How our Public Safety Training Center can help you
Our Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) offers training, in the form of degree programs and individual courses, to law enforcement, fire service, and emergency medical service professionals. Many of the courses are also open to the general public.
Our PSTC programs have been formally recognized for their innovation by The United States Department of Justice, and we're proud to offer them at OCC.
PSTC Degree Programs
OCC’s Fire Protection Technology degree is the only program in New York State to offer national firefighter certification
Our Fire Protection Certification is offered through one of most progressive programs in the state.
Our law enforcement program is approved by New York State, and offers first-rate training.
PSTC Individual Courses
Our Law Enforcement course is taught in two phases. Phase I is taught on-campus, over the course of two semesters, and is a Pre-Employment Basic Course. Students move on to Phase II of their training after they've been hired by a police agency.
The Phase I Police Academy program is an evening program, meeting three evenings a week from 6:00 -10:00 p.m., and Saturday mornings from 6:00-8:30 a.m. Before you register, please make sure you have:
- A High School Diploma / GED
- A valid NYS drivers license
- Proof of US citizenship
- Proof of age (All applicants must be at least 19 years old to enroll.)
- Ability to pass English Placement testing (All applicants must test at ENG-103 level.)
- Ability to pass a Physical Agility Assessment that includes sit-ups, pushups, and a 1.5mile run in a timed environment
- Willingness to conduct a phone and/or in-person interview
To Get Started:
- Learn more by by viewing our
- Complete an OCC application, including sending in immunization records, high school transcripts, and college transcripts (if applicable)
- Complete English Placement Testing
- Apply for financial aid (if applicable.)
The Public Safety Training Center offers:
- Courses for fire departments on a contract basis
- Individual courses for advanced and continuing education
Public Safety Critical Incident Management (PSCIM) Course Offerings
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits/Hours|
|EMG-152||PSCIM (Meets Mon/Wed, 11/5 - 11/14, 6-10pm) @ Mulroy Hall, R324||1|
This course walks through the basics of:
- Permit requirements
- Legal responsibilities
- Safe storage and childproofing
OCC's Handgun Safety Course is taught by NYS DCJS-certified firearms instructors and fulfills requirements for obtaining a pistol permit in Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison, Oswego, and Seneca counties. It's a one-day commitment, that lasts approximately four hours. The course costs $49 to attend, and is offered at OCC's main campus, OCC's Liverpool campus, and the Community Room (JCPenney wing) at the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn.
Register for the Handgun Safety Course online or use the printable form:
|Term||Section Name||Day||Date of Class||Time||Location||Reg Deadline|
|CE20FA||HGS.ce-001-001||Tues||September 8, 2020||5:00-9:00pm||OCC – North Site, Liverpool||9/6/20|
|CE20FA||HGS.ce-001-002||Thur||September 10, 2020||5:30-9:30pm||OCC – Mawhinney Hall, M192||9/7/20|
|CE20FA||HGS.ce-001-003||Sat||September 26, 2020||9:30am-1:30pm||OCC – Mawhinney Hall, M345||9/23/20|
|CE20FA||HGS.ce-001-004||Wed||September 30, 2020||5:30-9:30pm||Fingerlakes Mall Community Room||9/23/20|
|CE20FA||HGS.ce-001-005||Thur||October 8, 2020||5:30-9:30pm||OCC – Mawhinney Hall, M192||10/5/20|
|CE20FA||HGS.ce-001-006||Tues||October 13, 2020||5:00-9:00pm||OCC – North Site, Liverpool||10/11/20|
|CE20FA||HGS.ce-001-007||Sat||October 24, 2020||9:30am-1:30pm||OCC – Mawhinney Hall, M345||10/21/20|
|CE20FA||HGS.ce-001-008||Wed||October 28, 2020||5:30-9:30pm||Fingerlakes Mall Community Room||10/21/20|
|CE20FA||HGS.ce-001-009||Thur||November 5, 2020||5:30-9:30pm||OCC – Mawhinney Hall, M192||11/2/20|
|CE20FA||HGS.ce-001-010||Tues||November 10, 2020||5:00-9:00pm||OCC – North Site, Liverpool||11/8/20|
|CE20FA||HGS.ce-001-011||Sat||November 21, 2020||9:30am-1:30pm||OCC – Mawhinney Hall, M345||11/18/20|
|CE20FA||HGS.ce-001-012||Wed||November 25, 2020||5:30-9:30pm||Fingerlakes Mall Community Room||11/18/20|
|CE20FA||HGS.ce-001-013||Sat||December 5, 2020||9:30am-1:30pm||OCC – Mawhinney Hall, M345||12/2/20|
|CE20FA||HGS.ce-001-014||Tues||December 8, 2020||5:00-9:00pm||OCC – North Site, Liverpool||12/6/20|
|CE20FA||HGS.ce-001-015||Thurs||December 10, 2020||5:30-9:30pm||OCC – Mawhinney Hall, M192||12/7/20|
|CE20FA||HGS.ce-001-016||Wed||December 30, 2020||5:30-9:30pm||Fingerlakes Mall Community Room||12/23/20|
This is an eight hour course required by New York State as the first step in obtaining a security guard registration card. The course gives a general overview of the duties and responsibilities of a security guard, including legal powers and limitations, how to handle emergency situations, access control, and ethics and conduct. The cost to enroll is $75. All students must attend all eight hours of training, and pass an exam to complete the course successfully.
|Term||Section Name||Days||Date||Time||Location||Registration Deadline|
|CE20WI||POL.ce-016-001||Wed & Thurs||February 5 & 6, 2020||5:30-9:30pm||OCC - Mulroy Hall R226||2/4/2020|