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Police Basic Training

Police Basic Training

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. 

Pre-employment Police Basic Training Certificate Cost Summary (approximate):
SUNY Erie Tuition: $5916.50
Uniforms & Equipment: 300.00 (*approximate)
Books and Supplies: 300.00
TOTAL: $ 6516.50*

*All above are approximate; however, grand total should be within 10% of amount shown.

Download the General Information form with important dates and information.

Admissions Requirements

  • Must have completed 30 credit hours of college course work (waived for veterans).
  • Must have a 2.5 QPA or higher.
  • Must have no felony convictions.
  • Must have valid NYS Driver's License.
  • Must be able to pass a physical agility pre-test (push-ups, sit-ups and 1.5 mile run).
  • Must pass an oral interview by Academy Committee.
  • Must be a legal resident of New York State.
  • Must pass all of Erie Community College's admission criteria. 

Physical Agility Entry Level Testing

20-29 38 29 12:38
30-39 35 24 12:58
40-49 29 18 13:50
50-59 24 13 15:06
60 + 19 10 16:46


20-29 32 15 14:50
30-39 25 11 15:43
40-49 20 9 16:31
50-59 14 N/A 18:18
60+ 6 N/A 20:16

Required Forms:
Physician's Release Form
Personal Information Release Form
Copy of Driver's License and Poof of US Citizenship Form

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with the certificate in Police Basic Training, the officer will be able to:

  • qualify on the range with a variety of police weapons;
  • operate a police vehicle in pursuit and rapid response situations;
  • prepare clear and concise police reports and memos;
  • understand the fundamentals of police crime scene investigation;
  • earn certification as an EMS First Responder;
  • attain a level of physical fitness consistent with Cooper Standards;
  • prove proficiency in arrest techniques, including use of non-lethal weapons;
  • perform patrol and traffic functions efficiently; and
  • possess familiarity with New York State Criminal Laws (e.g Penal Law, Code of Criminal Procedure and V&T Laws). 

Physical Agility Exit (Graduation) Level Testing

20-29 40 33 11:58
30-39 36 27 12:24
40-49 31 21 13:12
50-59 26 15 14:23
60 + 20 15 15:56


20-29 35 18 14:04
30-39  27 14 14:34
40-49 22 11 15:34
50-59 17 9 17:19
60 8 9 19:04

Mission Statement and Goals

The mission of the Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy has been to provide basic police training and in service police training to local law enforcement for all of Erie County. Since becoming part of ECC and retaining its partnership with Central Police Services through a contractual agreement the academy has expanded its mission. It now also trains qualified applicants by offering a pre-employment certification. In addition the academy has vertically expanded its law enforcement training to include certification for campus public safety officers and security guards becoming a one stop trainer for all of local enforcement in Erie County. The Academy also provides in service training to local law enforcement agencies including probation. In 2011 there were a total 60 in-service courses, in addition to the two basic recruit training sessions held each year.

The Academy is a great place to begin your career in law enforcement. With a degree from us you will stand out above the rest of the world. Whether you want to finalize your career on patrol keeping the peace, or as a captain calling the shots, it all starts here.


Total Degree Credits: 30.0

First Year, Fall Semester
PB 201 - Police Physical Fitness Credit Hours: 3
PB 202 - Basic Law for Police Credit Hours: 3
PB 203 - Emergency Medical Services/First Responder Credit Hours: 3
PB 204 - Police/Community Relations Credit Hours: 3
PB 205 - Police Administration of Justice Credit Hours: 3
PB 206 - Police Arrest Techniques Credit Hours: 3
PB 207 - Police Investigative Procedures Credit Hours: 3
PB 208 - Police Patrol Functions Credit Hours: 3
PB 209 - Police Traffic Procedures Credit Hours: 3
PB 210 - Emergency Vehicle Operations Credit Hours: 3

Note: Classes start in early August and January of each year.

Available At:

North Campus

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.
Gainful Employment Information

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Police Basic Training-PreEmployment

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Joseph Strano
North Campus
Room B714B
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
P: (716) 270-5373