What does Police Basic Training involve?
Basic training is approximately 24 weeks long. There are over 120 subjects that are taught. Training can be best described as a blend of military and college training. The environment is very challenging and requires a commitment to excellence.
How do I apply?
Classes begin in
December of each year. The Academy will advertise in the area newspapers during the months of February and August announcing an orientation whereby a program overview will be presented. Applications will be made available at that time. All alternate route inquiries should be made to the Academy Central Administration number
908-526-1200 ext. 8480.
Or you may email the Alternate Route Coordinator DSG Lisa Gilmurray at
What is the Alternate Route Program?
This is a program where you can go to the Police Academy on your own without being
hired and sent by a police department. This would be similar to spending a semester
at a college or university.
The trainee must pass:
- physical fitness test
- written test
- oral interview
- and pass
comprehensive background check
What are the requirements?
In order to apply for the Program you must:
• Must be a citizen of the United States;
• Be 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;
• Be able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently;
• Be of good moral character, and has not been convicted of any criminal offense
involving moral turpitude;
• Be a resident of Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset or Warren County.
• Have 60 college credits; or two years of full time active duty military service;
or a combination of 1 year college (30 credits from a college or university recognized
by RVCC) and 1 year active military service.
• Must be at least 18 years of age and not over 35 at the completion of the academy
How much does the
The total cost for the program is approximately $3,800. This includes:
• Registration fee: $50 (covers written and physical fitness test)
• Processing fee: $300 (due at completion of training)
• Medical, Stress & Psychological exams: $785
• Insurance (liability/health)
• Uniform, Equipment & Ammunition: $2,400
• Tuition: $1,350 (due at completion of training)
• Scholarships available based on financial need. (Scholarship information will be provided during orientation meeting)