Minimum Qualifications


  1. An applicant must have a bachelor’s degree, signifying completion of the undergraduate curriculum and graduation from an accredited college or university.
    To meet the bachelor degree requirement, an applicant must have completed all academic, financial, and administrative obligations to be conferred a bachelor’s degree by the deadline listed above.
  2. OR

  3. An applicant must have an associate's degree or 60 college credits from an accredited college or university PLUS at least 24 months of satisfactory employment or military experience. Work experience must equate to 104 weeks of employment, including military experience, with a minimum of 20 hours of work per week. The 104 weeks are not required to be consecutive.
  4. OR

  5. An applicant must have 30 college credits from an accredited college or university PLUS at least 24 months of active duty military service with an “Honorable Discharge”.


Applicants must be at least 21 years old as of the date of the application. Applicants also must not reach their 35th birthday prior to their Academy Class graduation date.

Applicants should be aware that the Division of State Police reserves the right to modify the Academy class schedule which may result in an Academy class graduating later than originally scheduled.  In such case, some applicants may be disqualified for failing to meet the statutory age requirement.


Must be a United States citizen at the time of application.

Driver's License

Applicants must possess a current, valid driver’s license at the time of application.

Should you desire further information, contact the Division of State Police Selection Process Unit at
609-882-2000, extension 2816, 2817 or 2825
. Visit our web site at New Jersey residency is required upon graduation from the Academy.


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