We would like to use cookies to store information on your computer, to improve our website. One of the cookies we use is essential for parts of the site to operate and has already been set. You may delete and block all cookies from this site, but parts of the site will not work. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy notice. For privacy information for individuals within the European Union, see the SUNY GDPR privacy notice.
I accept cookies from this site.

Police Science

Police Science

The Police Science Degree Program at ECC has been designed to provide students interested in pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice with the opportunity to attend the Police Academy as part of their program studies. The first year or 34 credit hours of study is intended to provide the student with a foundation in criminal justice, English and social science courses that will smooth their transition into the specialized courses given in the second-year Academy program (Police Basic Training Course).

Students can then go on to pursue their careers with a law enforcement agency or elsewhere in the criminal justice system. Graduates of this program are not restricted to a career with a law enforcement agency. They also have the option to transfer their credits and pursue a four-year Bachelor of Science degree at another college or university.

Program Competencies

Upon graduating the Police Science Program, the officer will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the criminal justice vocabulary;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical and historical background in the three parts of criminal justice: law enforcement, courts and corrections;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the theories and causes of crime, whether economic, sociological and psychological;
  • operate a police vehicle in pursuit and rapid response situations;
  • prepare clear and concise police report and memos;
  • understand the fundamentals of police crime-scene investigation and other complaints
  • earn certification as an EMS First Responder;
  • attain a level of physical fitness consistent with Cooper Standards;
  • prove proficiency in arrest techniques, including use of non-lethal weapons;
  • perform patrol and traffic functions efficiently; and
  • possess familiarity with New York State Criminal Laws (e.g Penal Law, Code of Criminal Procedure and V&T Laws). 

Department Notes

Students can now earn an Associate in Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degree if they complete the Police Basic Training Certificate and complete the first two semesters of this program (34 credit hours). This is a great alternative for criminal justice students who want to earn an A.A.S. degree in just one and a half years while attending the academy.


Total Degree Credits: 64.0

First Year, Fall Semester
CR 150 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Credit Hours: 3
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3
GO 101 - American Government I Credit Hours: 3
PE 202 - Physical Fitness I Credit Hours: 1
PS 100 - General Psychology Credit Hours: 3
Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3

First Year, Spring Semester
CR 160 - Criminology Credit Hours: 3
EN 111 - Composition and Interpretation of Literature Credit Hours: 3
GO 102 - American Government II Credit Hours: 3
SO 100 - Introduction to Sociology Credit Hours: 3
Criminal Justice Elective Credit Hours: 3
Math Elective Credit Hours: 3

Law Enforcement Academy
PB 201 - Police Physical Fitness Credit Hours: 3
PB 202 - Basic Law for Police Credit Hours: 3
PB 203 - Emergency Medical Services/First Responder Credit Hours: 3
PB 204 - Police/Community Relations Credit Hours: 3
PB 205 - Police Administration of Justice Credit Hours: 3
PB 206 - Police Arrest Techniques Credit Hours: 3
PB 207 - Police Investigative Procedures Credit Hours: 3
PB 208 - Police Patrol Functions Credit Hours: 3
PB 209 - Police Traffic Procedures Credit Hours: 3
PB 210 - Emergency Vehicle Operations Credit Hours: 3

Note: Classes in the third and fourth semesters are all 3credit Police Academy courses. It is recommended that students take the above first and second semester courses first, but it is not necessary. They can complete any courses necessary for the AAS Degree in Police Science even after they complete the Police Basic Certificate and still earn a AAS Degree in Police Science.

Available At:

North Campus

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

Sworn Police Officer Affiliated with a NYS Certified Law Enforcement Agency, 30 semester credit hours of collegiate instruction with quality point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 system

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Law Enforcement Agencies
Correctional Facilities
Campus and Industrial Security
Graduates also receive certification from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services which certifies the student to attend an abbreviated police equivalency course (six week course) if hired by a police agency.

Hegis Code:


Curriculum Code:



Business & Public Service
Police Science

Need Help?

Joseph Strano
North Campus
Room B714B
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
P: (716) 270-5373