Police Academy/Peace Officer Academy

Police Academy 2024

The Alfred State Police Academy 2024 dates are as follows:

  • Phase I: May 14 - Aug. 16, 2024
  • Phase II: Aug. 19 - Sept. 20, 2024

Established in 2018, the Alfred State Police Academy serves as a regional training center to offer high-quality training to current and future law enforcement professionals. See the Center for Extended Learning page to find related professional development courses underway. The Basic Course for Police is now scheduled for May 14, 2024. Add your name to our list if you are interested in receiving more information about joining our next class.

The Alfred State Police Academy is designed to serve cadets both pre-employment (Phase I) and employed (Phase II) while earning the Basic Course for Police Officers Certificate. The Academy directly benefits the entire Western New York region and provides police departments in Allegany and neighboring counties with high-quality law enforcement training opportunities and access to the corresponding certifications.

Basic Course for Police

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Entry into the program requires approval from the program/session director after completing all entry criteria including physical fitness testing and medical requirements. Phase I pre-employment cadets will also require a criminal history check (a felony conviction in any state disallows participation) and an oral interview. Completion of the program and obtaining the certificate is not a guarantee of employment with any agency.

Academy participants will gain knowledge and expertise in New York State laws, investigations, defensive tactics, emergency services and management, emergency vehicle operations, and many more topics as outlined by the New York State’s Basic Course for Police Officers.

Criminal Justice Programs at Alfred State College

Alfred State offers both Associate in Science (AS) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in criminal justice. The Alfred State Police Academy will complement these degree programs by providing students wanting to work in policing the opportunity to complete their degree in the same location where they complete their police training curriculum. The academy will offer cadets enrolled in our criminal justice degree programs the opportunity to apply up to 12 college credits toward elective requirements in the Bachelor of Science degree program. Being able to take advantage of the credits requires early and careful planning by the student in consultation with their faculty adviser.

Contact Us to Apply and for More Information

For more information, please email the Center for Extended Learning or call 607-587-4017.

Basic Peace Officer Academy Course

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The Alfred State Police Academy will once again offer the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Basic Peace Officer Course. The 179-hour course will begin on May 14, 2024.

A peace officer is responsible for the following:

  • Enforcing laws and ordinances
  • Investigating crimes
  • Making arrests
  • Conducting investigations
  • Issuing citations for traffic violations
  • Responding to emergency calls such as domestic violence incidents or fires

The DCJS Basic Peace Officer Course mirrors the first seven weeks of the Alfred State Police Academy, during this time the cadets will learn:

  • Powers of a Peace Officer
  • NYS Penal Law
  • NYS Criminal Procedure Law
  • De-escalation Techniques
  • Ethics and professionalism
  • Defensive Tactics include how to apply handcuffs, if necessary, how to use minimal force to gain compliance without causing injury to either party involved, use of force.
  • Laws of arrest
  • Interview and interrogation Skills
  • Discretionary Powers
  • Use of Narcan for opioid overdoses
  • Fundamental Crisis Intervention Skills
  • Report writing and professional Communications

Learn more about the Peace Officer Course and the 2024 Alfred State Police Academy. For more information, please contact the Center for Extended Learning.