Law Enforcement Recruitment Toolkit
The Camden County Police Academy Alternate Route candidates agreed with Chief Carrara: that
competition is stiff for police officer positions. Because of this, candidates have to be willing to seek police
employment outside their county of residence. The author of this report interviewed a number of Alternate
Route candidates. What follows is a summary of several of those interviews.
He is 38 and has wanted to be a police officer since he was a child in Philadelphia, where
he saw many victims of crime and wished he could do something to intervene. He joined the U.S. Marine
Corps in 1989, fought in Desert Storm in 1991, and participated in the Iraq invasion in 2003. His entry
into the police academy was delayed when his reserve unit was activated in 2006 and he served a third tour
in Iraq. He lives in Burlington County, just north of Camden County, but is willing to accept a police job in
any of the nearby counties. He is able to support himself through the Alternate Route program with savings
from his overseas tours and support of his wife.
He is 24 and single. When he was a teenager, he saved a 2-year-old’s life and decided he
wanted a career that would allow him to help people in danger. He came to the conclusion that he wanted
to enter policing after September 11, 2001. He has an older brother who is a police officer with the Atlantic
County Prosecutor’s Office. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and lives in Atlantic County,