New York Correction Law
1. Employees in the department who perform the duties of supervising inmates released on community supervision shall be parole officers.
2. No person shall be eligible for the position of parole officer who is under twenty-one years of age or who does not possess a baccalaureate degree conferred by a post-secondary institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States office of education, or who is not fit physically, mentally and morally. Parole officer selection shall be based on definite qualifications as to character, ability and training with an emphasis on capacity and ability to provide a balanced approach to influencing human behavior and to use judgment in the enforcement of the rules and regulations of community supervision. Parole officers shall be persons likely to exercise a strong and helpful influence upon persons placed under their supervision while retaining the goal of protecting society.
3. The commissioner, acting in cooperation with the civil service commission, shall establish standards, preliminary requisites and requisites to govern the selection and appointment of parole officers. * 3-a. In order to best effectuate the provisions of subdivision two of this section the commissioner shall, pursuant to subdivision one of section seventy of the civil service law, transfer any employee who held the position of facility parole officer I or facility parole officer II on January first, two thousand twelve and who wishes to accept such transfer, to fill any open position in the parole officer or senior parole officer title. The provisions of this subdivision shall apply to facility parole officer I or facility parole officer II employees for the period that the certificate attesting to satisfactory completion of the training requirements for peace officer eligibility awarded to such employee remains valid pursuant to the provisions of subdivision six of section 2.30 of the criminal procedure law. In no instance shall the department appoint a newly hired employee to a parole officer or senior parole officer position where an employee, eligible under this subdivision, is willing and able to transfer to such position. An employee transferred under this subdivision shall in no instance displace an incumbent employee in the parole officer or senior parole officer title or a person who is on a preferred list or reemployment roster for the position of parole officer or senior parole officer pursuant to section eighty-one or eighty-one-a of the civil service law. * NB Repealed December 31, 2015 4. A parole or warrant officer, in performing or in attempting to perform an arrest pursuant to and in conformance with the provisions of article one hundred forty of the criminal procedure law, shall be deemed to have performed such actions, relating to such arrest, in the course of employment in the department for purposes of disability or death from any injuries arising therefrom. The provisions of this subdivision shall apply whether or not such parole or warrant officer was on duty for the department at the time of performing such actions or performed such actions outside of his or her regular or usual duties within the department.