Security Training in New York with Degree Program Summaries

Dec 20, 2018

Research security training programs in New York, which currently has 97 schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the degree and certificate programs and get some quick facts for two schools to decide which program is right for you.

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New York Programs for Security Training

Students interested in law enforcement, criminal justice, technology and emergency management have certificate and degree options in the state of New York that can prepare them for careers. The two schools profiled below provide diverse options to those interested in security. Learn about the levels of awards, curricula and internships for these schools located in northern and central New York. The table also offers additional school details for comparison.

  • SUNY College of Technology at Canton, in northern New York, offers Bachelor of Technology degrees in criminal investigation and law enforcement as well as a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management.
  • Onondaga Community College is a school located near Syracuse and offers a certificate in law enforcement and an associate degree in fire protection technology.

Comparison of Schools

Students interested in pursuing security training in New York will want to look at factors beyond the programs' requirements and curricula. The following table outlines important details about the schools, including tuition, enrollment and graduation rate.

SUNY College of Technology at Canton Onondaga Community College
School Type 4-year, primarily associate's, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 3,180 10,659
Campus Setting Remote town Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $8,130 (in-state)
$12,320 (out-of-state)
$5,154 (in-state)
$9,724 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 96% 82%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 79% N/A-open admissions
Full-time Student Retention Rate (2017)* 77% 53%
Graduation Rate (completed program within 150% of 'normal' time)* 36% (students who started Fall 2011) 22% (students who started Fall 2014)

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

SUNY College of Technology at Canton

SUNY College of Technology at Canton is located at the far northern end of the state on the banks of the Grasse River close to the Adirondack Mountains and St. Lawrence River. A part of New York state's public university system, it serves approximately 3,000 students with nearly 30 programs leading to bachelor's degrees, more than 20 leading to associate degrees and several programs leading to 1-year certificates. Its security-related programs include Bachelor of Technology degrees in criminal investigation and law enforcement and a Bachelor of Science degree in emergency management.

Bachelor of Technology Degree in Criminal Investigation

This degree focuses on helping students develop the knowledge and skills required in criminal investigations. Students learn to preserve crime scenes and collect, process and analyze evidence. They may choose to complete a 600-hour internship with a major law enforcement agency or collaborate with a mentor to complete a senior thesis. Classes cover forensic photography, latent prints and impressions, interviews and interrogation, investigation ethics and investigations into narcotics, crime scenes, deaths and clandestine graves, traffic accidents and arson.

Bachelor of Technology Degree in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership

The Bachelor of Technology in Criminal Justice integrates courses in criminal justice, law and management with the aim of preparing students for entry-level to mid-level supervisory positions at security firms and law enforcement agencies. It is designed to serve incoming students who want to become ranking police officers, students who are continuing their education after completing a 2-year program and current law enforcement professionals. Classes include criminal law and procedure, police services, patrol management, civil liability issues, leadership and professional ethics.

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management

This program teaches the theory and practice of mitigating, preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters, catastrophes and emergencies. In addition to receiving classroom instruction, students take part in accident simulations and may complete a research project or intern with emergency management agencies. Classes include fundamentals of EADM, risk and hazard impact studies, incident command and system coordination, professional ethics and general education topics, such as psychology, sociology, algebra, statistics and information technology.

Onondaga Community College

Onondaga Community College is located four miles outside Syracuse on Onondaga Hill. Since matriculating its first class of 500 students in 1961, it has grown to serve around 11,000 with associate degree programs 38 subjects and certificates in seven. Its security-related programs include a certificate in law enforcement and associate degrees in fire protection technology and emergency management.

Associate in Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology

The fire protection technology degree program prepares students to function within a fire protection team and face the challenges of the fire protection profession. Classes cover fire awareness, fire prevention, fire fighting tactics and operations, firehouse administration, hazardous materials and hydraulics. There is also a 'bunk in' housing option that allows students to stay at a volunteer fire station in exchange for their support and light maintenance services.

Certificate in Law Enforcement

The law enforcement certificate program covers policing theory and tactics and practices used in policing. Classes touch on basic law, arrest procedures, investigation procedures, community relations and public safety. Students who earn the certificate will also receive certification from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice for two years.

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