Public Safety Training Center

How our Public Safety Training Center can help you

Our Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) offers training, in the form of degree programs and individual courses, to law enforcement, fire service, and emergency medical service professionals. Many of the courses are also open to the general public. 

Our PSTC programs have been formally recognized for their innovation by The United States Department of Justice, and we're proud to offer them at OCC. 

PSTC Degree Programs

Fire truck
Fire Protection Technology A.A.S.

OCC’s Fire Protection Technology degree is the only program in New York State to offer national firefighter certification

Fire extinguishers
Fire Protection Certificate

Our Fire Protection Certification is offered through one of most progressive programs in the state. 

Police badge
Law Enforcement Certificate

Our law enforcement program is approved by New York State, and offers  first-rate training.

PSTC Individual Courses

Our Law Enforcement course is taught in two phases. Phase I is taught on-campus, over the course of two semesters, and is a Pre-Employment Basic Course. Students move on to Phase II of their training after they've been hired by a police agency. 

The Phase I Police Academy program is an evening program, meeting three evenings a week from 6:00 -10:00 p.m., and Saturday mornings from 6:00-8:30 a.m.  Our next Police Academy class is scheduled to start with the Fall 2019 semester. Before you register, please make sure you have:

  • A High School Diploma / GED
  • A valid NYS drivers license
  • Proof of US citizenship 
  • Proof of age (All applicants must be at least 19 years old to enroll.)
  • Ability to pass English Placement testing (All applicants must test at ENG-103 level.)
  • Ability to pass a Physical Agility Assessment that includes sit-ups, pushups, and a 1.5mile run in a timed environment
  • Willingness to conduct a phone and/or in-person interview

To Get Started:

Questions? Contact our office at 315-498-6042.

The Public Safety Training Center offers:

  • Courses for fire departments on a contract basis
  • Individual courses for advanced and continuing education
Questions on scheduling or ready to enroll? Stop by Mawhinney Hall, room M350 to obtain information packet, or call 315-498-6042.

Public Safety Critical Incident Management (PSCIM) Course Offerings

Course Number       Course Name  Credits/Hours
EMG-152 PSCIM (Meets Mon/Wed, 11/5 - 11/14,  6-10pm) @ Mulroy Hall, R324 1


EMS Course Offerings

CPR Classes

The following agencies offer CPR classes. Please contact these agencies for further information:

  • NAVAC at (315) 458-7514
  • EAVES at (315) 437-0939
  • American Red Cross (Onondaga and Oswego) at (315) 234-2200
  • American Red Cross (Cayuga County) at (315) 252-9596.
  • Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corp (GBAC) at (315) 638-4328
  • Rural Metro at (315) 471-0102
Questions? Contact the local EMS Bureau at (315) 435-2525.

This course walks through the basics of:

  • Permit requirements
  • Legal responsibilities
  • Cleaning
  • Safe storage and childproofing

OCC's Handgun Safety Course is taught by NYS DCJS-certified firearms instructors and fulfills requirements for obtaining a pistol permit in Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison, Oswego, and Seneca counties. It's a one-day commitment, that lasts approximately four hours.  The course costs $49 to attend, and is offered at OCC's main campus, OCC's Liverpool campus, and the Community Room (JCPenney wing) at the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn.

Participants should not bring guns to the course, since all course materials are provided. 

Register for the Handgun Safety Course online or use the printable registration form 

Handgun Safety Course Schedule
CE19FA HGS.ce-001-005 Wed October 9, 2019 5:30-9:30pm OCC – Mulroy Hall, R226 10/6/19
CE19FA HGS.ce-001-006 Sat October 19, 2019 9:30am-1:30pm OCC – Mulroy Hall, R224 10/16/19
CE19FA HGS.ce-001-007 Tues October 22, 2019 5:00-9:00pm OCC – North Site, Liverpool 10/19/19
CE19FA HGS.ce-001-008 Wed October 30, 2019 5:30-9:30pm Fingerlakes Mall Community Room 10/23/19
CE19FA HGS.ce-001-009 Sat November 9, 2019 9:30am-1:30pm OCC – Mulroy Hall, R224 11/6/19
CE19FA HGS.ce-001-010 Wed November 13, 2019 5:30-9:30pm OCC – Mulroy Hall, R224 11/10/19
CE19FA HGS.ce-001-011 Tues November 19, 2019 5:00-9:00pm OCC – North Site, Liverpool 11/16/19
CE19FA HGS.ce-001-012 Tues November 26, 2019 5:30-9:30pm Fingerlakes Mall Community Room 11/19/19
CE19FA HGS.ce-001-013 Mon December 9, 2019 5:00-9:00pm OCC – North Site, Liverpool 12/6/19
CE19FA HGS.ce-001-014 Wed December 18, 2019 5:30-9:30pm Fingerlakes Mall Community Room 12/11/19
CE19FA HGS.ce-001-015 Thurs December 19, 2019 5:30-9:30pm OCC – Mulroy Hall, R224 12/16/19
CE19FA HGS.ce-001-016 Sat December 28, 2019 9:30am-1:30pm OCC – Mulroy Hall, R224 12/22/19
CE20WI HGS.ce-001-001 Wed January 8, 2020 5:30-9:30pm OCC – Mulroy Hall, TBD 1/5/20
CE20WI HGS.ce-001-002 Sat January 11, 2020 9:30am-1:30pm OCC – Mulroy Hall, TBD 1/8/20
CE20WI HGS.ce-001-003 Mon January 13, 2020 5:00-9:00pm OCC – North Site, Liverpool 1/10/20
CE20WI HGS.ce-001-004 Wed January 29, 2020 5:30-9:30pm Fingerlakes Mall Community Room 1/22/20


This is an eight hour course required by New York State as the first step in obtaining a security guard registration card. The course gives a general overview of the duties and responsibilities of a security guard, including legal powers and limitations, how to handle emergency situations, access control, and ethics and conduct. The cost to enroll is $75. All students must attend all eight hours of training, and pass an exam to complete the course successfully. 

Register for the Handgun Safety Course online or use the printable registration form

Security Guard Training Course Schedule
Term Section Name Days Date Time Location Registration Deadline
CE19FA POL.ce-016-001 Tues & Wed Sept 24 & 25, 2019 5:30-9:30pm OCC - Mulroy Hall R226 9/23/19
CE19FA CE19FA POL.ce-016-002 Wed & Thurs November 6 & 7, 2019 5:30-9:30pm OCC – Mulroy Hall, R226 11/5/19