Monday, November 24th, 2008

The Morris County Public Safety Training Academy is again offering an Alternate Route Basic Course for Police Officers.

The program gives 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.

The alternate route program creates a pool of trained officers for communities to hire while saving local police departments the expense associated with officer training.

Registration for the written examination, given to qualified individuals to participate in the training course, is being conducted at the Public Safety Training Academy, formerly the Firefighters and Police Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave., Parsippany-Troy Hills, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. through Jan. 9.

Registration is for the July 2009 and January 2010 basic police classes.

Candidates must reside in Morris, Sussex or Warren counties and must present two proofs of residency at the time of registration. Candidates must also pay a $75 non-refundable registration fee in cash or money order payable to the Morris County Firefighters and Police Training Academy. Personal checks will not be accepted.

The written exam will be given at the academy at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14.

Candidates for the alternate route program must be 18 and no older than 35 by the completion of the program and in good health.

Individuals must also have a minimum of 60 college credits or two years of active military service or a combination of the two. Proof of military service is required when registering.

Candidates must be U. S. citizens, be of good moral character, and must not have been convicted of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude.

In addition to the written exam, the selection process consists of a physical agility test, comprehensive background investigation, oral interviews, medical and psychological examinations and drug testing through urinalysis.

This program has been approved for Morris County by the New Jersey Police Training Commission.

More information about the Alternate Route Basic Course for Police Officers may be obtained by calling the academy at 973-285-2979 or by visiting the academy Web site,