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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 twenty-eight 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 arrest and bench warrants.

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.


Officers receive training that includes penal law, criminal procedure law, first aid, CPR, role of campus law enforcement, defensive tactics, firearms training, crisis intervention, multi-cultural diversity and university issues.


State University of New York University Police Officers must meet the highest standards in New York State for law enforcement officers.

To become a SUNY 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 20/30 corrected or uncorrected and no less than 20/100 uncorrected
  • pass a physical agility test
  • pass a psychological examination
  • pass an extensive background investigation
  • complete the Basic School for Police Officers
  • pass and 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 a regional police academy.


As an employee of New York State, a SUNY 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 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 Americans) persons are encouraged to apply for entrance examinations.

Further information regarding careers with the University Police can be obtained by contacting your nearest SUNY University Police Department or the Office of University Police, Central Administration, SUNY Plaza, Albany, NY 12246

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, NY 12239.

Excerpted from the pamphlet "Pursue a Career as a State University of New York University Police Officer"