Post-Written Examination Screening Process

Appointment to Academy

Academy shieldTo be appointed to the NYS Court Officers Academy, candidates must be at least 20.5 years old and possess a valid NYS Driver’s license.

Recruits will receive a minimum of 4 months of law enforcement training, followed by further training at the assigned work site. Recruits will participate in daily physical fitness routines and are regularly assessed and tested. Upon graduation, recruits are certified as peace officers of the State of New York.

Court Officers are required to return to the Academy for additional in-service training including firearms training which is conducted at NYS Court System firing ranges located throughout the state.

Training includes but is not limited to:

  • Criminal and Civil Procedure Law
  • Basic firearms
  • Physical training and defensive tactics
  • Arrest procedures
  • Use of deadly force
  • Prisoner escort
  • Baton and pepper spray use
  • Communication skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Gang/terrorist intelligence
  • Emergency evacuation procedures
  • Fire safety
  • Field training
  • CPR and basic first aid
  • Magnetometer/x-ray procedures
  • Other specialized training


Phase 1: Physical Ability Test > Vision Test > Fingerprints

Phase 2: Written Psychological Tests > Background Investigation

Phase 3: Psychological Interview > Evaluation Board

Phase 4: Pre-Appointment Medical Exam > Appointment to Academy


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