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
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Registration will close when the maximum number of applications (80) has been met. 


The Atlantic County Police Training Center will be testing for Alternate Route positions in our next academy class. That class, BCPO #25, will run from December 6, 2021 until June 3, 2022. The test will be given at July 21, 2021 at 6:00 PM at the Tony Canale Training Center,  5033 English Creek Ave, Egg Harbor Township,  NJ 08234.  Candidates must bring photo ID. Late arrivals will not be admitted to the test. Those passing the written test will then have to pass a physical test in order to continue in the process. The PT test will be August 3, 2021

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Study Guides will be mailed upon request. 

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 - $100 (payable to PoliceApp)
  • Tuition - $2,000 (payable to County of Atlantic by first day of academy)
  • Insurance
  • Medical and Psychological Examinations
  • Uniforms and Equipment 


  • Total cost of $3,500.00 to $4,000.


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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