Civilians or sworn police officers may attend this Phase I training.
- be citizens or residents of the United States of America;
- not have been convicted of a felony;
- possess either a high school diploma or a General Education Diploma (GED).
There are no minimum or maximum age requirements for cadets. However, it should be noted that pursuant to §58 of the Civil Service Law, a candidate seeking permanent appointment to a police officer title must be twenty years of age as of the date of appointment, and not more than thirty-five years of age as of the date when the applicant takes the written examination. Time spent on military duty or on terminal leave, not exceeding a total of six years, shall be subtracted from the age of any applicant who has passed his or her thirty-fifth birthday.