The Alternate Route Program is a program designed to afford anyone the opportunity to earn a certificate from the State of New Jersey to become a municipal police officer. To be eligible for this program, candidates must comply with N.J.S.A. 40A:14-122 which states: Must be a citizen of the United States and live in the State of New Jersey; be of sound body and good health sufficient to satisfy trustees of the New Jersey Police and Fireman's Retirement System; be able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently; be of good moral character and have not been convicted of any criminal offense; have a good driving record; have completed 60 credits at an institution of higher learning with credits to be accumulated toward an associate or baccalaureate degree or 2 years active military service or 30 college credits with one year active military service; must be at least 18 years of age and no older than 35 years of age.
If you can comply with the above, you may apply to the Camden County Police Academy Alternate Route Program by completing an initial application and payment of the application/testing fee. The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police conducts the test for Basic Police Officer, which must be passed by all applicants before continuing to the next phase. A physical fitness test must be passed, medical clearance from a Doctor, and a complete criminal history and background investigation is conducted on each applicant. The applicant will be interviewed by a board of Chiefs of Police and a psychological examination will be conducted.
If all of the requirements are met, the candidate will be invited to attend the police academy with recruits from around the state. The academy will run for 20 weeks.
Alternate Route candidates put themselves through the academy at their own expense and are not required to have sponsorship from any police department.