Police Basic Training
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Program Description

The pre-employment Police Basic Training Certificate Program provides students with the opportunity to complete many aspects of basic police training before being appointed as a police officer in New York. Based on the approach already used in 36 states, New York now allows approved police academies to offer men and women interested in police careers the opportunity to complete much of the mandated academy work prior to being hired by a department. The Erie Community College/Central Police Services Academy is authorized to conduct the "Phase I" program and is now accepting applications.

The Police Basic Training Certificate Program is designed to equip students with the knowledge of criminal law, physical fitness, emergency vehicle operation, first aid, and a number of other relevant subjects. This program requires 30 credit hours prior to enrollment. This 30-hour requirement is waived for veterans. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive another 30 credit hours and will be eligible for hiring.

The certificate delves into the above topics and helps prepare individuals for their future employment with local police departments. Our mission is to enhance public safety in our community through programs that emphasize ethics, excellence, professionalism and current "best practices" in our field for entry level and veteran public safety professionals.

The Academy is full-time, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., for 17 weeks. This concentrated program allows you to complete 30 credits in one extended semester.

Degree: Certificate
Hegis: 5505
Curriculum Code: 1827
Campus Location: North
Business & Public Service Division

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Pre-Admission Recommendations:
Sworn Police Office affiliated with a NYS certified Law Enforcement Agency
30 Semester Credit Hours of Collegiate Instruction with Quality Point Average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 System.

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Law Enforcement Agencies
Correctional Facilities
Security Operations
Graduates also receive certification from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services which certifies the student to attend an abbreviated (“Phase II”) Police Equivalency Course (six-week course) if hired by a police agency.


Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.


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