The purpose of the New City Police Academy is to train and produce a basically trained Police Officer prepared to serve in the New York City Police Department. The New York City Police Academy is approximately 9 months.
Physical Training and Tactics
The Physical Training and Tactics Department continually seeks to improve the effectiveness of its training. The unit continues to refine its approach to training recruit officers on an ongoing basis. As an example, when they first entered the Police Academy, about two-thirds are unable to complete the newly instituted physical fitness examination. However, as a result of the Physical Training and Tactics Department’s efforts, over 99 percent of every recruit class since January 2004 has successfully met the new graduation requirement.
The mission of the Integrity & Discipline Unit is to ensure that Recruit Police Officers assigned to the Police Academy’s Recruit Training Section are aware of, and are adhering to, Department regulations throughout the training period.
Additionally, the Unit is responsible for identifying, placing, and monitoring Recruit Officers on Disciplinary Probation and Special Tracking: two designations that identify Recruit Officers with poor disciplinary records. The Unit also conducts initial investigations of minor misconduct and other incidents on behalf of the Commanding Officer, Recruit Training Section.
Firearms and Tactics
The firearms training include familiarity and proficiency with a firearm. Recruits are required to qualify with the firearm that they
The Firearms and Tactics section currently has 135 certified New York State General Topics and Firearms Instructors on staff. There are 6 New York State certified Master Instructors on staff, who are responsible for conducting and teaching the Firearms Instructor Schools, in addition to their regular duties. Also on staff are 12 New York State certified Instructor Evaluators and 4 New York State Defensive Tactics Instructors. The unit also has numerous instructors certified to conduct training in the use of M/X-26 Tasers, Pepper Spray, Expandable Batons and Simunitions.
Officers attend driver training courses for “Department-Qualification” in various types of vehicles, i.e. Police Vans, Patrol Wagons, Bicycles, Scooters, Buses, Tow Trucks, etc. Courses include “Hands-On” vehicle instruction in addition to classroom lectures and discussion on “Defensive Driving Techniques & Skills”.
The EVOC portion of the Driver Training Program is a series of individual stations connected in a continuous oval pattern on the driving field. Each station is designed to replicate the required driver actions and vehicle movements needed for safe operation and collision avoidance.
Offsite (street/highway) exercises include actual street and highway driving skills where driving instructors assess students basic driving skills (turns, entering intersections, parking, space cushion, etc., and proactive defensive driving skills.
The training programs available through the Driver Education and Training Unit include:
- Recruit RMP Training Course
- 12 Passenger Van Training Course
- Four Wheel Drive (4X4) Vehicle Training Course
- All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Training Course
- Bus Training Course
- 2 & 3 Wheel Scooter Training Course
- Scooter License Training Course
- Scooter Refresher Training Course
- Patrol Wagon / Barrier Truck Training Course
- Accident Reduction Incentive Program Course
- Fuel Truck Training Course
- Accident Retraining Course
- Reinstatements Training Course
- Radio Emergency Patrol (REP) for Emergency Services Unit Personnel
- Command Post Vehicle (THV) Training Course
- Tractor Trailer Training Course
- Bicycle Training Course
- Tow Truck Training Course
- Box Truck Training Course
- Civilian Vehicle and Bicycle Training Course
- Two Day Accident Retraining Course
New York City Police Department Training Bureau
235 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 477-7633
Fax: (212) 477-9270
Police Academy Switchboard: 212-477-9700, 9701