UPDATE: The maximum of 80 candidates was met within days after the October 10, 2017, announcement. The application period for the Atlantic County Alternate Route Program (ARP) was closed well ahead of the announced November 22, 2017 deadline.
Announcement: On October 10, 2017, the Atlantic County Police Academy opened the application period for candidates wishing to compete for a slot in the police academy through the “Alternate Route Program.” This was a great opportunity for those who are working toward a career in law enforcement. The process is extremely competitive and begins with the administration of a competitive written exam (scored) followed by a physical agility assessment (pass/fail) and an oral interview (scored). To enter the competitive process, interested candidates needed to apply before all of the 80 available applications were received and the application process closed.
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The below information was publicly released by the staff at the Atlantic County Public Safety Training Center regarding the selection process for the Alternate Route Program:
Atlantic County Public Safety Training Academy
Alternate Route Basic Course for Police Officers
ATLANTIC COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING ACADEMY
Registration will close November 22, 2017 OR when the maximum number of applications (80) have been met. (The application period actually closed a month prior as the max of 80 applicants was met in October.)
ALTERNATE ROUTE BASIC COURSE FOR POLICE OFFICERS
A written examination will be held November 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Canale Training Center, 5033 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234. The physical agility test (PAT) date is to be determined. The PAT will be administered four times throughout the day. Applicants will be advised of their reporting time for the PAT.
A STUDY GUIDE IS AVAILABLE:
Study Guides will be available for pickup at the academy between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. M-F during the dates applications are open. Proof of test registration will be required to obtain a study guide. However, at the applicant’s request, the study guide can also be mailed out to the applicant directly.
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:
Medical and Psychological Examinations
Uniforms and Equipment for an approximate total cost of $4,500.00.
Candidates applying for the Alternate Route Program MUST meet the following requirements:
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 a 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).
The selection process consists of:
Written Examination (60% of final score)
Physical Agility Test (Watch a video on the Physical Agility Test below!) (Pass/Fail)
Comprehensive Background Investigation (Pass/Fail)
Oral Interviews (40% of final score)
Medical Examination (Pass/Fail)
Psychological Examination (Pass/Fail)
Drug Testing Through Urinalysis (Pass/Fail)
Registrations opened October 10, 2017, and the deadline is through November 22, 2017, or until the maximum of 80 applicants is reached.
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. It is the applicant’s responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.