Mercer County Alternate Route Program

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Mercer County Alternate Route Program

Post by CCSTestPrep » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:06 am

The Mercer County Police Academy has announced the 2018 Alternate Route Program selection process. The process will start with a MANDATORY orientation meeting being held at the Mercer County College on Saturday, September 22, 2018, with the written examination being administered the following Saturday, September 29, 2018. (www.ccstest.com)

The full information posted on the Mercer County Police Academy website as of Wednesday, July 4, 2018, is as follows:

2018 Orientation will be September 22, 2018

Location: Mercer County Community College

1200 Old Trenton Road

West Windsor, NJ 08690

Room CM 110, Communications Building

Time: 9:00 AM

You must bring a check or money order for $60.00 to the orientation made out to:

"County of Mercer, c/o Mercer County Police Academy." No cash will be accepted.

Attendance is MANDATORY to move on to the next stage in the alternate route testing process.

Written Examination date is scheduled for: September 29, 2018 at 9:00am

Physical Fitness Testing date and time will be released at a later date.

What is the Alternate Route Program?

The Alternate Route Program was designed to give individuals interested in becoming police officers the opportunity to attend a certified police training academy, at their own expense, prior to being hired by a police, sheriff's or campus department.

Although successful completion of the program does not guarantee a position in law enforcement, graduates will have received training from a certified police academy and are able to pursue employment as a certified police officer.

The Basic Course for Police Officers is currently 21 weeks in duration and the Mercer County Police Academy is a non-residential program with trainees attending classes forty hours a week.

What are the requirements?

In order to apply for the program you:

Must be at least 18 years of age and not over 35 at the completion of the program (for municipal police officers).
Must be at least 18 years of age (for Sheriff's Officers and College Campus Police Officers).
Must have completed 60 college credits with a GPA of 2.5 or above prior to the first day of training or 2 years of active military service or a combination of the two. Applicants must supply a copy of their DD214 as proof of military service.
Must be citizen of the United States.
Must be a resident of the State of New Jersey
Must be of good moral character, and not convicted of any criminal offense.
Must be in good health, sound physical condition and able to participate in a rigorous physical training program.
Must have a valid NJ Drivers License

What are the selection criteria?

Mandatory attendance at the Alternate Route Orientation Meeting.
Written Examination with a score of 70% or above.
Initial Interview.
Background Investigation.
Medical Examination including Stress Test and Drug Test.
Psychological Examination.
Physical Fitness Test.
Final Oral Interview.

How much does the Program cost?

The Total cost for the program is approximately $2,200.00 for Mercer County residents and $2,500.00 for out of county residents.

Registration fee: $60.00 (covers application processing and written test)
Medical, Stress and Psychological examinations: $607.00
Uniform and Equipment: $900.00
Tuition: $500.00 (Mercer County Residents) & $750.00 (Out-of County Residents).
Insurance (health & liability).

What does the Basic Course for Police Officers involve?

Basic training is 21 weeks in duration. There are over 100 subjects that are taught. The training includes but is not limited too: Professional Development; Criminal Justice System; Police Community Relations; Criminal Law; Legal Requirements of Arrest, Search, Seizure, Evidence, and Use of Force; Communications; Vehicle Operations; Emergency Medical Care; Weaponry and Unarmed Defense; Patrol Concepts; Traffic and Motor Vehicle Law; Criminal Investigation; Physical Fitness.
How do I apply?

All Alternate Route inquiries should be made to the Mercer County Police Academy office at 609-584-2302.


Application Procedure:

Attend the Alternate Route Program Orientation meeting. The orientation session accomplishes 2 purposes; 1) program overview and 2) allows pre-application to the program. Orientation requires no fee but you can bring a $60.00 money order or personal check (no cash) made out to the "Mercer County Police Academy" at orientation if you wish to continue in the process. You will have the next five business days to register.
Upon receipt of the $60.00 fee you will automatically be registered to take the written test which will be administered by Mercer County Police Academy. The date and time of the testing process will be established by the Academy.
After the results are tabulated, you will be advised of your score and if you are eligible to continue. A 70% score is required to continue.
You will then be given a date for the physical fitness exam and the events in which you will be tested.
If you successfully complete the written exam and the physical fitness exam you will be given a comprehensive application package.
Based on the results of the written test, fitness test and background investigation, you will be informed if you are eligible to continue and given the necessary time to complete a medical examination.
If medically cleared, you will attend a psychological exam which will be conducted by a psychiatrist and/or psychologist selected by the academy's Board of Directors.
After completion of the above listed testing, you will be informed whether you have been chosen to attend the Final Interview.
Only those successfully completing these steps will be offered an appointment into the next available Basic Course for Police Office.

What happens to graduates of the Alternate Route Program?

Graduates are given three years from the date of graduation to find a position in law enforcement without having to return to an academy for retraining.
Dr. David A. Paprota, Ed.D.
Chief of Police (Ret.)
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Re: Mercer County Alternate Route Program

Post by CCSTestPrep » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:40 pm

The Mercer County Police Academy Alternate Route Program differs from the other 11 programs in the state, as they commonly use the list for 2 years and also use a completely different type of written exam than the other alternate route programs.
The high score for Mercer County in 2016 was an 87 with only twelve candidates scoring over an 80 on the exam. I do not anticipate a very high number of candidates again this cycle as it is not posted on PoliceAPP and all interested candidates must first attend a MANDATORY orientation meeting on September 22, 2018, before even applying to take the test. This a great opportunity for interested candidates.
Dr. David A. Paprota, Ed.D.
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Re: Mercer County Alternate Route Program

Post by Wicked » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:59 pm

How much different is their test compared to chiefs exams?

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Re: Mercer County Alternate Route Program

Post by CCSTestPrep » Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:52 pm

It has the very challenging memorization portion and no trait/personality assessment. It is the exam used by West Windsor PD in the Spring of 2017 and Secaucus earlier this year. It's rarely ever used any more as it dates back over 25 years.
The first 30 questions need to be answered from a detailed sketch that you only have 10 minutes to review before it is taken away. There are terms and definitions, reading comp, maps, logical reasoning, situational judgement, logical reasoning, etc. You get a 1 point deduction for each wrong answer, so even the top scorers tend to get a lot wrong.
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Re: Mercer County Alternate Route Program

Post by Areyouthereguad » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:58 pm

There were either 62 or 68 people who sat for the exam this morning. I was surprised by this number since about twice that amount of people showed up for the orientation. Good luck to everyone that was there; it sure was a different exam than the other types that I have had administered.

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Mercer County Alternate Route Test Results 2018

Post by CCSTestPrep » Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:46 pm

The Mercer County Police Academy Alternate Route selection process remains one of the best opportunities for candidates. The results from the September 29, 2018 exam were released today and only 39 candidates scored a 70 or higher to move on in the process. Of the 39, I am aware of at least 5 candidates who are currently at the top of other active processes with both departments and alternate route programs, so they will likely drop off at some point. Different from other processes, the Mercer list is used for 2 years.
It is VERY likely that every 70+ test score Mercer candidate who passes the physical, medical, and psych will earn a slot on in the academy.
Good luck to all!
Dr. David A. Paprota, Ed.D.
Chief of Police (Ret.)
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Re: Mercer County Alternate Route Program

Post by Green2blue18 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:20 am

Does anyone know when we should be hearing something about the next step, after the physical assessment?

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