Police Academy Rules & Regulations

All In-Service Rules are mandatory in order to keep the Academy clean and orderly. Violations of any of the following rules may result in the student being returned to his/her department without credit for course.

Dress Code

Proper footwear and attire is required at all times.

Proper dress consists of:
business suit, shirt, tie, regular department uniform; sport jacket, slacks; female officers can also wear dresses or skirts and fore go the tie. No jeans, shorts, sweat clothes, sneakers or sandals are permitted. 

Dress Code Exceptions:
all physical courses - Firearms, CPR, Defensive Tactics, Photography. No other dress will be allowed without the prior approval of the chief police instructor.

Class Times

All classes begin at 9:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM, unless otherwise indicated in a specific course description.

Tuition and Fees

Out-of-County Course Fees 
Basic Police Training $1,350.00
Basic Correction Training $950.00
Auxiliary Police $300.00
Special Police Class 1B $450.00
Juvenile Detention Officer Class $500.00
All Other Courses 
First Day $35.00
Each Additional Day $35.00
With the following exceptions
Methods of Instruction $250.00
Firearms Instructor Course $350.00
Crime Prevention for Practitioner $200.00
Physical Conditioning Instructor $200.00
Radar Instruction Course $200.00
Honor Guard Camp $100.00 per department
Police Fees
 Books for 40-Hr Basic Telecomm  $85.00
Books for Bicycle Patrol $25.00


Charges include administrative fees, supplies and materials. The Academy provides photographic supplies, various booklets, and other distribution materials.


Basic Police Training Course: Reimbursement for student withdrawal or dismissal from the Basic Police Training Course will be as follows: 
100% if the Academy is notified 7 days prior to orientation. 50% for post-orientation withdrawal through the third week of training. 0% after the third week of training.


Billing will be made upon completion of the course. Checks, money orders and vouchers are to be made payable to:  The Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute  281 Campgaw Road,  Mahwah, NJ 07430 

Please do not send payment before being billed!

Out-of-county NJ Police Training Commission certified instructors who actively instruct Bergen County Academy courses may attend in-service courses conducted or sponsored by the Academy at no charge. 


All accidents occurring on Academy grounds must be reported immediately to the attending instructor and to the administrative office, and an incident form must be completed. 

Telephone Messages

No messages will be delivered during classes except in an emergency. All outgoing calls must be made on the pay phones located in the lobby and corridors. 


Smoking is not permitted in the building. When smoking outdoors, use ashtrays. Do not throw cigarette butts on the ground. 


Breaks are given according to the instructor. Classes normally break for lunch at noon, unless otherwise indicated by the instructor.
Students are required to clean up after themselves. All garbage should be disposed of in the proper receptacles provided. 

The kitchen area is off-limits to all students attending In-Service Training classes, unless permitted by the Academy Director or Chief Training Advisor.


Students are prohibited from talking to any recruit attending the Basic Police Class. Offices are to be entered on official business only. 

Contact Us

Sgt. Damian Pope

Officer in Charge



Sgt. William Valentine

In - Service Training



Capt. Jason Love

In - Service Training



S.O. Alex Herrera

Training Advisor



P.O. Dave Affinito

Training Advisor



Sgt. Mike Doyle

Range Master



Sgt. Robert Sloma

Range Officer



Robert Peacock

ALT Route Advisor



Lynn St. Thomas

In-Service Police Secretary




Training Contact email