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
Registration Fee$100.00
Location Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Job Announcement


Registration will close when the maximum number of applications (120) have been met. 


Although a Basic Course for Police Officers (B.C.P.O.) academy class is anticipated for late September 2020, a specific start date has not been set as of this date, May 13, 2020. A written examination date is also yet to be determined and will depend on the Governor's re-opening of the state and Police Training Commission guidelines. Some date in June is our goal. Once test and academy start dates have been set, they will be posted here and emailed to candidates who have completed the application. Apply on Please note that the application fee is NON-REFUNDABLE, even if you are unable to attend the written test. There will be only one test date ( a weekday evening) with no make-ups. Make an informed decision before applying and paying the application fee.


Study Guides will be mailed upon requests.

What Is The Alternate Route Basic Course For Police Officers? 

This program was designed to give individuals interested in becoming police officers, the opportunity to attend a police training academy at their own expense, prior to being hired by a police department. 

Although successful completion of the program does not assure a participant 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. 

Basic Police Training commences in the Summer and Winter of each year, and is 22 weeks in duration.  The Atlantic County Public Safety Academy is not a residency school, thus allowing trainees to attend from 6:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. each day. 

As an Alternate Route Trainee your expenses will include:

  • Registration Fee
  • Tuition
  • Insurance
  • Medical and Psychological Examinations
  • Uniforms and Equipment for a total cost of $3,500.00 to $4,000.


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

  • AGE: 18-35
  • 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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