New Jersey Transit
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The New Jersey Transit Police Department is offering NJ TRANSIT employees and our customers an opportunity to become familiar with the day-to-day operations of their transit police department.

New Jersey Transit Police will be conducting a 15-week "Citizen Police Academy" interactive program for employees and customers starting on September 6, 2018.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the procedures, guidelines, responsibilities and demands of personnel, as well as the laws and policies that guide police decision-making. Topics that will be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Overviews of the Department's organization and structure.
  • Recruitment and training.
  • The roles and responsibilities of the various divisions and sections such as Patrol, Traffic, Investigations, K-9, Intelligence, Special Operations and Emergency Management.

The Citizen Police Academy "Recruits" will have the opportunity to experience the same virtual F.A.T.S. (Firearms Training System) and Driving Simulator that our police officers use for training. In addition, participants will be given an opportunity to experience a "ride along" with a police officer on patrol.

The Citizen Police Academy is open to any NJ TRANSIT employee and NJ TRANSIT customer who are 18 years of age and over and who successfully complete a thorough background investigation. "Citizen Police Academy Recruits" will meet once a week for approximately 2 to 3 hours at NJ TRANSIT's Headquarters, 1 Penn Plaza, Newark, across from Penn Station. Class location, dates and times will be announced upon scheduling of the next course. Class size will be limited to 15 students.

The approximate start of the next class will be Thursday, September 6, 2018. The cutoff date for new applications will be August 30, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

All interested individuals may submit the attached application or contact the New Jersey Transit Police Department's Training Unit at 973-491-8256 for additional information.

Citizen Police Academy Application

NJT Citizens Police Academy Poster

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