Dr. Jeff Bernstein is the President of Bernstein & Associates, Inc. He is a consulting psychologist who has experience as a police officer and sergeant. He earned a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management and is a licensed Doctor of Psychology. He is also a Certified Assessor and Assessor Trainer. Dr. Bernstein's post-doctoral studies are in the field of Civil Service exams and test preparation. He is a published author of the best selling book, "Supervision of Police Personnel." He is also a published author of a number of articles and test preparation study guides. Dr. Bernstein is a member of the American Psychological Association, and is considered the top expert in police promotional and entry level testing. His vast experience in the area of test preparation and development has earned him a reputation as one of the leading trainers in the law enforcement field. Throughout the country, he has prepared thousands of police candidates for exams. Dr. Bernstein has represented PBA and FOP lodges throughout the country on Public Safety Test Preparation and is a member of both unions. He has advised both unions on the development of New Jersey's new police promotional exams as well as Chicago, Miami, and New Orleans. During his tenure as a police officer, Dr. Bernstein received 20 commendations, was selected twice as the Most Outstanding Officer of the Month and received the Medal of Valor. His students have obtained the highest scores in the State on the new promotional exams.
Our program faculty are very knowledgeable and respected in their fields. The Bernstein Test Prep faculty and advisory board consists of professionals who combine practical public safety skills with many years of training experience, and have the academic background necessary to effectively train officers for the promotional process. Bernstein Test Prep is proud of their role as a leader and innovator in the field. The faculty brings with them strategies and methods which have proven to be highly effective in public safety test preparation.
Capt. Mike Bartuccio
Capt. Mike Bartuccio is a Senior Associate with Bernstein & Associates, Inc. He has a BA in Criminal Justice and has served since 1975 with the Winslow Township Police Department where he has served in every area of law enforcement including patrol, detective bureau, internal affairs, etc. He is a Certified Assessor and a State Certified Instructor in numerous areas of law enforcement. Capt. Bartuccio earned the highest score in the State on his Captain's exam. Capt. Bartuccio has received a considerable number of awards and commendations during his police career. His teaching areas have included 2C, Case law, Book reviews, In-Basket management, and Situational management. He is considered one of the top test preparation instructors in the country.
Capt. Robert L. Talalai
With over thirty years experience in Law Enforcement and more than 13 years dedication as an Instructor for Bernstein & Associates, Capt. Talalai has an extensive amount of knowledge and understanding of Police Operations, Supervision, Management and Administration. He served as the Uniform Division Commander and Training Officer for the Carteret Police Department and his background includes Uniformed Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Major Case Management, Hostage Recovery, Narcotics K-9, Crime Prevention and Community Relations. During his tenure, Capt. Talalai received numerous commendations including the "Community Service Award" and was twice selected "Officer of the Year." As a former Bernstein student, Capt. Talalai placed number one on his Lieutenants and Captains exams. He is Method of Instruction certified and his teaching areas have encompassed all phases of the New Jersey Police and Chicago Police Promotional Level exam programs, Public Safety Entry level programs and include the NJ State and NJ County Corrections Promotional programs. He also maintains a skilled understanding of Assessment Test Preparation and Law Enforcement Job Interview preparation. Capt. Talalai is considered one of the top instructors in the test preparation field as his presentations are thorough, dynamic and informative.
Lt. Herb Williams
Herb Williams is a retired police lieutenant with the Woodbridge Twp. Police Dept., where he was a police officer for 23 years. He worked as a Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Assistant Commander of the Patrol Division, and the police department’s accreditation officer. When he tested for lieutenant, as a Bernstein student, Herb earned one of the highest scores in the state. He has been an adjunct instructor for Bernstein & Associates since 1997. His teaching areas have included Management & Supervision, and the promotional exam legal review. Herb is also an adjunct instructor for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice & the International Association of Crime Analysis. He has trained police officers from all over the country as well as overseas. He is presently a graduate student of Public Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Herb likes to tell his classes that he is a Bernstein student because “2nd place is the first to lose.”
Atty. Stephen Wenger
Stephen Wenger worked with the Burlington Township Police Department from 1988 to 2011. He has held a variety of positions including assignments in the Street Crimes Unit and the Detective Bureau. He also worked as a sergeant in the patrol division. Stephen was a Master-at-Arms First Class in the Naval Reserve and last served as the assistant training petty officer. He developed a course of instruction for the naval security officers that was accepted for post credit in the State of Florida. Stephen has a BA in criminal justice, a Masters in Education - Administration and Supervision and a Juris Doctor. Stephen is a practicing attorney in the State of New Jersey. He does extensive legal work in the area of veterans law. His primary area of instruction is the New Jersey Attorney General Guidelines, Criminal Code 2C and Constitutional Criminal Procedure. He currently serves as an assistant county prosecutor.
Lt. Frank Bialecki
Lt. Bialecki has served with the Voorhees Township Police Department since 1984. He retired in 2010. He has worked as a police officer, sergeant and lieutenant. He previously directed the Criminal Investigation Unit of his department and has served as a training officer in United States Navy. Lt. Bialecki has scored number 1 in his lieutenant and captains exam and is a Bernstein student. Lt. Bialecki attended the West Point staff and command school, and has been awarded the Bernard Gallagher teaching excellence award. Additionally, he is an MOI Certified Instructor. On his captain's exam, Lt. Bialecki received the highest score in the state.
Deputy Chief Vince Quatrone
Deputy Chief Quatrone has worked in the law enforcement since 1990 and is currently the IAD Commander of the Lodi Police Department. He has experience in both patrol and criminal investigations. Deputy Chief Quatrone has a master’s degree in Education from Seton Hall University and a BA in Criminal Justice from Stockton College. Additionally, Deputy Chief Quatrone has worked as a special agent for the United States Secret Service. He has served as an instructor in Bergen County Police Academy since 1995 and has been an adjunct instructor at the Passaic County Community College since 1999. His area of teaching includes Title 2C and Police Administration. Deputy Chief Quatrone is an MOI Certified Instructor. On his Police Chief's exam, he had the highest score in the state.
Lt. Robert Brightman
Robert Brightman has worked for the Freehold Township Police Department since 1990 and was promoted to Sergeant in the patrol division in 1996. Robert supervised the Community Policing Unit and the Traffic Unit during which time he earned two accreditations in Traffic Engineering from Rutgers University and the Master Traffic Analyst accreditation from Northwest Traffic Institute. Robert was promoted to Lieutenant in 2001. Robert prepared for both promotional opportunities with Bernstein Prep. As a Lieutenant, Robert took command of the Communications & Records Division, has served as the Media/Public Information Officer and the agency grant writer. Robert is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) and has earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Masters of Administrative Sciences (MAS) from Fairleigh Dickenson University.
Director Andrew Ely
Andy Ely brings over 30 years of law enforcement experience to Bernstein & Associates, with sworn positions in municipal, county, state, and federal agencies and assignment in patrol, motorcycles, field training, inspectional services, chief of staff, and municipal police director. Andy is a certified NJ Police and Emergency Vehicle Operation Instructor and has served as an instructor at the Essex County Police Academy since 2004. He developed the Field Training Program and authored the Patrol Guide for the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and was that department’s Officer of the Year for 2003. A 28 year member of the US Coast Guard Reserve, he is a Chief Petty Officer and was twice involuntarily recalled to active duty. Serving in the Coast Guard’s Tactical Operations unit, he is a certified tactical operator and, as Chief of Training and Development, oversaw the training and re-certification of more than 75 federal law enforcement officers. Andy has been involved in the planning and response to numerous National Security Events, notable being Presidential visits and United Nations General Assemblies. Has received numerous police awards and commendations including Life Saving, two Exceptional Police Duty awards, the NJ Honor Legion for bravery, forty-three military decorations, and New Jersey’s Outstanding Military Reservist for 2004. His bachelor’s degree is from Seton Hall and he is currently completing a Master’s of Science in Management. He also holds certifications in various professional areas including Homeland Security. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, among them the National Association of Field Training Officers, the Airborne Law Enforcement Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police for whom he also consults. He is also an active consultant for the US Department of Justice.
Chief Robert Dowd
Chief Robert Dowd has served with the North Bergen Police Department for 20 years. He is currently the commanding officer of the 120 member department. Chief Dowd is a former Bernstein student having scored # 1 on his Chief, Captain, and Lieutenant exams. In 2013, he earned the top score in the State of New Jersey on the Police Chief’s Exam. Chief Dowd holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and also a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Chief Dowd is a police training commission certified police academy instructor. He has also been qualified as a subject matter expert where he has been called upon to help formulate test questions for promotional exams. During his tenure as a police officer Chief Dowd has earned numerous commendations. Today, he is the Vice President of the Hudson County Police Chief’s Association, as well as a member in good standing of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Chief Dowd provides instruction for Bernstein and Associates in all areas of study.
Bernstein & Associates Inc. was founded in 1985 by Dr. Jeff Bernstein on two important principles, QUALITY and CREDIBILITY. For the past 29 years we have been the leader in public safety test preparation. We provide individuals and law enforcement / public safety personnel with professional assistance in preparing for entrance-level positions and promotional exams. Dr. Bernstein and his highly qualified associates have helped more than 100,000 men and women get hired as police, sheriff, corrections, and fire. Year after year, Bernstein students have consistently scored 1st on the list for entry and each rank thereafter. Each of our training programs is customized to the specific test of the individual and officer. Our students are provided with the opportunity to review concepts, techniques, and skills relevant to the entry level and promotional process. Additionally, all Bernstein Test Prep training programs have been designed to prepare officers to do their jobs more effectively. We are proud of our role as a leader and innovator in the field. The services and results we provide are unparalleled and are second to none.
Mission and values
Bernstein Test Prep ensures their students obtain the highest possible test scores and achieve their career goals. Our core values define our company culture and provide the framework for what we deliver to our students each day.
We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards in everything we do.
We offer expert resources to help you achieve your goal: a career or promotion in law enforcement.
We give you the tools you need to succeed.
We're dedicated to helping you achieve your goals – we succeed when you succeed.