Law Enforcement Academy 


The Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy (N.C.L.E.A.) was founded in 1973 to serve the police agencies of Niagara County. The Academy, which does extensive training of police, corrections, communications officers and civilians, has grown over the years and is now serving Niagara County and other law enforcement agencies in Erie, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, and Livingston counties.


Training programs conducted and hosted by the N.C.L.E.A. include Basic Course for Police, Basic Corrections Officer Course, Civilian Dispatch Training, DWI Detection, Accident Investigation, Police Supervision, Radar Operator, TASER, Datamaster (Breath Test Operator), Fingerprinting, and Firearms Training, as well as a wide variety of current training topics including Homeland Security. Law enforcement professionals are constantly provided with opportunities aimed at continuing their education in the fields of their expertise.   


The Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy primarily provides the law enforcement agencies of Western New York with the required training for police officers just starting their careers.  A full time academy is usually offered one time per calendar year and is specifically geared toward recruits that have already obtained employment in a law enforcement field.  The Law Enforcement Academy also conducts a pre-employment academy through Niagara University for those who are seeking a law enforcement career but have not yet been hired by a police agency.

The Board of Directors for the Law Enforcement Academy is comprised of the Sheriff of Niagara County and the Chiefs of Police from Lockport, Niagara Falls, and North Tonawanda. The LEA is served by a Director and staff from the Sheriff's Office and a Director from the Niagara Falls Police Department. A Training Coordinator (Undersheriff of Niagara County) acts as the liaison between the Board of Directors and the Academy staff. The LEA is located  

on the campus of Niagara University.


If you would like more information on the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy, visit or call 716-286-8759