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
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.