COLLINGSWOOD On the way to becoming a full-fledged police officer, applicants in Camden County must first pass a background check, credit check, and the civil service exam, among other obstacles.

On Wednesday, the Camden County Board of Freeholders will explain the entire law enforcement application process, start to finish, at its Law Enforcement Diversity Recruitment Expo. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom, 315 White Horse Pike, and is geared toward minority residents of the county.

The expo has been organized by the Camden County Police Department, the New Jersey Police Community Affairs Officers Association, the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the National Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Coalition of Latino Officers, and the National Asian Peace Officers Association.

Camden County spokesman Dan Keashen said the expo was organized to provide a "road map" for those trying to find out how to become a police officer.

"You could graduate college with a criminal justice degree and still not know all the steps that you'd need to take," Keashen said.

To register, contact Sarah Schulz at or 856-225-5451.

- Jerry Iannelli