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Law Enforcement Training Institute

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Successful First Class

Spring 2017 was the first semester students completed the Law Enforcement Training Institute. There were twenty students enrolled - nine women and eleven men - from twenty different counties. Through the combination of an academic component and hands-on training, students who complete the institute will receive a college stamped transcript of “Pre-Employment Basic Police Training.”

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Total Requirements

Students will complete 85% of the total requirements for attending a NYS Police Academy, prior to completing their undergraduate degree!

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Upper Division Credits

Students will receive 12 upper division credits towards the 45 required for the bachelor’s degree.

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Law Enforcement Skills

"Through hands-on learning and the academic component, we will have created graduates with the three key skills law enforcement is looking for: 1) Leadership ability; 2) Ability to work with diverse groups of people; and 3) Command presence."  ~ Dr. David Bugg, LETI Academic Sponsor and Associate Professor

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What You Will Learn

Learn about arrest techniques, defense tactics, standardized field sobriety testing and much more!

Successful First Class

Spring 2017 was the first semester students completed the Law Enforcement Training Institute. There were twenty students enrolled - nine women and eleven men - from twenty different counties. Through the combination of an academic component and hands-on training, students who complete the institute will receive a college stamped transcript of “Pre-Employment Basic Police Training.”

The SUNY Potsdam Law Enforcement Training Institute is a landmark applied learning initiative, designed to provide students with the opportunity to complete a rigorous pre-employment, state-approved police training course as part of their undergraduate curriculum.

Students in an accredited New York State police basic course (colloquially a "police academy", though New York does not officially use this term) are trained in defensive tactics, emergency medical services, emergency vehicle operation, applying field sobriety tests to intoxicated individuals in a controlled setting, processing crime scenes, learning military drill and ceremony, and a plethora of other law enforcement training topics.

The New York State pre-employment basic police training curriculum is one of the very best in the country and is above the standard of most other curricula. SUNY Potsdam's Criminal Justice faculty have augmented this excellent curriculum to create an exceptional learning experience.

Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2018 Law Enforcement Training Institute!

Read the ABC’s of the program, and be sure to contact our Director or the Center for Applied Learning for additional information:

About

  • One of only 11 schools in New York authorized to teach pre-employment police basic training, and the only SUNY liberal arts college offering this program.
  • Full semester of dedicated, Department of Justice approved curriculum (485 total contact hours)
  • Offered in both fall and spring semesters
  • Up to 30 seats available for each cohort

Benefits

  • Students will complete 85% of the total requirements for attending a NYS Police Academy, prior to completing their undergraduate degree!
  • Those who complete the academy will receive a college stamped transcript of “Pre-Employment Basic Police Training.”
  • Students will receive 12 upper division credits towards the 45 required for the bachelor’s degree.

Core Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must have:

  • A minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA in their undergraduate study
  • Junior or Senior status or higher (may apply and enroll in the academy in any of these four semesters)
  • Valid driver’s license

FAQ from New York Division of Criminal Justice services about pre-employment police basice training

Contact Information:
Sonny Duquette, Director
Law Enforcement Training Institute
(315) 261-8223
PA@potsdam.edu

An initiative of:
The Center for Applied Learning
(315) 267-2507
cal@potsdam.edu