employment is contingent on passing a security clearance background check and pre-employment drug test and physical.

*Must be able to obtain and maintain a Security Identification Display Area (SIDA) badge.
*Position is currently provisional with Civil Service. Being reachable on a competitive examination eligibility list may be required for permanent appointment; however, request for change of jurisdictional classification to non-competitive is pending with Civil Service.

*SRAA will support 211-waiver application; however, approval is at the discretion of New York State Commission on Civil Service.

To learn more about our organization, including our mission, vision, and values, please visit:

SRAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, dedicated to developing a diverse and inclusive workforce that is representative of the people and region we serve, and encourages people from all backgrounds to apply.
Salary Description
$35.00/hour, plus shift differential