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J Harris Training

Deputy Chief James Harris

The J. Harris Academy of Police Training is a company that prides itself on providing the personal touch candidates desire to produce extraordinary results. Our mission is to provide students with the tools necessary to succeed in scoring high on their promotional examinations while also preparing them to take on the supervisory role in their new position. Our company offers better results at lower prices and produces well-qualified candidates that are ready to lead our organizations.

The program is led by Jim Harris. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Monmouth University. In addition, he is a Rutgers University Certified Public Manager and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He currently is the Deputy Chief of the Toms River Police Department and has served with the agency since 1994. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to take part in a variety of different assignments including patrol, traffic safety, professional standards, undercover narcotics, and more. As a supervisor and manager, he was tasked with the supervision of these units and rose to the command level within his organization.
For several years, Jim Harris has traveled around the country presenting promotional programs that prepare officers for written examinations, in-basket exercises, oral board assessments, analysis presentations and more. Although the program is based in New Jersey, services are available nationwide.


Captain Allen Bloodgood

A Captain with the Woodbridge Township Police Department. Prior to joining the Woodbridge Township Police Department in 1994, he served in the United States Air Force during Operation Desert Storm. He is a graduate of New Jersey City University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and he holds a Master’s degree from Seton Hall University.

Allen is currently the Division Commander of the Radio Patrol Division and a former Team Commander for the Special Operations Team. His duties include overseeing the daily operations of the Radio Patrol Division.

Allen has established himself as a versatile instructor. Early in his career he was primarily a Defensive Tactics Instructor who taught a variety of classes such as; Tactical Handcuffing, Weapon Retention, Ground Fighting, Edge Weapon Defense, Confronting Multiple Assailants, Monadnock Baton and MDTS Instructors Courses. His defensive tactics training eventually evolved into firearms training. He attended both Firearms Instructor School as well as Assault Rifle Instructor School.

However, Allen’s true passion and area of expertise is in the area of legal issues. Allen has been invited to academies throughout the state to teach Arrest, Search and Seizure, Use of Force, Vehicle Pursuit, Domestic Violence, Civil Liability in Law Enforcement and Critical Incident Management. He has also been hired by numerous law enforcement agencies to conduct in-service training on a variety of topics.

Allen is our primary instructor in the areas of Arrest, Search and Seizure, Title 2C, Title 2A, Court Rules and other legal issues. Allen possesses the ability to break down complex legal issues and present them in an easy to understand format that enables our students to perform well on their promotional exams.

Lieutenant Phil Rizzo

Phil is a Lieutenant with the Franklin Township Police Department. Over his 23 years in law enforcement he has served in many aspects of the agency including patrol, communications, community affairs and administration. He is currently the Patrol Division’s Dayshift Commander as well as the Public Information Officer and the Deputy Coordinator of Emergency Management. Phil holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed their Executive Leadership Program.

As a PTC Certified instructor for nearly 20 years he has taught recruit and in-service classes in such topics as first aid, Haz-Mat, alcoholic beverage control, the Open Public Records Act, media relations, and all levels of Incident Command. Phil is our primary instructor in the Attorney General Guidelines and assists in management concepts and interview preparation.

Sergeant Dave McElwain

Dave is a Sergeant with the Ocean County Department of Corrections.  He has 13 years of experience in corrections which includes supervising general population housing units(male and female), medical units including mental health, assessment units and Administrative Segregation.  He has 23 years of service with the National Guard which includes deployments as Military Police and corrections roles in detainee operations.  He has an Associates Degree in engineering for his career prior to corrections and has attended multiple leadership courses in the military escalating him to the rank of Sergeant First Class.

Dave is the lead on the corrections courses currently being offered  He is utilizing his correctional experience and knowledge of Title 10A to tailor the J. Harris Academy of Police Training concepts towards corrections.

Chief Steven Henry