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

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Program Description

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.

Program 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 by 6% between 2012 and 2022."

Potential earnings in New York State average $78,930 at the 50 percent mark. These numbers increase if employment is found with state or federal entities.

Successful completion of these courses does not guarantee employment.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

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 Services
  • 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.

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.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions.





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