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Program information


Get the training you need to become an honest, ethical, and competent police officer in your community with this one-year certificate — a quick-start alternative to traditional police academies, which require employment as a police officer before training. It provides 85% of the basic training required to become a police officer in New York State, giving you a competitive edge over other applicants in the hiring process. Program faculty include law enforcement officials and adjunct faculty with experience in the field.

Please note: Additional training to complete the Basic Course for Police Officers can only be obtained once you are hired by a police agency and become a sworn police officer.

Upon completion of the two-year program, students should be competent in all of the following areas:

  • Preparation to enter the field of law enforcement
  • Speak and write effectively
  • Interact in a diverse population
  • Analyze quantitative information, and think critically
  • Demonstrate information literacy
  • Gainful Employment information 

See semester-by-semester plan.


Career opportunities

Provides the education component for future employment in the field of law enforcement.

Contact us

Sheila Flihan

Sheila Flihan, Dean
Payne Hall 345, Utica Campus
Phone: 315-792-5629

Troy Little, Director of Law Enforcement Programs
Phone: 315-731-5728