Frequently Asked Questions
The Peace Officer Training Academy provides specialized training for Law Enforcement Officers who require peace officer certification in their unique positions, including such examples as Police Constables, Corrections Officers, Animal Control Officers, Bailiffs, Court Officers, and Reserve Officers. Such officers are required to meet minimum training standards set forth by the New York Municipal Police Training Council.
"Don't practice until you get it right - practice until you can't get it wrong." Author Unknown
The Peace Officer Training Academy will be conducting several "Basic Course for Peace Officer" and "Basic Course for Peace Officer with Firearms" programs. These are open to all New York State residents. Training sessions will begin in February 2017, and registration is open now. The basic course is required for all Peace Officers, and highly recommended for Civilians, Security Officers, Military Personnel, and College Graduates that are seeking a career in Law Enforcement. The training is both physically and mentally challenging.
The Town of Schroeppel will be sponsoring and registering each participant with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Upon successful completion of the program, each graduate will receive a Law Enforcement Certificate from the Division of Criminal Justice Services, Municipal Police Training Council and Peace Officer certification. Each officer will then have up to two (2) years from the date of graduation to secure a job as a Peace Officer, and will be given a list of municipalities and agencies in New York State to which applications may be submitted.
Please note: The Peace Officer Training Academy is not a job placement agency, and neither the Academy nor the Town of Schroeppel guarantee hiring after academy completion.
The next basic course will begin February 14, 2017, and is scheduled to be completed April 4, 2017. Orientation and Classroom instruction will be conducted at the Academy offices, located at 2180 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14206 (near Hinman Street). Open registrations are Saturday, January 21, 2017, and Saturday, January 28, 2017, from noon to 4:00 pm. Students must be registered and a down payment of $495.00 received no later than January 31, 2017. Orientation is Tuesday, February 14, 2017, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Applicants must bring valid government-issued photo ID.
The optional firearms portion of the basic course is scheduled to begin April 15, 2017. Firearms instruction will be conducted at the Academy range, 7799 Boston-Colden Road, Boston, NY 14025 (located southeast of Buffalo NY). The registration and tuition for the firearms will be discussed at orientation.
About the Course: Classes will be conducted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 18:00 to 22:00 hours, and on Saturdays from 08:45 to 17:30 hours. Occasionally, class may be conducted on different days and/or times to accommodate instructors and students scheduling. Tuition is $990.00 for the 99-hour basic course and $1460.00 for the 146-hour course with firearms training, with a 50% deposit required at registration and full payment due no later than orientation. For the full program announcement, click here.