The Police Academy ScholarS (PASS) program is an 18-month preparatory program designed to provide students at the Monroe College School of Criminal and Social Justice with the skills and mentorship that will fully prepare them to be great candidates to enter a police academy and ultimately become police officers. The PASS program is open to students with a strong interest in policing and law enforcement.
PASS participants will meet over six semesters. Sessions focus on all the components of the hiring process by a police organization including written test prep, and medical, physical, and psychological testing. Additionally, participants will engage in physical training and workouts, academic preparation for actual police academy subjects, and hands-on learning of important police tactics. Participants will also attend off-campus field trips as part of the learning environment.
Students must maintain full-time status and a 3.0 GPA in order to remain in good standing. Students must also take required courses CJ 206 (Police Patrol Procedures) or CJ 208 (History of the NYPD), and CJ 280 (Physical Fitness for Today's Professional) or CJ 281 (Defensive Tactics) as recommended for the AS in Criminal Justice. At the end of the program, the students will come together to celebrate their achievements with a graduation and awards ceremony.
Why Choose PASS?
All PASS students are placed in cohorts similar to the squads in the NYPD Police Academy, led by a faculty mentor with years of experience in law enforcement. Students attend all workshops together, enabling them to develop a cohesive team, form study groups for their courses, and make lasting friendships.
PASS students have the opportunity to connect to a number of mentors and instructors within the Criminal Justice System, from active and retired NYPD detectives and supervisors to former prosecutors and defense attorneys. This unique group of experts will provide participants with the tools and insights necessary to become a police officer.
PASS students can access all the benefits of the School of Criminal and Social Justice, including the newly installed Law Enforcement Training Simulator (LETS). This state-of-the-art technology can be used to test appropriate use of force, decision-making skills, and response time through realistic drills and scenarios.
Monroe College Application
High school transcript
High school diploma
College transcript (if applicable)
$35 application fee
PASS faculty board interview
PASS students must meet the following academic requirements:
Minimum high school GPA of 80 (75 with a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor)
Placement in EN 111 (College Writing and Critical Analysis) and MA 115 (Quantitative Reasoning)
Students will apply for the PASS program alongside their initial Monroe College application. Considerations for admission into the program will include a review of academic records, disciplinary record, a background check and high school attendance records.
For more information on this program, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions: (800) 556-6676