The Police Training Act empowers the Police Training Commission (PTC) to exempt from training, or portions thereof, an individual who has successfully completed a police training course, either in this state or another state, including federal service, that is substantially equivalent to the New Jersey Basic Course for Police Officers.
Individual Successfully Completed Basic Course for Police Officers.
An exemption, or waiver of training, may be requested for an individual who has previously completed the New Jersey PTC Basic Course for Police Officers, has terminated employment with a law enforcement agency, and (1) is appointed to a similar law enforcement position in an agency different from the original agency, or (2) is reemployed by the original agency in a position similar to the one previously held.
The Police Training Commission has determined that an individual who previously completed the Basic Course for Police Officers, and had a break in police service of three years or less, is required only to complete agency training, as detailed in the Agency Training Responsibility Manual, and to requalify with his or her service weapon in accordance with applicable Attorney General guidelines. The employer, however, has the authority to direct that an individual attend the complete Basic Course for Police Officers, or portions thereof, at a PTC approved school. It is not necessary for the employer to request a waiver of training, or to notify the PTC that agency training and firearms requalification have occurred. It is not necessary for the employer to notify the PTC that an individual has been directed by the employer to attend all or any part of a Basic Course for Police Officers. It is the responsibility of the employer to submit a Notice of New Appointment (NONA) form for all new police officers.
NOTE: An individual with a break in service of more than three years must undergo Agency Training and be completely retrained in the New Jersey PTC Basic Course for Police Officers.
Individual Successfully Completed Police Officer Training in Another State, or was Trained for Federal Service.
A request for a waiver of training may be submitted by the chief of police or other official in charge of the law enforcement agency for an individual who was trained as a police officer at a police academy or training facility outside of the State of New Jersey. The request must be submitted on form PTC-15, with official documentation (transcript, training schedule, description of course performance objectives) from the academy or training facility where the individual was trained. (Click Here for PTC-15 Form –see below for directions–Police Training Commission–Request for Waiver of Training–Revised 03-2019).
Individual Successfully Completed the Basic Course for Special Law Enforcement Officers Class Two (SLEOII)
On February 4, 2002, the Police Training Commission directed that effective July 1, 2002, a waiver of training from the Basic Course for Police Officers for an individual trained as Special Law Enforcement Officer Class II (SLEOII) could be applied for by the chief of police or other official in charge of the law enforcement agency, provided that the individual successfully completed a Basic Course for Special Law Enforcement Officers Class II, and was appointed as a regular police officer within three years from the date of graduation from the SLEOII basic class. If the individual is not appointed within three years from the last day of class until the date of appointment, the individual must be completely retrained in the Basic Course for Police Officers.
The chief of police or other appropriate official in charge of the agency may request a waiver of training from the Basic Course for Police Officers by using form PTC-15, Police Training Commission Request for Waiver of Training. (Click Here for Form PTC-15–see below for directions–Revised 03/2019.)
Directions for using fillable PDF files:
- When you select the form you want, Adobe Acrobat Reader will automatically start. (To install reader Click link below.)
- Acrobat Reader will open the forms.
- Save the forms to your hard drive as PDF files.
- Complete the forms (in Adobe Reader) by filling in the blanks (click in the first area to type, and your cursor will insert there).
You will not be able to re-save the form with any typing you have added, however you will be able to print the form from there when complete.
Print the forms, sign where indicated, and attach to required documentation. Forward the form and certification of appointment to the PTC.Please insert the name of the police academy in which the waiver student will be enrolled. Be sure to contact the academy to reserve a seat in the class.
Please Note: You cannot return the completed forms via the Internet.
Send the completed form, with certification of the effective date of appointment from the appointing authority (resolution by governing body, letter from mayor, administrator, etc.) to:
Police Training Commission
Division of Criminal Justice
25 Market Street, PO Box 085
Trenton, NJ 08625-0085
A request for a waiver of training can only be submitted by a chief of police, or other official in charge of a law enforcement agency. The PTC will not accept a request for a waiver of training from an individual officer or potential officer.
Please allow 30 days after the receipt of all documentation for the PTC to process a request for a waiver of training.