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Rural Police Training Academy


Applications are now being emailed for Class #34 beginning in April 2022. If interested, please email Director Brooks at and ask to have an application sent to you for 2022. Your email should include your name, phone number and email address.

Email to reserve your seat.  All attendees, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask.


General Information

  • Established in 1985 as a training source for local rural Police Departments in the GLOW region, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties at the suggestion of area Police Chiefs and Sheriffs. We are pleased to accept Recruits from the entire area of Western New York.
  • Housed at Genesee Community College since its inception, the RPTA has offered 29 Basic Courses for Police and graduated over 700 Police Recruits.
  • Since 1987, the RPTA's Director has been Douglas C. Brooks.
  • The RPTA offers a yearly Basic Course for Police and Pre-Employments which lasts from early April to the following early March, with classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6:30pm-10:30pm) and Saturdays from 8am-5pm as well as a number of Wednesdays throughout the year.
  • In addition, the RPTA offers various Police In-Service Courses throughout the year, many of which are in cooperation with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Two Ways to Enroll: Sworn or Pre-Employment

Sworn Officer

  • Hired prior to enrollment in the RPTA, registered as a Police Officer with DCJS in Albany
  • Suggested ages 21-35, but check with your County Civil Service Office for details
  • Full or Part Time Officers accepted, some Departments accept Part Time Officers who are over 35 years of age
  • Many Officers start as Part Time in a smaller Department and then work into Full Time status either there or with another larger Department.

Pre-Employment Option

  • Must be at least 19 to enroll, no maximum age limit
  • No Felony Convictions
  • If you are looking to work in Law Enforcement, no Criminal Convictions
  • Background Investigation required
  • Physically able to participate in all Fitness and Defensive Tactics Training

College Credit Option

Recruits may choose to participate in the RPTA College Credit Option. Sworn recruits may receive up to 22 college credits primarily in Criminal Justice topics. Pre-Employment recruits may receive up to 16 college credits. No additional fees are required. Enrollment must be completed with the academy application.

Recruits selecting the College Credit Option may, if applicable, apply for TAP, PELL, or Student Loans. Please NOTE: Full tuition payment must be made prior to the start of the academy. Deferments for anticipated State, Federal or loan funds are not permitted. Financial Aid questions? Please call the Financial Aid office at 585-343-0055 ext 6480.

Veterans Benefits

The RPTA Basic Course for Police is a registered program providing veterans or entitled dependents, an opportunity to receive educational benefits. Application for benefits must be made to the College's Financial Aid Office when applying to the academy. Please NOTE: Tuition deferments for anticipated Veterans Benefits are not permitted.


Tuition for the 2021-2022 academy is $4,450. A $450, non-refundable fee must accompany your academy application. The balance, $4,000 is payable in full by April 1, 2021. *Subject to change for 2022-2023.

All recruits are responsible for uniforms and certain leather items at an approximate cost of $1,500.

Sworn recruits in addition are responsible for leather items, firearm and ammunition at an approximate cost of $2,500.

Common Questions / FAQs

  1. I'm interested in the RPTA and the Academy, what do I do first?
    You first have to determine if you are coming as a Sworn Officer or Pre-Employment. It's best to be Sworn, but there are many opportunities with the Pre Program.
  2. How long does the Pre-Employment Certification last?
    You have up to two years from graduation to secure a job as a Sworn Officer.
  3. How is the Pre-Employment and Sworn different?
    Both Sworn and Pre Recruits attend classes together, dress the same and participate in all aspects of the academy as a group EXCEPT, the Pre's do NOT take part in Firearms Training, Behavioral Observation & Suspicious Activity Recognition (BOSAR), Hard Baton and Field Training.
  4. How do I get the rest of the training once I am hired from Pre to Sworn?
    As a Pre Graduate, once you are hired in the two year period, you then return to the nearest Academy and take the four remaining Courses listed in Question #3.
  5. Are there Physical Fitness standards I have to meet?
    Yes, physical agility testing will be scheduled a few weeks prior to the start of the Academy. The standards you need to meet for entry in the Basic Course and exit is provided in the application packet. You need to enter the course at the 40th percentile and exit (graduate) at the 50th percentile. It is imperative that you are prepared for the Pre-Test and we suggest that you practice, exercise and train months in advance of the actual test so that you are successful. At the completion of the course, you must meet the 50th percentile standards to successfully graduate from the Academy.
  6. What do I need as far as Uniforms/Equipment?
    You will be given a Supply List once you are accepted so that you can purchase the proper uniform and equipment. All recruits wear Gray Fatigues and the Academy operates in a para-military style.
  7. Are all classes held at GCC?
    Most all classroom activities are held at the Main Campus at GCC Batavia, and others at various locations such as Letchworth Central School, Arcade GCC Campus, Firearms Range in Leicester, NY and other locations in Geneseo and Avon as needed.
  8. What if I have other questions?
    If you have any questions regarding the Rural Police Training Academy please contact Academy Director, Douglas Brooks at For application questions please contact The BEST Center directly at 585-345-6868.

Application & Forms

Please email Director Brooks at if you are interested in receiving an application packet.

Please mail or return all forms to:
Genesee Community College
ATTN: Tina Marsceill, BEST Center
One College Road
Batavia, NY 14020