The Police Academy is the NYPD's state-of-the-art training facility that provides academic and physical preparation to uniformed and civilian members of the NYPD. Members of the department undergo extensive, rigorous preparation, befitting the most highly trained and effective law enforcement professionals in the country. The Police Academy provides them with the latest technology, education, and tactical knowledge to enhance their ability to protect the lives, rights, property, and dignity of all New Yorkers and visitors.
Recruit and in-service training focuses on effective community policing, de-escalation, communication skills, safe tactics, and the privilege of serving the nation's most diverse population. With the increased threat of terrorism, the Police Academy also provides new recruits and in-service personnel with the latest counterterror methodologies. These include highly specialized curricula, such as intelligence gathering, active-shooter training, and counter surveillance. Additional areas of instruction include training for the department's Highway, Traffic Enforcement, and School Safety personnel.
The 32-acre campus, located in College Point, Queens, and operated by the NYPD Training Bureau, opened its doors in 2014, consolidating the old Police Academy in Manhattan and existing training facilities throughout the city into one central location. The 750,000-square-foot facility has nearly three times the amount of useable space as the old academy and features modern classrooms, a gymnasium and indoor track, and a tactical village that emphasizes hands-on scenario-based training. Mock-environment training rooms include a precinct station house, multi-family residence, grocery store, restaurant, park, court room, bank, and a subway car and platform.