The Job:

A University Police Officer is 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. University Police Officers adhere to high standards of personal and professional ethics.

University Police Officers are part of the educational process and they speak on topics such as sexual assault, drug awareness, crime prevention, 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.

Whatever the assignment, wherever the opportunity, University Police Officers perform their duties consistent with the educational mission of the campuses they serve.

The Requirements:

University Police Officers must meet the highest standards in New York State, as well as in the country, for law enforcement officers.

To become a University Police Officer, a person must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age;

  • Be a United States citizen;

  • Be a New York State resident;

  • Have completed 60 hours of college credits or two years of active military service with an honorable discharge

    may be substituted for 30 of the 60 hours of college credit hours;

  • Possess a valid New York State drivers license;

  • Pass a written Civil Service exam and be reachable on their list for canvassing;

  • Pass a medical examination;

  • Have a binocular acuity of 20/30 corrected or no less than 20/100 uncorrected;

  • Pass a physical agility test (includes but not limited to:  sit-ups, push-ups, 1.5 mile run);

  • Pass a psychological evaluation;

  • Pass an extensive background investigation;

  • Complete a Basic School for Police Officers;

  • Complete a probationary period.

The Training:

Upon successful completion of the selection process, recruits begin training at a Basic School for Police Officers.  Recruits will receive  training in such areas as:

  • Criminal Procedure Law

  • Penal Law

  • Report Writing

  • Investigation Procedures

  • Report Writing

  • Vehicle & Traffic Law

  • Accident Investigation

  • Emergency Medical Services

  • Emergency Vehicle Operations

  • Communications

  • Firearms Training

  • Community Relations

  • Crime Prevention

  • Physical Fitness/Wellness

  • Defensive Tactics

  • Supervised Field Training

  • Police Functions


Dates and applications for entrance examinations can be obtained from your nearest New York State Employment Office.  Information is also available on the internet at Civil Service. Particular questions regarding your qualifications for the examination can also be directed by mail to the NYS Department of Civil Service, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, Albany, NY 12239 or by telephone at (877) 697-5627.

You may also access recruitment information on the NYS University Police Facebook page.