Pre-Police Academy

The William Paterson University of New Jersey Police Department is happy to announce our recently developed Pre-Police Academy Program for WPU students. This program, through a variety of activities, will educate and inform the participants about the challenges and adversities police officers encounter daily while on patrol.  

In addition, as part of this this program, which will be conducted in a police academy format, will introduce the value of physical training, advantages of defensive tactics and the importance of knowing your rights. The Pre-Police Academy will culminate in a graduation ceremony at the UC Ballroom C, time is still TBD.

During this program, members of other law enforcement agencies will join us in making presentations. Those agencies include: William Paterson University Police Department, Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, Wayne Police Department, Montclair State University Police K9 Unit, Haledon Police Department, North Haledon Police Department and New Jersey State Police.

We anticipate the interaction between student participants and members of the aforementioned law enforcement agencies during the program will have a positive effect on all involved.  As police officers, we look forward to hosting this program and sharing our knowledge with the all participants.  

All applicants must be William Paterson University students, who have either a junior, or senior status, and must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA). Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis. The first 30 approved applicants will determine who participates in this year’s Pre-Police Academy class. Any further approved applicants received after the first 30 will be placed on a waiting list for participation of future Pre-Police Academy classes. 


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