The John H. Stamler Police Academy, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains, is the training ground at which recruits from police departments in Union County and surrounding counties receive training to serve as full-time police officers.
The Academy opened in 1946 and moved to its current location in 1991. Five years earlier, in 1986, it entered into an enduring working relationship with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, which continues to have its assistant prosecutors and detectives teach recruit training courses in many different disciplines.
The Academy today operates under the authority of the Prosecutor in cooperation with the Union County Police Chiefs Association. Two recruit classes are offered each year, with first attendance preference being given to Union County municipal police departments. Elective in-service training programs also are made available to law enforcement officers throughout New Jersey by the Academy, with a diverse curriculum offered with topics ranging from “Fitness and Nutrition for Police Officers” to “Unarmed Self-Defense Tactics.”
The Police Academy is named for former Union County Prosecutor John H. Stamler, who served from 1977 until his death in 1990 at the age of 51.