Posted Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The Morris County Public Safety Training Academy is 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 is being conducted at the academy, 500 West Hanover Ave. in Parsippany, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. through Aug. 15.   The written exam will be given at the academy at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

A candidate for the alternate route program must be a United States citizen between the ages of 18 and 35, a New Jersey resident and in good health.   Candidates must have completed a minimum of 60 college credits or two years of active military service or a combination of the two.   Proof of military service must be shown at the time of registration.

At registration, a candidate must present two proofs of residency and pay a $75 non-refundable registration fee in cash or money order.  Personal checks will not be accepted.

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

More information about the Alternate Route Basic Course for Police Officers may be obtained by calling the academy at 973-285-2979.