ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth Police Department’s newly sworn in recruits began classes Friday at the John H. Stamler Police Academy.

Before the recruits were admitted they were all tested for COVID-19, and will be retested while they are attending the academy. Due to the pandemic all in-service classes for current law enforcement officers at the academy had to be suspended until September 1.

Training for the recruits is grouped into five categories: Administration of Justice, Human Behavior, Patrol, Physical Skills, Investigations and Highway Safety and Electives.

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Stamler Academy trains law enforcement officers for municipal, county and state agencies, giving preference to Union County municipalities.

The Elizabeth Police Department expects their recruits to become officers by December.

“Public safety is one of our biggest priorities in Elizabeth and additional law enforcement means increased services and patrols throughout our communities. This is what our residents expect from government and it is what we are delivering.”  Mayor Bollwage told recruits at their swearing in ceremony Thursday.