Atlantic County Public Safety Training Academy - Alternate Route Basic Course for Police Officers

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Department Atlantic County Public Safety Training Academy
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleAlternate Route Basic Course for Police Officers
Deadline Sep 3, 2024 11:59 PM Eastern
Registration Fee$110.00
Location Egg Harbor Township, NJ
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Registration will close when the maximum number of applications (100) has been met. 


The Atlantic County Police Training Center will be testing for Alternate Route positions for Basic Course for Police Officer, class #30. The written exam will be administered on September 10, 2024 at 6:00 PM at the Canale Training Center, 5033 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Twp, NJ  08234.

The Alternate Route program allows for candidates who successfully complete the competitive process to attend the academy without having first been hired by a department. In addition to the written test, there is a physical test and oral interview that are scored. Once hired by a department, the New Jersey Police Training Commission will issue a license.  Candidates are responsible for application fees ($100), psychological examinations ($450-$500), tuition ($2000) and uniforms and equipment ($1000-$1500)     

Applicants must have 60 college credits or two years active duty military and a valid New Jersey driver’s license  to start the academy. The first day of the class will be  January 17, 2024 with graduation in late June 2025. Our academy is non-residential. We accepted 13 Alternate Route recruits in the current class but have taken up 20+ in previous classes. We are limiting the number of applicants to 100. Application closing date is September 3, 2024.

Application can be made at The application fee is due at that time and payable to PoliceApp.

The physical test is scheduled for November 14, 2024, 2024 at 8:00 AM.

For more details contact Michael Fadden at 





Candidates applying for the Alternate Route Program MUST meet the following requirements:         

  • AGE: Reached 18th birthday and not yet reached 35th birthday (Municipal departments may not hire applicants who have reached their 35 birthday) 
  • Is a citizen of the United States
  • Is sound in body and of good health sufficient to satisfy the board of trustees of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement system of New Jersey as to his/her eligibility for membership in the retirement system.
  • Is able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently.
  • Is of good moral character, and has not been convicted of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude. 
  • Must have minimum of 60 college credits or two (2) years active military service or a combination of the two. (Must provide proof of military service – DD214). 

See Alternate Route for Automatic Disqualifiers  


The selection process consists of:

  1. Written Examination (60% of final score)
  2. Physical Agility Test  (Pass/Fail)
  3. Comprehensive Background Investigation (Pass/Fail)
  4. Oral Interviews (40% of final score)
  5. Medical Examination (Pass/Fail)
  6. Psychological Examination (Pass/Fail)
  7. Drug Testing Through Urinalysis (Pass/Fail)


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Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

Applicants are responsible for checking their email and logging into their PoliceApp, PublicSafetyApp, FireFighterApp or EmployementApp account to monitor for emails, scheduling and process updates.

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