Alternate Route Opportunities


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EFFECTIVE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013:
THE ALTERNATE ROUTE CANDIDATE PROCESS IS OPEN
FOR THE BASIC TRAINING PROGRAM FOR POLICE OFFICERS
Alternate Route candidates are being sought for
– Class #111 (July through December 2014)
and
– Class #112 (January through June 2015).
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STEP ONE:  REGISTER  IN-PERSON TO TAKE THE STATE EXAMINATION
EXAMINATION DATE:  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2013 — 8:30 AM to NOON
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
PRE-REGISTRATION OPENS 9AM on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
PRE-REGISTRATION CLOSES 4PM on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2013

PHOTO IT REQUIRED

PAYMENT DUE AT TIME OF PRE-REGISTRATION by check or money order ONLY, made payable to the Union County Police Chiefs Association.

(See details below.)
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2013 APPLICATION PROCESS IS OPEN

After a two-year hiatus, the Alternate Route program was reinstated by the Police Training Commission in Fall 2012.

The John H. Stamler Police Academy offered the State Chief’s Examination – the first step in applying for the program – in November 2012, for candidates to be considered for the July-December 2013 and January-June 2014 Basic Recruit Training Program classes.

The next State Chief’s Examination for Alternate Route Program candidates will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013, for the July/December 2014 (Class #111) and January/June 2015 (Class #112) classes. Pre-registration is required. The registration process will commence on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9AM and close at 4PM on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Pre-registration must be done in person by the individual registering to take the exam. That individual must come to the John H. Stamler Police Academy, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains (on the Union County Vo-Tech campus) to fill out the requisite paperwork, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4PM. Photo identification is required.  Payment is due at that time, by check or money order ONLY, made payable to the Union County Police Chiefs Association.



The following is a brief overview of the ALTERNATE ROUTE PROGRAM, and the application process

The Process

> Pre-Step: Determine your eligibility

> Step One: Register to take the written examination

> Step Two: Take the written examination

> Step Three: Selection of candidates to submit a formal application

> Step Four: Selection of candidates for a formal interview

> Step Five: Formal Interview

> Step Six: Medical and Psychological Examinations, Drug Testing

> Step Seven: Physical Abilities Testing

> Step Eight: Background Investigation

> Step Nine: Acceptance as an Alternate Route candidate to participate Class #111 (July through December 2014) or Class #112 (January through June 2015


A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE ALTERNATE ROUTE PROGRAM

The John H. Stamler Police Academy (1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, New Jersey) is offering this program in cooperation with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and Union County Police Chiefs Association, and in accordance to the guidelines set forth by the New Jersey Police Training Commission.  The Alternate Route program was resumed for 2013 after a two-year hiatus by the state.

The Alternate Route Program is so named because it offers a third route to become a police officer in the State of New Jersey, in addition to taking the state civil service examination, or taking the examination given by non-civil service police departments.  Specifically, the Alternate Route program allows qualified candidates to participate in the New Jersey Police Training Commission’s Basic Course for Police Officers without first being appointed to a municipal or county police agency. 

Rather than the department or agency hiring the individual, and paying to train that individual, the Alternate Route Program allows an individual to pay his or her own tuition and associated costs.  The benefit is the same for both the Alternate Route recruit and the hiring agency:  That is, the recruit is pre-trained and ready to go to work.

Participating in the Alternate Route application process does not guarantee selection as an Alternate Route recruit, and successful completion of the Basic Training Program for Police Officers by a candidate who has been selected to participate as an Alternate Route recruit does not guarantee employment.

Upon graduation, a candidate has three (3) years to find full-time employment, at which time, the certification expires.

Upon graduation, a candidate will receive twelve (12) Continuing Education Credits from Union County College upon registration with that institution.


PRE-STEP:  DETERMINE YOUR ELIGIBILITY

Alternate Route applicants must meet the standards required under N.J.S.A. 52:17B-69,1, including the general qualifications for a police officer as set forth pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-122, which sets forth that an Alternate Route candidate:

– be a citizen of the United States,

– 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 involving moral turpitude, and

– be 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 eligibility for membership in the retirement system.

The Police Training Commission has also established an education standard for Alternate Route applicants in order to be considered for admission to the Alternate Route Program.  Candidates must have a minimum of 60 earned academic credits from an accredited college or university.  Qualified veterans, as defined by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, who have not earned 60 credits, can substitute two years of full-time, active duty military service, or a combination of college credits and full time active duty military service to satisfy the education requirement.

The Police Training Commission (PTC) recognizes the contributions and sacrifices made by military veterans for the safety, security and freedom of our society.  Accordingly, the PTC encourages veterans’ preference in the selection of Alternate Route candidates.  Qualified veterans must successfully complete every component of the selection process with a minimum qualifying score.


STEP ONE:  REGISTER TO TAKE THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION

The written examination will be administered on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the John H. Stamler Police Academy, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch  Plains, New Jersey (on the Union County Vo-Tech campus).

Registration materials are available at the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains between 9AM and 4PM, commencing Monday, September 23, 2013.

TO REGISTER:

1.            The applicant must complete the Examination Registration Form.

2.            The applicant must register in person at the Main Office of the John H. Stamler Police Academy, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, New Jersey, Monday through Friday between 9AM and 4PM, starting on Monday, September 23rd, and no later than 4PM on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

To register, the applicant must have:

– Photo identification

— The non-refundable $75 examination fee is payable by check or money order, made payable to the Union County Police Chiefs Association.

3.            Upon acceptance of the Examination Registration Form by Academy staff in the Main Office, the applicant will be provided with a Study Guide and Pre-Test Examination Instructions, which he or she will sign for.

4.            The applicant will be able to use the Study Guide to prepare for the Written Examination.


STEP TWO:  TAKING THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION

EXAMINATION DATE:  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2013 — 8:30 AM to NOON at the John H. Stamler Police Academy, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, New Jersey (on the Union County Vo-Tech campus)

1.           The applicant should arrive at the John H. Stamler Police Academy NO LATER THAN 8:30AM on the day of the examination: Saturday, November 16th.

2.            The applicant should be dressed in appropriate business attire.

3.            The applicant needs to bring:

– Photo Identification

– Two (2) #2 Leaded Pencils

– a bottle of water, if desired

4.            When arriving at the Police Academy, Academy staff will check the applicant’s photo ID and other registration information.  Once approved, the applicant will be assigned a room to take the test.

5.            No communication will be allowed between applicants on the day of the examination.

When the applicant finishes taking the examination, he or she is expected to leave the Police Academy building.


STEP THREE:  SELECTION OF CANDIDATES TO SUBMIT A FORMAL APPLICATION

The Police Academy Director will receive the results of the Alternate Route Examination approximately six (6) weeks after the examination date (approximately January 1, 2014.)

At that time, the Police Academy will be able to identify the applicants who scored the highest on the examination.

A select number of these applicants will be contacted in writing via first class mail, asking them to complete and submit a formal application.


STEP FOUR:  SELECTION OF CANDIDATES FOR A FORMAL INTERVIEW

The Police Academy will invite a handful of applicants for a formal interview.


STEP FIVE:  FORMAL INTERVIEW

The structured personal interview will be conducted at the John H. Stamler Police Academy by a panel of law enforcement professionals.  This interview will further assist the Academy in evaluating the candidate as a potential Alternate Route trainee, in terms of professional appearance and deportment, maturity, motivation, judgment, listening skills and communication skills.  The appropriate number of interviews to be conducted will be determined based upon the anticipated number of openings in each class.


STEP SIX:  MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATIONS, DRUG TESTING

Candidates who are selected to move forward in the process will undergo a medical examination, a psychological examination, and drug testing.

The applicant will be given a list of possible places to procure this testing.

The candidate will have to pay for both the examinations.  The medical examination costs approximately $300; the psychological examination costs approximately $450.

The Academy will undertake the drug testing, at its expense.


STEP SEVEN:  PHYSICAL ABILITIES TESTING


Candidates who are selected to move forward in the process will then undergo physical ability testing.

Physical fitness and physical abilities are important aspects of the training, and, ultimately, of being a police officer.


STEP EIGHT:  BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

Candidates who are selected to move forward in the process will then undergo a background investigation, to be conducted by the John H. Stamler Police Academy.


STEP NINE: ACCEPTANCE AS AN ALTERNATE ROUTE CANDIDATE

Ultimately, Police Academy will make a determination of how many Alternate Route recruits will be accepted into its Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Basic Training Programs for Police Officers, based upon the number of regular police trainees enrolled in a given course, with a maximum of sixteen (16) recruits eligible to attend.

The Examination being given on Saturday, November 27, 2012 will determine acceptance as an Alternate Route recruit for the following Basic Training Programs for Police Officers:

– Class #111 (July through December 2014)

or

– Class #112 (January through June 2015)


TUITION

Tuition for an Alternate Route Recruit is $1,890.

Additionally, the Alternate Route Recruit is responsible for approximately $2,500 in additional purchases, including:

– uniforms, equipment, supplies (approximately $1,200),

– ammunition (approximately $350),

– a medical examination (approximately $300)

– psychological testing (approximately $450).

The candidate also has to undergo drug testing and physical ability testing, the cost of which will be assumed by the Police Academy.

The Police Academy also will provide weapons to all Alternate Route candidates for the requisite Firearms Training.

Scholarships are available for those that meet certain criteria and will be awarded at the discretion of the Police Academy Director.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

According to Police Academy Director Anton W. Danco:

“Since the Alternate Route Program was initiated by the State of New Jersey, the John H. Stamler Police Academy has had an excellent placement rate for our Alternate Route recruits.  Our Alternate Route recruits interview for jobs with various police departments while they are still attending the Academy.  Some recruits are hired midway through the training, some are hired just prior to or just after graduation, and some have to work a little harder at it.  Interviewing for a job as a police officer is no different than any other job interview.  The hardest part might be successfully completing the highly competitive and selective application process and being selected to participate in the Basic Training Program as an Alternate Route recruit to begin with.”


PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT

UNION COUNTY — Individuals who are interested in becoming a New Jersey law enforcement officer will have the opportunity to apply to become an Alternate Route candidate via the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.  Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, September 24, 2012.

The Alternate Route program allows qualified candidates to participate in the New Jersey Police Training Commission’s Basic Course for Police Officers without first being appointed to a municipal or county police agency.     The benefit is the same for both the Alternate Route recruit and the hiring agency:  Upon graduation, the recruit is pre-trained and ready to go to work.

Registration materials will be available online at the Police Academy’s website — www.ucnj.org/policeacademy — and at the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains beginning at 8:30AM on Monday, September 24th.

To register, applicants need to hand-deliver their completed Test Application Form and non-refundable $75 examination fee to the main office at the John H. Stamler Police Academy, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains (on the Union County Vo-Tech campus) by  4PM on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.  The registrant must bring photo identification to submit the registration form, and also present it on the day of the examination.

The written examination will be administered at the John H. Stamler Police Academy on Saturday, November 17, 2012.  Pre-registration is required.

Upon submission of the registration form to the Police Academy, the registrant will be given additional instructions regarding the Alternate Route Candidate Test Application.

The state sets forth that an Alternate Route candidate be a citizen of the United States, 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 involving moral turpitude, and be 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 eligibility for membership in the retirement system.

Candidates also must have a minimum of 60 earned academic credits from an accredited college or university.  Qualified veterans, as defined by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, who have not earned 60 credits, can substitute two years of full-time, active duty military service, or a combination of college credits and full time active duty military service to satisfy the education requirement.

The written examination is the first step of the process.  Registrants who score highest on the examination will be considered for the handful of openings as part of Class #109, which attends the Police Academy from 5:30AM to 3:30PM July through December 2013, or Class #110, which runs from January through June 2014.

Tuition for an Alternate Route Recruit is $1,890.  Additionally, the Alternate Route Recruit is responsible for approximately $2,500 in additional purchases, including uniforms, equipment, supplies, ammunition, a medical examination and psychological testing.   The candidate also has to undergo drug testing and physical ability testing.

Participating in the Alternate Route application process does not guarantee selection as an Alternate Route recruit, and successful completion of the Basic Training Program for Police Officers by a candidate who has been selected to participate as an Alternate Route recruit does not guarantee employment. Upon graduation, a candidate  has three years to find full-time employment, at which time, the certification expires.

Detailed information about the program and the necessary paperwork can be accessed online at www.ucnj.org/policeacademy.

This program is offered by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and Union County Police Chiefs Association, and in accordance to the guidelines set forth by the New Jersey Police Training Commission.  The Alternate Route program has been resumed for 2013 after a two-year hiatus by the state.