Atlantic County Police Training Center

5033 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

The goals of the Atlantic County Police Training Center are to provide quality training programs focusing on the essential skills necessary to serve effectively as law enforcement professionals.


Phone: 609-407-6727

Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute

281 Campgaw Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430

The Law & Public Safety Institute, which encompasses Police, Fire & EMS Academies, is one of the most successful and influential training academies operating in the State of New Jersey…


Phone: 201-785-5700

Camden County College Police Academy

420 N Woodbury-Turnersville Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012

The Camden County College Police Academy was established in 1988 and is certified by the New Jersey Police Training Commission to offer basic police officer training, basic county corrections officer…


Phone: 609-374-4950

Cape May County Police Academy

171 Crest Haven Road, Cape May, NJ 08210

The Cape May County Police Academy offers over 3200 hours of basic and advanced police training courses each year, training approximately 1500 police officers. Low cost housing, reasonable tuition rates…


Phone: 609-465-1134

Division of Criminal Justice Training Academy

P.O. Box 283, Sea Girt, NJ 08750

The DCJ Academy, a Police Training Commission certified academy, conducts a wide range of in-service and pre-service training programs for the state’s law enforcement and criminal justice communities, including state…


Phone: 732-282-6060

Essex County College Public Safety Academy

250 Grove Avenue, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

In furtherance of Essex County College’s mission to provide quality educational programs and life-long learning activities at the most affordable cost, the College has expanded to include the Public Safety…


Phone: 973-877-4350

Gloucester County Police Academy – Rowan College

1400 Tanyard Road, Sewell, NJ 08080

Established in 1988, ‚Äčthe Gloucester County Police Academy conducts basic police training, SLEO I and II training, and many in-service training courses. It has been designated by the New Jersey…


Phone: 856-415-2266

John H Stamler Police Academy

1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

The John H. Stamler Police Academy, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains, is the training ground at which recruits from police departments in Union County and surrounding counties…


Phone: 908-889-6112

Mercer County Police Academy

1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550

Established and certified by the New Jersey Police Training Commission in October 2006, Mercer County’s academy is dedicated to providing the best academic and hands on training in a dynamic…


Phone: 609-584-2302

Middlesex County Police Training Center

11 Patrol Road, Edison, NJ 08817

The mission of the Middlesex County Police Training Center is to support, promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic,…


Phone: 732-225-0750

Monmouth County Police Academy

2000 Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ 07728

The Monmouth County Police Academy is the premiere law enforcement training facility serving the central New Jersey area. In addition to training basic police recruits from all over the state…


Phone: 732-577-8710

Morris County Public Safety Training Academy

500 W Hanover Avenue, Parsippany, NJ 07054

The staff of the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, together with the Morris County Police Chiefs Association is pleased to present the 2016 Police Training Catalog. We continue to…


Phone: 973-285-2979

New Jersey State Police Training Academy

Governors Drive, Sea Girt, NJ 08750

The New Jersey State Police Academy utilizes an Adult Based Learning methodology where the recruits are expected to be active participants in the learning process. Each recruit is provided a…


Phone: 908-449-5200

Ocean County Police Academy

659 Ocean Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701

The mission of Ocean County Police Academy is to provide Ocean County Law Enforcement with high quality training and other assistance that elevates the professionalism of overall police service, prepare…


Phone: 732-363-8710

Passaic County Police Academy

214 Oldham Road, Wayne, NJ 07470

The mission of the Passaic County Police Academy is to provide the most up to date and diversified quality instruction for recruits and veteran police officers with goal to enhance…


Phone: 973-595-6411

Somerset County Police Academy

402 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

The staff of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, The Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police and the Somerset County Police Academy would like to…


Phone: 908-541-5056

When a person thinks about becoming a police officer, one would have to wonder why? There has to be easier jobs in the world then being a police officer, and putting your life on the line every day.

If you think about it, every time a police officer puts on their body armor and gun, it is a reminder to them that they may not come home that night.


So what motivates people to do it? One would think, helping people and making a difference in their community, and protecting those who can not protect themselves would have a lot to do with it.

A lot of people may think it is a quest for power and money, but once you get a taste of what police work is like, that will not keep you doing it.


Now if you are going to be a police officer in the state of New Jersey, depending on what city you work in, your salary can vary. However the average salary for a rookie police officer is about $31,000. Now if you work in Newark, then average salary is $62,000. Now besides the average salary, police officers will have a lot of overtime, because of the nature of the job. For instance, an officer works graveyard shift, and the next day he has court. He will get paid for his shift and make overtime for court.


There are certain requirements that all potential candidates must meed in order to be a police officer in New Jersey. First of all you must be a US citizen, you can not have any criminal convictions, you must be 18 years old or older and under the age of 35, and have a high school diploma or GED. Now if you are trying to become a State Trooper, then you must be 21 years old and have a bachelors degree or associates degree.

Examinations, Tests and Background

Now if you meet the minimum requirements listed above, then you can expect to go through a series of tests and evaluations. These are what separates those who get picked to go to the academy and become a police officer and those that do not. Of course as you can imagine you will have to take a written examination and pass that test. All candidates will also have to take a physical fitness test, which includes, running, push-ups, and sit-ups. Most applicants if they make it that far, will have to go through and extensive background check, including fingerprints and criminal history checks. If you make it through that part, you can also expect at some point a drug screening, because no police department can afford to have a drug abuser on their force.

Candidates can also expect that they will go through a medical examination, and a psychological evaluation as well. Now if you make it that far, then you can look forward to a in person interview. If you pass all of those steps, then you may be hired pending completion of the police academy.

Length of the police academy and cost

In the state of New Jersey, if you are hired by a police department, and the police department does not pay for you to go to their academy, then the normal cost for the applicant is about $2500. Now when you enter into the academy you can also expect to be in the academy for about 21 weeks. The reason you are in there so long, is because there is a lot that you have to be taught, before you are ready to become a police officer, and we will highlight some of them for you next.

New Jersey Police Academy Life

Now as a candidate enters the police academy, there is a strong possibility that they may not be prepared for what they are about to encounter. Now one of the toughest parts of the academy for a lot of recruits is the physical training aspect. You can expect to do a lot of exercises each and every day, including running. The reason that the academy values physical fitness is because this job requires officers to be physically strong and mentally strong. In some cases officers may have to do foot pursuits or people and may have to fight people who resist arrest, so physical training is crucial.

Now another area of training that is crucial to survival is tactical training. That deals more with areas like frisking a suspect in the right way, handcuffing in the proper technique, because not everyone is going to comply with your requests, and gun retention. Gun retention is important, not just to the life of the officer, but other people as well. Once a officer shows up, if he allows the suspect to get his gun, now you have armed the suspect and put everyone at risk. Gun retention is something that most academies hammer on.

Now just as important as tactical training is firearms training. Everyone that comes in the academy is not used to handling a firearm, so the academy wants to make sure that you are comfortable with your weapon and that you can shoot well. Now besides shooting well, you also have to know when to shoot and when not to shoot.

Another key element of training in the academy is high speed pursuit driving. Most people know how to drive when they enter a police academy, however driving at high speeds is not something everyone is comfortable with, and that can be very damaging to a police department if a officer makes bad choices.

Now another key element is that officers need to be taught the criminal and traffic codes. Police officers have to be taught the law and traffic laws because otherwise a rookie officer would not know what charges to charge criminals with. There is more training that recruits will go through but these are just some of the important things a recruit will be taught.

Life After Graduation

Now after a police recruit graduates the police academy, you would think that the hard part is over, but that is hardly the case. Once a police officer gets to his police department then there will be more training. As a new officer you can expect to get a field training officer to help you get used to working at the department, and you will spend a lot of time reading policy and procedures for the specific department. However you can rest assured that you have made it into a very select fraternity.

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