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Alternate Route Program

The Alternate Route Program (N.J.S.A. 52:17B-69.1) was designed to give individuals interested in becoming police officers, the opportunity to attend a certified police training academy at their own expense, prior to being hired by a police, sheriff, or campus police department. 

Although successful completion of the program does not guarantee a candidate a position in law enforcement, graduates will have received training from a certified police academy and are able to pursue employment as a certified police officer for a 3 year period from date of graduation. 

Announcements pertaining to enrollment will be posted in area newspapers, colleges, libraries and here on our website.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizen of the United States
  • Sound in body and of good health sufficient to satisfy the board of trustees of the Police and Fireman’s retirement system of New Jersey as to his / her eligibility for membership in the retirement system
  • Able to read, write, and speak the English language well and intelligently
  • Good moral character and has not been convicted of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude
  • Resident of the State of New Jersey at time of entry into the academy
  • Maintains a valid driver’s license issued by the State of New Jersey
  • Must be 18 years of age and not over 35 at the completion of the academy program
  • Educational, Military experience: No person shall make application for enrollment as an alternate route trainee in the basic training course for police officer unless he / she can demonstrate completion of at least 60 college credits or 2 years of active military service.
Selection Criteria
  • Application
  • Written Test
  • Physical fitness agility test
  • Interview
  • Medical examination including stress and drug tests
  • Psychological test
  • Background investigation


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