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To become an Essex County Sheriff’s Officer, candidates must complete in an examination offered by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission. Upon completion of the examination, the Civil Service Commission will rank all candidates by score on an Eligibility List. Military veterans are automatically placed at the top of the list.

If you are interested in taking this examination, please direct all inquires to:

New Jersey Civil Service Commission
P.O. Box 310
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

Additional information about the Civil Service Commission examination process may be accessed via www.state.nj.us/csc.html or via telephone at 609-292-4144.

At times, the Essex County  Police Academy offers an Alternate Route Program wherein individual candidates absorb the cost of police academy training with the hope of gaining employment by a non-Civil Service law enforcement agency. For information about the ECC Police Academy and the Alternate Route Program access their website at https://essexcountypoliceacademy.org/ or via telephone at

The Essex County Police Academy announces our next written exam for the Alternate Route Program. Registration is now open at www.policeapp.com. The test date is Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Academy. Further details and registration is available at www.policeapp.com. Seating is limited to the first 450 applications.


Recruits entering the academy are expected to meet minimum requirements for calisthenics and strength exercises. These minimum requirements are:

Vertical Jump – 15 inches
Sit-ups – 28 repetitions (1 minute)
Push-ups – 24 repetitions (1 minute)
300 Meter Run – 70.1 seconds
1.5 Mile Run – 15 minutes, 55 seconds

If the recruit fails to meet these minimum requirements for the initial physical assessment, the recruit will receive remedial training consisting of an additional 9 physical training sessions and the recruit will be retested. If the recruit fails to meet these minimum requirements after receiving the additional remedial training, the recruit will be dismissed from the academy for failure to meet the minimum requirements of the physical training standards of the academy.

Full participation during the calisthenics/strength portion the trainee must perform 50% of a combination of all the calisthenics/strength exercises during the designated PT session for the day. Trainees will be required to perform the exercises during the time period when all other recruits are performing the exercises and to keep up with the cadence of the class. Trainees will not be allotted more time to do exercises if they do not keep up with the cadence because of fatigue or if they take breaks.