Career as a University Police Officer
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. Officers are part of the educational process. They speak on topics such as sexual assault, drugs, 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.
University Police Officers receive their official powers through the Education Law and the Criminal Procedure Law. These authorize a University Police Officer to make warrantless arrests based on probable cause, to use appropriate force in making an arrest, to issue uniform appearance tickets and traffic summonses, and to execute warrants of arrests.
University Police Officers are assigned to fixed or rotating shifts involving patrol assignments or dispatch/desk posts. Officers also can take advantage of statewide promotional opportunities.
Whatever the assignment, wherever the opportunity, University Police Officers perform their duties consistent with the educational mission of the campuses they service.
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 21 years of age
- be a United States Citizen
- be a New York State Resident
- have completed 60 college credit hours
- possess a valid New York State drivers license
- pass a written Civil Service examination and be on their list for canvassing
- pass a medical examination
- have binocular acuity of 20/30 corrected or no less than 20/100 uncorrected
- pass a physical agility test (includes testing for cardiovascular and muscular endurance, strength and flexibility)
- pass a psychological examination
- pass an extensive background investigation
- complete a Basic School for Police Officers
- complete a probationary period of employment
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
- Investigation Procedures
- Report Writing
- Vehicle & Traffic Law
- Accident Investigation
- Emergency Medical Services
- Emergency Vehicle Operations
- Firearms Training
- Community Relations
- Crime Prevention
- Physical Fitness / Wellness
- Defensive Tactics
- Supervised Field Training
- Police Functions
Further information regarding careers in University Police can be obtained by contacting your nearest SUNY Department of University Police station or the Office of University Police, System Administration, SUNY Plaza, Albany, New York 12246, 518-443-5116.
Dates and applications for entrance examinations can be obtained from the above or from your nearest New York State Employment Office. Information is also available at www.cs.state.ny.us.
Particular questions regarding your qualifications for the examination can also be directed to the New York State Department of Civil Service, Building 1, State Campus, Albany, New York 12239, 518-457-6216.