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Do you enjoy a challenge? Do you want a career that places you on the front lines of protecting your community? Do you want to receive your training at a nationally recognized training facility? If so, the Public Safety Training Center at Onondaga Community College has the right program for you.

The Pre-Employment Basic Course for Police Officers will prepare you to succeed in a rewarding career as a police officer. Students will learn the tactics, theory and skills required of today’s law enforcement professional. Examples of topics include basic law, arrest techniques, public safety procedures, investigation techniques, community relations, etc.

Successful completion of the Phase I Basic Course for Police Officers fulfills the requirement of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services that all police officers complete the Basic Course for Police Officers within one year of their employment. Once employed by a police agency, you will receive the remaining training to fully qualify you for this career.

All instructors in the program are certified by New York State as police instructors. Graduates of the program will receive a Law Enforcement certificate. In addition, successful candidates will be certified by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services for a period of two years as having satisfied the requirements for Phase 1 training.

The Public Safety Training Center at Onondaga Community College is a nationally recognized leader among educational providers in first responder education and training.

Admission Requirements

In addition to Onondaga Community College’s general admission requirements, students must place into (or complete prerequisite coursework for) a minimum level of ENG 103 indicating they can be successful in college credit-bearing coursework.