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The officer and the job

The job

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 28 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.


The training at a regional Police Academy is physically and mentally intensive. Officers receive training that includes penal law, criminal procedure law, first aid, CPR, defensive tactics, crisis intervention and multi-cultural diversity.

Officers also receive the same firearms training that all police officers in New York State receive and must satisfactorily complete this portion of the training. In addition, all officers must qualify twice a year.


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 New York State resident
  • have completed 60 college credit hours
  • possess a valid New York State drivers license
  • pass a written Civil Service examination
  • pass a medical examination
  • have binocular acuity of 20/20 corrected or uncorrected, and 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
  • pass 6 months of basic training at a regional Police Academy.
  • complete a probationary period of employment.

The first step is the Civil Service examination. Following notification of a successful score, candidates must then pass the oral interview and all medical/psychological testing. Upon successful completion of the selection process, all recruits begin training at the regional Police Academy.


As an employee of New York State, a State University Police officer is eligible for many benefits. These benefits include:

  • 13 paid holidays per year
  • annual paid uniform cleaning allowance.
  • All safety related equipment will be supplied by SUNY
    New York State retirement system
  • choice among several medical and dental programs
  • optional long-and short-term disability coverage
  • employer-paid life insurance with employee-paid option to increase level of coverage
  • voluntary enrollment in local credit union
  • special event overtime opportunities
  • shift differential pay.

The State University of New York is an equal opportunity Affirmative Action employer. Women and under-represented (African, Asian, Hispanic and Native-American) persons are encouraged to apply for entrance examinations.

Further information regarding careers in SUNY 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. Particular questions regarding your qualifications for the examination can also be directed
to the New York State Department of Civil Service, Staffing Services, Building 1, State Campus, Albany, New York 12239 (518.457.5218).

NYS University Police
Pathfinder Hall
SUNY Oswego
Oswego, NY 13126
Police: 315.312.5555
Fax: 315.312.2155