Courses in police training arm aspiring officers with essential skills for protecting the community. In New Jersey, these courses are offered by police training centers and community colleges. These schools offer training programs for students hoping to become police officers, as well as courses for new recruits. In addition, these schools also offer courses on advanced topics, corrections and special law enforcement. Short classes on specialty topics may also be offered from time to time.
Atlantic County Police Training Center
The Atlantic County Police Training Center in Egg Harbor Township offers alternate route training for new hopefuls who haven't yet joined police teams. Courses offered in the program cover topics ranging from patrol tactics and self-defense to processing, interrogation and suicide awareness. Requirements for the program include drug screening, physical tests and either 60 college credits or two years of military service.
Camden County College
The Regional Emergency Training Center of Camden County College, which is located in Blackwood , holds a partnership with the Camden County Police Academy. Since its 1988 inception, the academy's goal has been to improve the work of local police through an ongoing commitment to education. Courses are held between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm during select periods and cover topics like fingerprinting, defensive tactics, crime scene investigation and cell block management.
Cape May County Police Academy
The Cape May County Police Academy in Cape May Court House offers more than 3,200 hours of training for new and continuing officers on an annual basis. Recruits for the Basic Course for Police Officers are required to live on campus between Monday and Friday for the 21-week span of the program. The academy also offers Class I and II Special Law Enforcement Officer (SLEO) training programs among its basic courses. An advanced course is offered as an investigator/detective course. An alternate route program for police officers is also available.
Division of Criminal Justice Training Academy
The Division of Criminal Justice Training Academy (DCJ) in Sea Girt offers various levels of training for police and corrections officers. Programs offered by the DCJ Academy include the Basic Course for Investigators - a 4-month program that covers the procedures involved in finding and apprehending criminals. Multi-day courses in the DCJ catalog explore topics like physical conditioning and the use of force.
Essex County College
The community and continuing education division of Essex County College in Newark has a Police Academy that's based in Cedar Grove. In the 27-week special law enforcement officer II course, registrants are led through a regimen of physical training and self-defense, in addition to classes on report writing and evidence preservation. Classes begin at 9:00 am and registrants are required to undergo 23 hours of training per week. The academy also offers a 12-week, 480-hour basic course for registrants looking to become corrections officers.
Rowan College of South Jersey
The Gloucester County Police Academy offers several police training classes through the Rowan College of South Jersey in Sewell. The school has been endorsed by the New Jersey Police Training Commission as a leading regional trainer of SLEO classes. Aside from the SLEO Class I and II classes, other in-service training classes address bicycle patrol, crash investigation, forensic investigations and street survival.
John H. Stamler Police Academy
Representing the community of Union County, the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains has various training programs. In addition to basic, alternate route and SLEO I and II training, the academy has a program for registrants who wish to become auxiliary officers. Stamler courses, which typically run on Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturdays, will cover everything from bias crimes and school violence to gang awareness, bike patrol and handcuffing.
Mercer County Community College
Mercer County Community College in West Windsor offers in-service training through the Mercer County Police Academy. Founded on the vision of educating new and continuing officers, the academy provides training in everything from report writing and crime-scene photography to fraud detection and internal investigations. New officers undergo the Basic Course for Police Officers - a 21-week sequence of curriculum approved by the New Jersey Police Training Commission. Mercer also offers a 13-week course for county correction officers.
Monmouth County Police Academy
The Monmouth County Police Academy in Freehold has an Alternate Route Program through which qualifying 18 to 34-year-olds can gain skills for the police force. Monmouth also offers courses in the various aspects of police work, including how to handle situations involving domestic violence, street fights and active shooters. Occasionally, 3-day courses are offered that cover topics like field training and incident command. The academy also has a Basic Course for Police Officers, which is 790 hours of training.
Passaic County Police Academy
With its Basic Course for Police Officers, the Passaic County Police Academy in Wayne trains new officers in everything from weaponry and patrol concepts to the legal requirements of arrests, searches and seizures. For applicants looking to enter law enforcement at their own expense, Passaic offers an Alternate Route Program. In addition to Passaic's various in-service training programs, the academy also offers courses geared towards corrections officers and sheriffs.
According to the New Jersey State Police, prospective officers should have an associate's or bachelor's degree or have completed a respective 60 or 90 credit hours of college coursework. Additionally, 24 months of military or work experience is needed for candidates with an associate's degree or 30 credit hours of completed coursework. Other requirements include a physical examination, psychological test and background check, a driver's license and being at least 21 years old. Between the colleges and training centers, New Jersey has over 15 options for men and women who wish to enter this field. Below is a list and comparison table of 10 institutions that offer police training in New Jersey.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Police Training Programs Offered||Program Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)|
|Atlantic County Police Training Center||Training center, public; small suburb||Alternate Route Training Program||$4,000*|
|Camden County College||2-year, public; large suburb||Police Academy In Service Registration Courses|| $144/credit, in-county resident
$148/credit, out-of-county and out-of-state resident
$236/credit, out-of-country resident*
|Cape May County Police Academy||Training center, public; small suburb|| Alternate Route Program for Police Officers,
Basic Courses for Police Officers,
SLEO - Class I & II Training,
Advanced Investigator/Detective Course
|Division of Criminal Justice Training Academy||Training center, public; small suburb|| Basic Course for Investigators,
DCJ Training Courses
|Essex County College||2-year, public; large city||Special Law Enforcement Officer II Course:||not available|
|Rowan College of South Jersey||2-year, public; large suburb|| In-Service Training Courses,
SLEO - Class I & II
|John H. Stamler Police Academy||Training center, public; small suburb|| Alternate Route Training,
Auxiliary Officer Training,
Basic Police Training,
SLEO - Class I Training
|Basic Crime Scene Investigation: $800*|
|Mercer County Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Basic Course for Police Officers,
Basic Course for County Correction Officers
| Police Officer Course: $500, in-county
Correction Officer Course: $550, out-of-county*
|Monmouth County Police Academy||Training center, public; small suburb|| Alternate Route Program,
Basic Course for Police Officers,
Police Academy Courses
| $750, in-county
|Passaic County Police Academy||Training center, public; small suburb|| Alternate Route Program,
Basic Course for Police Officers,
Basic Course for County Correction Officers
| free for Passaic County Municipal Agencies;
$1,100, other agencies
Sources: *Schools' Websites