University Police Careers

University Police officers are responsible for the detection and prevention of crime, and the enforcement of state and local laws, rules and regulations in a diverse educational environment throughout twenty-eight State University of New York campuses. Officers are part of the educational process and teach on such topics as crime prevention, drug awareness, sexual assault, and traffic safety. They develop and maintain a positive relationship with students, faculty, and staff in order to ensure the safety and cooperation of the entire campus community.

To become a University Police Officer, a person must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Must not have reached their 35th birthday
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a New York State resident
  • Have completed 60 hours of college credits
    • two years of active military service with an honorable discharge may be substituted for 30 of the 60 credit hours
  • Possess a valid NYS drivers license
  • Pass a written civil service exam and be reachable on their canvassing
  • Pass a medical examination
  • Have binocular acuity of 20/30 corrected or no less than 20/100 uncorrected
  • Pass a physical agility test
  • Pass a psychological examination
  • Pass an extensive background investigation
  • Complete Basic School for Police Officers
  • Complete a probationary period

Pamphlets are available for pickup in our lobby.

If you have been canvased by our department and are reporting for the agility exam, please print out and complete the background investigation packet (pdf). You must turn this in to the University Police staff on duty upon your arrival.

University Police communications and security specialist 1 provides communications, security, and public safety services within a 24/7 operation in the University Police Department at the campuses of the State University of New York. Their primary responsibility is to function as a desk officer, including communication activities such as dispatching and using various databases, online systems, and multiple video sources. University Police Communications and Security Specialist 1 are required to wear uniforms. Where appropriate, they also may perform patrol duties and assist University Police officers.

To become a University Police communications and security specialist 1 (dispatcher), a person must:

  • Have one year of full time experience as a police or peace officer;
  • Or one year of full time experience as a dispatcher for a public safety agency including fire departments, emergency medical services, or law enforcement;
  • Or one year of active service and an honorable discharge from the United States military, where you served as a dispatcher or military police/security personnel;
  • Or 30 semester college credit hours from an accredited school
  • If appointed to a University Police communications and security specialist 1 position, you must obtain a security guard photo ID from the New York State Department of State within 90 days of appointment

For more information, or for test dates, please refer to the NY State Department of Civil Service website at

Questions regarding your qualifications for examinations can also be directed to the New York State Department of Civil Service at 518-457-2487 or 1-877-NYS-JOBS

Please note: All hiring at Alfred State UPD is done off of New York State Civil Service lists.