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Police Academy FAQ

Police Academy FAQ

Additional information and answers to the most commonly asked questions:

What are the requirements to participate?

Determine if you meet the minimum qualifications and if you will be employed or seeking the pre-employment course.

Sworn officers must be:

  • Hired by a police department, full- or part-time, prior to enrollment in ASPA and registered as a police officer with New York State’s Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) on the state registry.
  • Pass standardized physical fitness tests.

Pre-employment recruits must be:

  • At least 19 years of age.
  • Complete a background check process (no felony convictions; other offense history will be reviewed more carefully during the application process).
  • Meet physical fitness and medical standards requirements.
  • Complete an oral interview.

How is Pre-Employment (Phase I) program different than the Employed (Phase II) program?

During Phase I of the academy, all recruits participate in all training and activities.  Phase II, limited to those recruits employed by police agencies, includes modules such as firearms, counter-terrorism, baton/ASP, active shooter training, and standardized field training.  Once a pre-employment recruit is hired by a police agency, the pre-employment graduate may then return to the ASPA to take the remaining course work and the required field training in Phase 2 and obtain the full police basic certification.   

How long does the certificate last and am I guaranteed a job?

Both the Pre-Employment certificate and the Basic Course for Police certificate last for a period of two years.  Maintaining active employment as a police officer continuously extends the certificate.  Pre-employment graduates have up to two years to secure a position as a police officer (part- or full-time) in order for the certification to remain valid.   This is an important consideration is assessing both the risk and timing of your potential attendance in the ASPA. 

Recruits who graduate the program are not guaranteed a job!  Graduates of the ASPA would need to apply for employment with police agencies of interest for full-time employment. This typically includes applying and taking civil service examinations to be placed on a candidate list.

Where will the academy classes be held?

The ASPA will use primary classroom space in the Physical & Health Sciences Building on the Alfred campus.  The variety of course work throughout the academy, however, will require that recruits are learning in classrooms, labs, gym, and external locations to ensure the highest quality experience for the participants. 

Is the academy residential and will housing be available?

The academy does not require recruits to stay on campus but is offering housing in the brand new MacKenzie Commons apartments at a deeply discounted rate of $50 per week.  The apartments will be shared but are single occupancy bedrooms and include kitchens.  The housing option will allow both hired officers from more distant departments and students in the pre-employment program to participate with greater convenience.

What uniforms and equipment do I need or will be provided?

Upon acceptance and completed registration into the program, the academy will provide recruits with their academy uniform and pants. First set of PT gear consisting of T-shirt and shorts. Penal Law book, Criminal Procedure Law book, and Vehicle and Traffic Law book. Duty rig consisting of duty belt, handcuffs, handcuff case and holster. Recruits are tasked with providing, wearing, and maintaining, black shoes or boots, and black belt as part of the uniform. Any additional PT gear and any other incidentals are the responsibility of the recruit.  The ASPA will provide recruits a list of needed equipment in advance and the Campus Store will have equipment packs available.

Are meals included?

Meals are not included in the ASPA.  Recruits opting to live in the MacKenzie Commons apartments will have kitchens in their apartments.  Alfie's, a campus eatery, will be open for the majority of the academy during lunch. Break times and breakout space will be provided to accommodate recruits at normal intervals.

How much does it cost?

The course cost for the academy is $4,600.  A $600 non-refundable deposit will be required to secure a space in this program.  

What does a typical week of classes consist of?

See our 2019 academy schedule (pdf). Disclaimer: schedule subject to change should the need arise.