Brooklyn sees a new class of court officers at Prospect Heights facility

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The state-of-the-art training academy in Prospect Heights, saw an influx of 267 hopeful new recruits on their first day of basic training on Monday. This marks the beginning of a challenging yet rewarding journey as they aspire to become New York State Court Officers.

Photo by David Handschuh/OCA.

Named in honor of New York State Court Officers Capt. William Thompson, Sgt. Thomas Jurgens, and Sgt. Michael Wallace who tragically lost their lives on 9/11, the training facility stands as a constant reminder of the courage, sacrifice, and dedication required of those who choose this path.

Established in 2018 to replace a smaller Manhattan-based facility, the academy is a key institution in preparing roughly 4,000 court officers who serve across the state.

Under the command of Chief of Training, Joseph Baccellieri, Jr., the academy’s staff, who are all certified as police instructors by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, ensure recruits undergo a rigorous and comprehensive training regime.

267 new recruits listen to Chief Joseph Baccellieri during their first day at the training academy in Brooklyn, NY. Photo by David Handschuh/OCA.

The 4-month-long program includes physical training, defensive tactics, basic life support, firearms training, and a challenging academic curriculum covering a vast array of subjects critical to their future roles.

Upon successful completion of the program, these recruits will be certified as Peace Officers of the State of New York, prepared to serve and protect, uphold the law, and contribute to the safety and justice of our courts.