Patrol Officers:
The Requirements

To become a University Police Officer a person must:

Be at least 18 years old to take the test;

Be at least 20 years old at time of appointment;

Not have passed their 35th birthday on the date of the test;

Be a United States Citizen when appointed;

Be a New York State resident while employeed;

Meet the College Credit Requirement (see below);

Possess a valid NYS driver's license when appointed;

Pass a written Civil Service exam and be on the list for canvassing;

Pass a medical examination;

Have binocular acuity of 20/30 corrected and no less than 20/100 uncorrected;

Pass a physical agility test;

Pass a psychological examination;

Pass an extensive background investigation;

Complete a Basic School for Police Officers.

College Credit Requirement

On or before the test date you must have successfully completed 60 semester credit hours of college-level study.

If you expect to meet the educational requirements by the last day of June immediately following the test you can be admitted to the written test but you cannot be considered for appointment until you submit proof of successful completion of the educational requirements to the appointing State University of New York campus.

College Credit Substitution


1. Two years of active military service with an honorable discharge may be substituted for 30 of the 60 college semester credit hours; indicate dates and branch of service in the experience portion of the application,or;

2. Successful completion of a New York State Municipal Police Training Council approved Pre-Employment Training Program and eligibility to complete the second phase of such training program that has not lapsed may be substituted for 30 of the 60 college semester credit hours. Please indicate the school attended and the date of completion in the license/certification portion of the application.