30‐Credit Certificate Program
Hegis Code: 5505
The Police Basic Training certificate program is organized to include the learning objectives mandated by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) state‐approved police academy curriculum. These courses must be completed by full‐time study. Classes may be given during the days, evenings, or weekends.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the Police Basic Training Certificate program, a student will be able to
- Demonstrate working knowledge of New York State penal law and family law, including juvenile, vehicle and traffic law and criminal procedure law;
- Apply various laws, officer safety and response techniques;
- Demonstrate knowledge, actions and procedures required of police officers;
- Establish requirements necessary to become a local police officer in the State of New York.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Employment of police and detectives is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2010.” It also states that “layoffs, on the other hand, are rare because retirements enable most staffing cuts to be handled through attrition.” Successful completion of these courses does not guarantee employment.
Potential earnings range from $30,460 to $50,230 at the 50 percent mark. These numbers increase if employment is found with state or federal entities.
Requirements for Program Entry
- No felony convictions evidenced by criminal history fingerprint verification
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Satisfactory medical exam
- Compliance with established dress codes and supplies
- Must meet physical standards established by Division of Criminal Justice Systems
- Valid New York State driver’s license
SUNY Ulster recognizes that there are many people and agencies, public and private, which could benefit from this certificate program. Please contact the Admissions Office to discuss your experience to determine eligibility.
For More Information
1‐800‐724‐0833 ext. 5018 or 5022
James Truitt, Chairperson, Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Office: Hardenbergh Hall, HAR 120
Phone: 800:724‐0833, ext. 5156 or 845:687‐5156