Police Academy

Chief Gregg A. DeLuca (ret.) created the Little Falls Police academy in 1997. The academy operates when a need from other agencies is identified. To date, we have trained over 100 police officers and sheriff deputies from the Counties of Herkimer, Oneida, Madison, Montgomery, Fulton, Albany, Saratoga, Onondaga, Otsego, Schoharie, Schenectady and others. Most Recruits that attend this academy juggle full time jobs and family life while enduring the strict, paramilitary academy setting. In addition to the Basic Course for Police Officers, the academy administers the Phase II Course on a yearly basis.

The Little Falls Police Academy had hosted the Pre-Credentialing Program through Cazenovia College from 2004 until 2018. In 2018, the Little Falls Police Department began to sponsor the same program through Herkimer College. This sponsorship was a result of hard work and dedication of Chief Michael A. Masi (ret.). This Pre-credentialing course provides students with most of the academic portion of the academy as students of the college. Once that program is completed, the student is eligible to be hired by a police agency and will then go through the second phase of training, which consists of more police-specific training such as firearms. The academy has brought many people to the Little Falls area and continues to support the department's hiring needs from proven, sound candidates. The Little Falls Police Department is proud to have been involved in sponsoring one of the first Pre-employment Academy classes at Cazenovia, and the pride continues with the latest venture at Herkimer College. Both colleges still offer the courses, and additional information about each program can be found at the links below.





For general information about training classes, Phase 2 academies, or the regular police academy, feel free to contact our department at the information below.

Contact Information: Chief Ronald J Petrie (315) 823-1123 - rpetrie@cityoflittlefalls.net