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In order to qualify for the civil service exam to become a University Police Officer, all candidates must possess a minimum of 60 college credits; this educational requirement is a higher standard than many municipal or county law enforcement agencies. Many officers in University Police possess Bachelor's and/or Master’s degrees. Following the written test, candidates who scored high enough to be reachable must pass a standardized physical test that involves pushups, sit-ups, and a 1.5 mile run. Following the physical agility testing, candidates advancing must clear psychological and medical screening. In addition, substantial background testing/checking takes place, including fingerprinting.

The Job

A University Police officer is responsible for the detection and prevention of crime, and the enforcement of state and local laws, rule 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.


Civil Service will issue the formal announcement for our next University Police Officer exam on November 15, 2019. The registration deadline for the exam is expected to be December 18, 2019 and the exam is tentatively scheduled for February 1, 2020

The Requirements

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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
  • Investigation Procedures
  • Report Writing
  • Vehicle and 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


Further information regarding careers in University Police can be obtained by contacting your nearest Department of University Police.

Dates and applications for entrance examinations can be obtained from your nearest NYS Employment Office or online at


New York State University Police