The Avalon Police Department employs special police officers to assist with public safety duties during the summer months due to the influx of residents and tourists.  There are two types of special officers:  Class 1 and Class 2.

All applicants must be:

  1. (18) years of age
  2. U.S. citizen
  3. Possess a valid Driver’s License.
  4. High school diploma or equivalency certificate

Special Class 1 Police Officer  

A Class 1 Police officer is required to complete a Police Training Commission approved Class 1 Police Academy Class.  There are two avenues to achieve this certification.  The first is for students that attend the Cape May County Technical School.  Students will achieve the required PTC certification upon completion of the course.  The second,  prospective hires will attend the Cape May County Police Academy and attend a  two week long course beginning in May. All recruits will be trained in handcuffing, defensive tactics, motor vehicle law, OC spray etc.  The Avalon Police Department utilizes these officers for parking enforcement, ordinance enforcement, traffic control, and crowd control. Some may be assigned to the Marine unit.

CLASS 1 Officers:

  1. Must complete two week Police Academy (unless already certified)
  2. Will be trained in Use of force / Defensive Tactics / handcuffing / Arrests / Ethics /Traffic
  3. Starting at $14.00 per hour after training
  4. Will conduct vehicle and foot patrol
  5. Enforce Traffic Law and Borough ordinances

Special Class 2 Police Officer

A Class 2 Police Officer is required to complete a Police Training Commission approved Class 2 Police Academy.  There are two Academy classes in Cape May County.  The winter academy class is a part time academy class.  Class is held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights, from 3:00 pm through 10:00 pm., and every Saturday from 7:00 am through 7:00 pm from the beginning of December through the end of April.  The spring academy is held Monday through Saturday from 7:00 am through 5:00 pm, May through June.

The Class 2 Police Academy recruits will be trained in physical fitness, criminal law, patrol concepts, firearms, vehicle operations, defensive tactics, handcuffing, OC spray, arrest search and seizure to name a few.  They have similar powers to that of a full-time police officers.  The Avalon Police Department utilizes Class 2 officers in many ways ranging from the Marine Unit, Patrol Division, and Bike Patrol.

Class 2 Officers:

  1. Must complete an eight week Police Academy
  2. In addition to class 1 training, recruits will be trained in firearms / criminal Law / vehicle operations / patrol concepts / physical fitness /bike patrol
  3. Starting at $14.00 per hour after training
  4. Will conduct vehicle, bike, foot patrol
  5. Enforce criminal Laws, traffic laws, and Borough ordinances

To apply, download the application from the application tab. Fill it out on your computer and return to the Avalon Police Department, 3000 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202

Avalon Police Department Application