Training Requirements for the NYS University Police at Albany
The University Police Department is deeply committed to continuous, relevant training. This assures all staff are prepared to serve the community with the highest level of professionalism.
New York State requires that all sworn police officers receive a minimum
of 21 hours of in-service training each year in order for police agencies to maintain their accreditation. UPD has adopted training standards which far exceed State requirements. All officers receive no less than 36 hours of in-service instruction annually, with an average
of 70 hours of training per officer. In addition to completing all required courses, additional training is offered in force de-escalation, mental health crisis intervention, traumatic first aid, active shooter response, cultural competency, crime prevention, and
many other areas. Use the table below to learn more about the training our department members receive.
Training designed to prepare the agency and members to effectively plan, respond to, and recover from active shooter and/or hostile events using classroom training, tabletop exercises, and dynamic force-on-force scenarios.
Training for awareness, recognition, and response to incidents involving the possible presence of homemade explosive devices in order to effectively prevent, interdict, and respond to imminent threats caused by the devices and actors.
Consists of over 700 hours of classroom and dynamic reality based training scenarios which includes Ethics and Professionalism, Professional Communications, Bias Related Incidents, NYS Penal Law, Use of Force, Incident De-escalation, Defensive Tactics, etc.
Training designed to prepare officers to properly respond to reports of sexual assaults, to include discussion of trauma informed interviewing along with proper victim and witness interview techniques.
Training on how to use one’s words to prevent, de-escalate, or end confrontations. The topics include being a calming presence, verbal redirection, engaging others through empathy, and how to avoid common interaction pitfalls.
Advanced course to further knowledge by reviewing crisis intervention protocols, appropriate crisis response techniques, deeper information on how trauma affects the brain, recognizing different types of crisis and tailoring responses appropriately.
This course will give officers the ability to research, prepare, and communicate knowledge in the field of law enforcement. Topics include setting instructional objectives, factors that influence learning, communications skills, and methods for evaluating effectiveness.
Program designed to use social, tactical, and decision making skills as a unified approach. Designed to strengthen officers ability to be agile, adaptable, and creative in situations where safety, trust, and communication are essential.
Training course provides law enforcement with the information on the neurobiology of trauma and investigative strategies to respond properly to sexual assault crimes in a victim centered, trauma informed manner.
Training course designed to improve observational techniques by using a 4-step ongoing screening process that includes protective awareness, identifying preoperational behaviors, evaluating, and taking action.
Training course designed for the professional development of patrol offcers to become first line supervisors. Topics include effective deployment of resources, communications skills, mentoring, and accountability.