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In partnership with the Little Falls Police Department, Herkimer College offers the phase I Pre-Employment Police Basic Training. This first phase of pre-employment training is open to civilians and sworn police officers. It is an alternative to the conventional manner of conducting the Basic Course for Police Officers. The program will prepare students to begin preparation for a career as a police officer prior to being hired by a law enforcement agency. As a further benefit, the program provides law enforcement agencies and municipalities with a diverse pool of trained police officer candidates.

The Little Falls Police Department has administered the part-time Basic Course for Police Officers, and other law enforcement specialty topics, since 1997. LFPD also sponsored the Cazenovia Pre-Employment Program since 2004. They have trained hundreds of law enforcement officers from police and sheriff departments throughout New York State. 

Little Falls Police Chief Michael Masi serves as director of the program at Herkimer College. A police officer for the City of Little Falls since 1992, Masi has advanced through the ranks becoming Chief of Police in 2008. He has been involved in the police academy as an instructor since its inception in 1997 and took over as director in 2000.  He has also instructed in numerous other academies around New York State and has been a member of the New York State Law Enforcement Training Directors Association since 2006.

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Although the program does not guarantee admissions into a police department, every standard required by a full-time basic police academy applies including academics, attendance, and physical fitness. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive a transcript and a certificate indicating completion of Phase 1 of Pre-Employment Police Basic Training. This certificate gives students two years to secure employment in a police department and complete the Phase II portion of the training before being awarded a full Basic School Certificate from the Department of Criminal Justice Services. The Phase II training is presented only to sworn police officers and contains the remainder of police training units which civilian students are prohibited by state law from attending (Counterterrorism, Firearms Training, Supervised Field Training, and Impact Device Training).

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