Academy History

The Essex County Police Academy has a legacy of preparing generations of law enforcement and public safety officers to serve and protect our communities with fairness and dignity.

In 2019, we reacquired the facility from Essex County College because it was too valuable a resource to lose. We then invested over $1 million to modernize and update the Academy so cadets could receive their training and public service education in a state-of-the-art environment. We reopened the Academy as a model of sharing services between government agencies, partnering with our local police departments to get the most experienced and knowledgeable teachers and trainers on our staff.

It takes a special kind of person to become a police officer or corrections officer. Every day that you go to work, you will never know what you will encounter and in what emergency you will find yourself. Law enforcement officers are our first responders, protectors and peacekeepers. In difficult times, you will be the ones running toward danger instead of away from it.

We hope the skills, training and knowledge you received during your time at the Academy help and guide you while serving your community.

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
Essex County Executive


Mission Statement

The Essex County Police Academy is a law enforcement training facility that operates under the direction of the County Executive and the support of the Essex County Board of Commissioners. Guided by the New Jersey Police Training Commission, the Academy exists to serve the law enforcement agencies in the County of Essex, as well as local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the State of New Jersey. The Academy Provides the most up to date, diverse and cutting-edge instruction to recruits and law enforcement veterans. We are committed to reinforcing, in our instruction, that all individuals must be treated with respect, fairness and sensitivity; and that Constitutional guarantees must always be protected.

Our goal is to enhance the capabilities, dedication, professionalism and work ethic of all recruits and veteran law enforcement officers. We hold ourselves and our trainees to the highest standards of performance and integrity and we pledge that through our effort, we will establish a new standard of excellence in law enforcement and service to the community. May we always be guided by our “Commitment to Excellence”.

In a society where mediocrity is too often the standard, and often rewarded, there is intense fascination with persons who detest mediocrity,
who refuse to be bound by its limitations and who seek to transcend traditionally recognized human capabilities.
We seek the person who will find a way to complete each and every task to the best of their ability and
will adapt and overcome any and all obstacles.
This is exactly the type of recruit that the Essex County Police Academy demands and
anything less will not be accepted or tolerated.

~Academy Creed

Chain of Command

Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr.
Essex County Executive

Philip B. Alagia
Essex County Chief of Staff

Director Anthony S. Perillo
Deputy Chief (Ret.)
Newark Police Department

Associate Director Debbie Teixeira
Newark Police Department

Commanding Officer Eric Ingold
Lieutenant (Ret.)
Newark Police Department

Detective Lieutenant John Sherwood
Range Master
Essex County Sheriff’s Office

Detective Sergeant Leonard Turley
Senior Training Advisor
Irvington Police Department

Sergeant Edward Bertone
Training Advisor
Essex County Department of Corrections

Officer Andrew Depczek
First Responder Coordinator
Belleville Police Department

Officer (Ret.) Leonard Mayer
Training Advisor
Union County Department of Corrections

Sergeant Nicholas Mauriello
Training Advisor
Bloomfield Police Department

Detective Emily Santiago
Training Advisor
Newark Police Division

Officer Odilio Say
Training Advisor
Essex County Sheriff’s Office

Officer Janera Galarza
Administrative Office Manager
Irvington Police Department