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A candidate must be at least 20 years old at the beginning of the Academy program. Civil Service law may prevent some candidates over the age of 35 from becoming full-time police officers.

All candidates must meet New York state statutes as required by the Municipal Training Council as they pertain to state certification of police officers. These standards are outlined in the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy Rules and Procedures Manual.

There are a limited number of seats available for the Academy program. It is in your best interest to return the application questionnaire as soon as possible to the Sheriff’s Academy. A background investigation questionnaire and additional information will be sent to you upon our receipt of the completed application. The application process begins January 2 and ends April 15.

All candidates accepted in the program must enroll and be accepted at JCC. (Accepted Academy students must matriculate at JCC to be eligible for college or veterans related financial aid). All college fees may apply (tuition, FSA fees, etc.) in addition to lab fees to cover ammunition and related supplies, a modest investment in books and uniforms, and a Sheriff’s Department fee for non-academic instruction. You are not required to possess a New York State pistol permit; however, you are required to be in the application process.

Note: If you have never attended JCC on a full-time basis, you must complete all college entrance requirements. You should start this process as soon as possible. Admissions procedures and forms can be obtained through the Sheriff’s Academy, 716.338.1021.

Completion of the Sheriff's Academy program does not guarantee employment.


The following components will need to be completed before selection into the Academy:

1. Prescreen application

2. Background packet and continued application: Once your prescreen application is completed and approved, you will receive a link to a background packet with additional information and requirements. Completing these stages does not guarantee acceptance into the Academy. Additional requirements include:

  • Intensive background investigation (Note: Felony conviction will bar admittance. Misdemeanor conviction may bar admittance.)
  • Medical screening exam
  • Psychological profiling
  • Pre-employment physical agility screening
    • Males 20-29: Sit-ups (38 in one minute); push-ups (29 in no time limit); 1.5 mile (12:38 or less)
    • Males 30-39: Sit-ups (35 in one minute); push-ups (24 in no time limit); 1.5 mile (12:58 or less)
    • Females 20-29: Sit-ups (32 in one minute); push-ups (15 in no time limit); 1.5 mile (14:50 or less)
    • Females 30-39: Sit-ups (25 in one minute); push-ups (11 in no time limit); 1.5 mile (15:43 or less)
  • Oral board interview
  • Civil Service list standings, if applicable (check with the county where you reside. No requirement to be on the competitive Civil Service list to be accepted into the Academy.)

3. After acceptance into the Academy:

  • Appointment by law enforcement agency
    • If residing in Cattaraugus County or Allegany County, you must obtain appointment through an agency. If residing in Chautauqua County, acceptance will include appointment.
  • Apply to Jamestown Community College
    • College credit and grade point averages while in the Academy - Chautauqua County residents: minimum of 42 college credit hours and minimum GPA of 2.5; consult the Civil Service guidelines of the county in which you reside for more information)
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