HERKIMER – Those aspiring to become police officers now have a new local option to receive their training.
Herkimer College and the Little Falls Police Department on Friday announced the college’s new Pre-Employment Police Basic Training certificate program, which will be administered by the Little Falls Police Department and directed by Little Falls Police Chief Michael Masi.
The training certificate is Phase I of a two-phase process to receive training that is the equivalent to the Basic Course for Police Officers in New York State.
The first class of students in the new program will begin in fall 2018, and it is open to both civilians and sworn police officers. Course work for Phase I includes the laws and procedures required of a police officer, ethics, basic criminal investigations and physical fitness, among other things.
Once Phase I is complete and graduates are awarded their transcript and certificate, they will have two years to secure a job in a police department and complete Phase II of the training before they’re awarded the Basic School Certificate from the Department of Criminal Justice Services.
“The better that we can get people trained and reduce costs, we can see a civil service list of 80 people and out of those 80 people, 40 have already put themselves through this training,” said Little Falls Police Chief Michael Masi.
To be eligible to take the course, students must be U.S. citizens, never been convicted of a felony, and they must have a high school diploma or GED.
Completing the program doesn’t guarantee graduates will be hired by a police department, but every standard required by a full-time basic police academy is covered in the course work, according to Herkimer College.