Police Academy Alternate Route Program

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The 2023 Alternate Route program will  be announced in October 2022 and commence in February 2023.

The Alternate Route Program (N.J.S.A. 52:17B-69.1) was designed to give individuals interested in becoming police officers, the opportunity to attend a certified police training academy at their own expense, prior to being hired by a law enforcement agency.

Although successful completion of the program does not guarantee a candidate 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 for a 3 year period from date of graduation.

The Basic Course for Police Officers is currently 22 weeks in duration at the Bergen County Police Academy.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a Citizen of the United States
  • Must have a valid NJ Driver’s License
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and not over 35 at the completion of the program
  • Must have completed 60 college credits with a GPA of 2.5 or above prior to the first day of training or 2 years of active military service or a combination of the two. Applicants must supply a copy of their DD214 as proof of military service.
  • Must be a resident of the State of New Jersey prior to entrance into the academy
  • Must be of good moral character and not convicted of any criminal offense.
  • Must be in good health, sound physical condition and able to participate in a rigorous physical training program.
  • Able to read, write, and speak the English language well and intelligently

Selection Criteria:

  • Mandatory Orientation attendance
  • Application
  • Written examination
  • Physical fitness test
  • Interview
  • Medical examination including stress and drug tests
  • Psychological examination
  • Background investigation

As a reminder, applicants must attend a mandatory orientation session prior to applying to the Alternate Route Program. This orientation will explain all of the necessary steps in the process.

Contact Us

Lt. Juan Arroyave

Commanding Officer

Phone: 201-226-5611


Lt. Damian Pope

Officer in Charge

Phone: 201-226-5812


Ofc. Daniel Solares

Senior Recruit Training Advisor

Phone: 201-226-5872


Ofc. Dave Affinito

Recruit Training Advisor

Phone: 201-226-5824


Sgt. Sara Toro

Recruit Training Advisor

Phone: 201-226-5159


Lt. John Lind

Range Master

Phone: 201-226-5861


Ofc. Marcelo Hoagopian

Range Master

Phone: 201-226-5862


Sgt. Charade Collier

In-Service Training

Phone: 201-226-5550


Chief Robert Peacock (Ret.)

ALT Route Advisor

Phone: 201-785-5703


Ms. Laura Sans

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 201-226-5825


 Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute

281 Campgaw Road • Mahwah, NJ 07430

Phone: 201-785-5700

Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 4:30pm