Alternate Route Announcement

Every applicant must attend a mandatory orientation prior to applying to the Bergen County Alternate Route Program. This orientation will explain all the necessary steps of the Alternate Route process. The applicant must attend either Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm OR Saturday February 18, 2017 at 9:00 am. These orientations will be take place at the police academy. There is no registration necessary for the orientation, just show up.

The first 240 applications will be accepted starting on Tuesday February 21, 2017 between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm.

No applications will be accepted prior to Tuesday morning.


All candidates will be required to take the written exam and the top 40 will take the physical ability test:

Written Test – Wednesday March 1st at 7:00 pm – No one will be granted entrance after 6:45



Physically Ability Test – Wednesday March 15th at 10 am. Dress to exercise.

This test is based on the Police Training Commission standards. The test will consist of sit-ups, push-ups, vertical jump, 300 meter dash and 1.5 mile run.


The Police Academy Directors Association of NJ (PADA), in cooperation with the NJ Police Training Commission, has filmed demonstrations of the five events, and included information regarding the testing procedure.  We are distributing this video in order to assist you in preparing your recruit candidates for the Academy.  This is a statewide mandate and applies to all Police Training Academies in New Jersey. 

 The following link will take you to the “Pre-Academy Entry Physical Agility Testing” video posted on YouTube:

Interview- will be for the top 30 applicants on the written test that successfully passed the physical ability test. We anticipate the interview dates to be in early April.

Full information regarding the Alternate Route Program can be viewed on the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute Website.

DO Not Call the academy with questions, save them for the Orientation.

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