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  • Basic Course for Police Officers Class #113 IS CURRENTLY IN SESSION and will graduate on february 14, 2023
  • SLEO II (NIGHT) CLASS #52 is currently in session and will graduate on may 11, 2023
  • Basic course for police officers/sleo ii commingled class #114 will commence on january 6, 2023 and will tentatively graduate On june 8, 2023
  • SLEO I class #47 will commence on february 6, 2023 and will conclude on March 6, 2023

MANDATED Resiliency Training for Law Enforcement Officers

December 1 @ 8:30 am - December 2 @ 4:30 pm

Interview & Interrogations

December 1 @ 9:00 am - December 2 @ 4:00 pm

Criminal Investigation

December 6 @ 9:00 am - December 7 @ 4:00 pm

Pre-Employment Background Investigations

December 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Survivor’s Day 5K – November 19, 2022

On Saturday, November 19, our Academy’s current recruits of Basic Class #113 came together for the National Survivors Day 5K to remember Ocean County Sheriff’s Officer Christian Schenk and Plumsted Police Officer Joseph Engrassia. Together they, with many from our local community, ran for such an important cause that we will always continue to bring awareness to.

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Ocean County Police Academy

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.

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