Q. How do
I get a duplicate copy of my Police Training Commission certificate?
Answer: Requests for duplicate Police
Training Commission certificates should be submitted in writing
Police Training Commission
Division of Criminal Justice
25 Market Street, P O Box 085
Trenton NJ 08625
and should include the individual's full name
at the time of training, Social Security Number, date of birth,
name of academy attended, dates of attendance, and a phone number
in case we need to verify any information. In addition, please
provide a mailing address where the duplicate certificate will
Q. What is my PTC number?
If you were issued a PTC certificate after
July 1992, you DO NOT have a PTC number. Previously, a
PTC certificate would have a number in the upper right hand corner
(ie) 82-163--this meant that this individual was issued the 163rd
PTC certificate in 1982.
Q. Police Training Commission's Instructor
Questions can generally be answered by reviewing
the Police Training Commission Rules N.J.A.C.
13:1-4 et seq. For additional information please contact:
609-376-2800 or fax your request to 609-984-4473.
Q. If a police officer returns to active
duty from a leave of absence, disability retirement or disciplinary
suspension, does he or she need to be retrained?
To determine the training
obligations of a police officer returning to active duty, one
must examine the reason for the officer's interruption in service.
A police officer who resigns or is terminated from employment
following disciplinary action no longer possesses an appointment
as a police officer.
Thus, the officer cannot return to active duty without a new appointment
as a police officer. In contrast, a police officer who has not
been assigned to active duty due to a disability retirement, a
leave of absence or a disciplinary suspension does not surrender
his or her right to employment. See, In re Allen, 262 N.J.Super.
438 (App. Div. 1993); In re Terebetski, 338 N.J.Super. 564 (App.
Div. 2001). Under these circumstances, the officer retains his
or her initial appointment as a police officer. Thus, he or she
can return to active duty without a new appointment.
Under both state statute and case law, municipal police departments
have a duty to train police officers. The statutory duty arises
under the Police Training Act which requires newly appointed police
officers to successfully complete a basic training course approved
by the Police Training Commission as a condition of permanent
appointment. Therefore, individuals who have resigned or who have
been terminated from employment for disciplinary reasons and who
obtain a new appointment as a police officer must satisfy the
statutory training requirements imposed by the Police Training
Act. More specifically, these individuals must complete the basic
course for police officers or seek a waiver for training previously
In contrast, individuals who return to active duty following a
disability retirement, a leave of absence or a suspension from
service do not require a new appointment and thus, are not subject
to the training requirements imposed by the Police Training Act.
However, the absence of a statutory training requirement does
not excuse police agencies from the responsibility of ensuring
that these individuals are adequately trained to perform the duties
to which they have been assigned. McAndrew v. Mularchuk, 33 N.J.
172, 184 (1960). Therefore, police agencies should review the
training records of police officers who are returning to duty
under the circumstances outlined above to determine whether they
are adequately trained to undertake their current assignment.
Consideration should be given to each officer's previous training,
the length of his or her interruption in service and the extent
to which the officer's duties have changed since his or her interruption
in service. Officers with a comparatively short interruption in
service may require minimal re-training while an officer returning
from a more substantial interruption in service may require extensive
re-training. See, Canavera v. Township of Edison, 271 N.J.Super.
125 (App. Div. 1994). In either event, the decision to require
re-training and the amount of re-training that must be completed
before an individual may resume active service is a decision that
should be made by the employing agency on a case-by-case basis.