Police Basic Training

30 Credit Certificate Program

Hegis Code: 5505 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 29497 admissions@sunyulster.edu

To find out more about the Police Basic Training program, visit our website here.

Program Description
The Police Basic Training certificate program is organized to include the learning objectives mandated by the state-approved police academy curriculum. These courses must be completed by full-time study as one cohesive unit, during one session. Day and evening session formats are offered to accommodate the needs of students and police employers.

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 law including, penal law, family and juvenile law, mental hygiene law, vehicle and traffic law and criminal procedure law;
• Apply various laws to established police procedure and public safety response techniques;
• Demonstrate knowledge, actions and procedures required of police officers;
• Qualify for law enforcement careers with appreciation and understanding of legal, physical and mental demands of the profession.

Employment Potential
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." They also state 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.

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Requirements for Program Entry

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory medical exam
  • Compliance with established dress codes and supplies
  • No felony convictions
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License
  • Must meet physical standards established by Department of Criminal Justice Systems
  • Click here to Get Started – Required Forms & Deadlines

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.

Developmental Assistance Available
For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements, or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, Patrik Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information
James Truitt, Department Chair
Criminal Justice and Human Services 
Office: Hardenburgh Hall, HAR 120
Phone: 800:724-0833, ext 5156 or
E-mail: truittj@sunyulster.edu

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here

Police Basic Training students must maintain a C+ in all required PBT courses to be eligible for graduation. Students will be required to supply their own transportation to off-campus labs and learning sites. PBT courses must be completed in sequence during one approved session. Participation is required in all phases of the educational process.

Course Sequence
Click on the Course Number for the course description.

Course Number Description Credits
PBT 103 Principles of Law for Police Officers 7
PBT 105 Police Procedure 4
PBT 106 Police Procedure - Proficient 8
PBT 109 Police Investigative Techniques 6
PBT 111 Community Relations for Police Officers 5
Total Credits 30
* ENG 101 is a pre/co-requisite for all history and 200-level sociology courses.