EMS Training

Academy Life


The Academy services approximately 14,000 persons a year. While many of these are troopers, including recruits learning the basics and veteran sworn members receiving specialized in-service training, several thousand others come from other segments of the criminal justice community.


Recruits wear conservative business attire for several weeks until fatigue uniforms are issued. Recruits must report in rubber-soled black oxford shoes, which can be shined to a high gloss. Patent leather is unacceptable.

Academy shorts and T-Shirts are purchased upon arrival. Recruits must bring plain white athletic socks and cold weather running gear.


New York State Troopers must have a clean and professional appearance. The following guidelines must be adhered to while employed by the Division of State Police.

  • Hair must be neatly groomed so it does not fall over your eyebrows, your ears, or touch your shirt collar, except for the closely‑cut hair at the back of your neck. The bulk or length of hair must not interfere with the wearing of any uniform headgear, including emergency equipment. The wearing of hair ornaments, ribbons, or earrings is not permitted.


  • Any sideburns must be kept neatly trimmed.  Mutton‑chop or flared sideburns are not permitted. The base of your sideburns must be clean‑shaven on a horizontal line.  The base may not extend below the lowest part of your exterior ear opening.


  • Your face must be clean‑shaven as to not interfere with the wearing of any emergency equipment. 


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Recruits must successfully complete 1,095 hours of training at the New York State Police Academy.


Police Orientation

Orientation and Administration Rules and Regulations Introduction to Law Enforcement and Government

Police Skills

Physical Training/Defensive Tactics First Responder Emergency Vehicle Operators Course Firearms

Police Science

Penal Law Criminal Procedure Law Criminal Investigations Selected Laws Vehicle and Traffic Law Domestic Violence Constitutional Law Use of Deadly Physical Force

Police Operations

Station Operations Patrol and Emergency Operations Arrest Physical Evidence DWI Enforcement Speed Enforcement Accident Investigation Public and Human Relations

Police/Public Interaction

Professional Interaction Cultural Diversity Sexual Harassment Mental Health/Crisis Intervention Skills