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New York State University Police Officers are responsible for the detection and prevention of crime and enforcement of state and local laws. They are also responsible for the enforcement of rules and regulations in a diverse educational environment throughout twenty-eight SUNY campuses. University Police Officers adhere to high standards of personal and professional ethics.
University Police Officers are part of the educational process. They speak on topics such as sexual assault, drug awareness, crime prevention, and traffic safety. They develop and maintain positive relationships with students and employees to ensure the safety and cooperation of the campus community.
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 the State University Police departments 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.
To become a University Police Officer, a person must:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Be a United States citizen
- Be a New York State resident
- Completed 60 hours of college credits
- Possess a valid New York State drivers license
- Pass a written Civil Service exam and be reachable on their list for canvassing
- Pass a medical examination
- Have a binocular acuity of 20/30 corrected or no less than 20/100 uncorrected
- Pass a physical agility test (includes but not limited to: sit-ups, push-ups, 1.5-mile run)
- Pass a psychological evaluation
- Pass an extensive background investigation
- Complete a Basic School for Police Officers
- Complete a probationary period
Note: For the college credit requirement, you must have successfully completed 60 semester credit hours of college-level study on or before the test date.
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.
You may also substitute the college credit requirement with either of the following:
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.
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
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
- Report Writing
- Investigation Procedures
- 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
Dates and applications for entrance examinations can be obtained from your nearest New York State Employment Office and the New York State Department of Civil Service.
Join Our Team
The University at Albany Human Resources maintains a list of vacancies as they become available. The University Police Department has sworn and non-sworn positions in the following New York State Civil Service job titles.
As with all state agencies, we must fill open positions according to the laws, rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Civil Service. For more information on open vacancies and examinations, please visit the Department of Civil Service.