How to become a Police Officer in New Jersey
Pre-service Recruit Training.
In service and specialized training.
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  • basic course for police officers class #118 is currently in session and will tentatively graduate on october 4, 2024

Red Dot Pistol Course

July 15 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Rifle Operator Course (OC Depts. ONLY)

July 29 @ 8:00 am - July 31 @ 4:00 pm

Safe Schools Resource Officer/Liaison Training

August 5 @ 8:30 am - August 9 @ 4:30 pm

2024 Ocean County Sheriff’s Youth Police Academy

August 5 @ 8:30 am - August 9 @ 3:00 pm

The Ocean County Police Academy is a premier law enforcement training academy located in central New Jersey. It is one of 15 law enforcement training academies certified by the New Jersey Police Training Commission. Each year, the academy trains more than 300 recruits in various law enforcement disciplines such as Basic Police Officer, Special Police Officer, County Correction Officer and Humane Law Enforcement Officer. In addition to basic recruit training, the Academy is also host to in-service and specialized law enforcement training programs for newly certified and veteran officers.


To provide Ocean County Law Enforcement with high quality training and other assistance that elevates the professionalism of overall police service.

To prepare police recruits mentally, physically, ethically and with a proficiency of skills to perform the police duties at a high level of competence.

To maintain current knowledge of contemporary police issues, methods, concerns and technology for the purpose of presenting useful instruction on said subjects.

In all instruction, to police recruits and veteran police officers:

1. Build and reinforce a strong ethical foundation to ensure proper behavior throughout the police career.
2. Develop a high proficiency of skills essential for effective policing.
3. Emphasize alertness and preparation for actions as a means for personal safety.