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  1. What is the first step to apply for the position of Police Officer?
  2. How do I apply for the position of Police Officer?
  3. After I take the written test what happens next?
  4. After I am placed and ranked on the Police Officer list of candidates what should I do next?
  5. What should I expect to happen at the initial interview?
  6. If I am hired what happens next?
  7. What are the Civil Service Veterans Preference Requirements?
  8. When will I get the test results for the Police entrance examination?
  9. If I receive A "Notification of Certification" from the Department of Personnel what does this mean?
  10. Do I have have to possess a valid New Jersey drivers license?
  11. What happens if I make a false statement on the Department of Personnel application form?
  12. Does the Department of Personnel have a website on the internet that I can retrive more information?
  13. What is the maximum hiring age for Municipal Police Officer in East Orange?
  14. What is the address, mailing address and telephone number for the New Jersey Department of Personnel?
  15. How do permanent employees participate in the Intergovernmental Transfer Program (Lateral Transfer)?
  16. Can Intergovernmental Transfers be promotional (example: from present position of sergeant to sergeant)?
  17. What are some of the conditions of a lateral transfer candidates should think about?
  18. What is the role of the New Jersey Department of Personnel?
  19. What are some of the requirements as far as education. High school diploma or college degree?
  20. What age do you need to be to apply for the position of Police Officer?
  21. Can I apply online for the position of Police Officer or do I have to go to East Orange Police Department to retrieve an application?
  22. Do you have to be a citizen of the United States to be a police officer or civilian aid. What about if you have permanent residence status?
  23. Do you have to be citizen of the United States in New Jersey to be a police officer? And do you need High School degree or GED equivalent to be concerded for employment?
  24. Where can I get the Police Officer Application and if there is one available online?
  25. Does East Orange have a residency requirement to be certified for Police Officer?
  26. How much is the starting salary for Police Officer?
  27. Im inquiring information on when are the applications for EO police department going to be available.
  28. Is the starting salary more if you have a college education?



  1. What is the first step to apply for the position of Police Officer?
    Either contact the East Orange Police Department at 973-266-5053 or contact the New Jersey Department of Personnel (D.O.P.) in Trenton.
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  2. How do I apply for the position of Police Officer?
    First you must complete and fill out an application form and mail it to the New Jersey Department of Personnel. The DOP will notify you where and when the next written examination will be held.
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  3. After I take the written test what happens next?
    If you pass the written test the N.J. Department of Personnel will notify you of your written test results (score) and rank you according to a specific criteria...... residents, non-residents, veteran status, no-veteran status etc.
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  4. After I am placed and ranked on the Police Officer list of candidates what should I do next?
    Nothing...As the need arises for the hiring of Police Officers the East Orange Police will contact you for an interview.
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  5. What should I expect to happen at the initial interview?
    You will be photographed, fingerprinted and asked to leave a sample of your urine for chemical investigation (drug testing). Your background information will be checked to verify your history. If you pass the above criteria you will be notified of the next step.
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  6. If I am hired what happens next?
    You will be sent to a Police Academy in New Jersey where you will undergo six months of basic police training. You must pass and complete this training for you to be hired as a sworn police officer for the City of East Orange.
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  7. What are the Civil Service Veterans Preference Requirements?
    Chapter 127 of Public Law 2000 provides that the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs shall determine the status of veterans in certain cases, including civil service veterans preference. The law was effective on March 1, 2001 and transferred this responsibility from the Department of Personnel to the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs. DOP no longer handles civil service veterans preference claims. Under this law, the Adjutant General of the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs has the responsibility for determining whether an individual meets the criteria to be considered a "veteran" or "disabled veteran" for the purpose of receiving civil service preference. The Adjutant General is also responsible for all appeals of the above determinations. The law requires the Adjutant General promptly to notify the Department of Personnel of these determinations. They are binding on the Department of Personnel. Note: A claim for veterans preference can only be honored with the provision of your social security number.To see which military conflicts qualify a candidate for civil service veterans preference, click here http://www.state.nj.us/military/veterans/preference.html. To obtain a Civil Service Veterans Preference claim form, click here http://www.state.nj.us/military/veterans/njdmava_form_05A-1.pdf (PDF 219K). For additional information, please contact the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs by telephone at (800) 624-0508 or visit its web page at http://www.state.nj.us/military/index.html.
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  8. When will I get the test results for the Police entrance examination?
    Your test results will be mailed to the last address you provided for your application (please refer to Change of Address for instructions on updating your records). Although we strive to generate test results within six weeks from date of examination, availability of test results may take longer depending on the type of examination. Also, if the selection process entails the use of multiple examination components, notification of test results is delayed until all test parts are scheduled, administered, and scored. Law Enforcement Examination (LEE) candidates are advised at the test center, as to when they should expect to receive their test results. A "Notification of Eligibility" means that you passed a test; it does not mean that you have been certified to the position or that you will be hired.
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  9. If I receive A "Notification of Certification" from the Department of Personnel what does this mean?
    A "Notification of Certification" means that your name has been provided to a hiring agency and you may have an opportunity to be considered for a specific job if you follow the instructions printed on the notice. Although you may have successfully moved through the application and examination process, you may not necessarily be certified or offered a job right away. Several factors impact on when you might be contacted by the hiring agency about a job offer; for example, your rank on the list, the number of existing vacancies to be filled, and the existence of any previous lists. Additionally, some vacancy postings are issued in anticipation of vacancies rather than in reaction to them. As a result, the time between receiving your test results and receiving a Notification of Certification can vary from almost immediately to several months to one year or more. Once you receive your Notification of Certification, you must follow the directions printed on both sides of the form to remain under consideration for employment.
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  10. Do I have have to possess a valid New Jersey drivers license?
    Yes, appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position. For some positions, appointees will be required to possess a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and applicable endorsements for the class and type of vehicle being operated. NOTE: The responsibility for ensuring that employees possess the required motor vehicle license, commensurate with the class and type of vehicles they operate on the job, rests with the East Orange Police Department.
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  11. What happens if I make a false statement on the Department of Personnel application form?
    In accord with NJAC 4A:4-6.1 and -6.2, any false statement of any material fact (including educational and employment record) or any deception or fraud in any part of the selection or appointment process will be grounds for disqualification and possible legal action.
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  12. Does the Department of Personnel have a website on the internet that I can retrive more information?
    Yes, the address is....... http://www.state.nj.us/personnel/ Law Enforcement Career Information
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  13. What is the maximum hiring age for Municipal Police Officer in East Orange?
    Candidates over age 35 as of the closing date of the examination are not eligible for appointment to Municipal Police Officer positions, with certain exceptions. A candidate is considered to be over 35 on the candidate's 35th birthday. Candidates may be able to reduce their age based on certain military and law enforcement service. Candidates who pass the examination are eligible for appointment for the life of the eligible list, even if they turn 35 years old while on an active list. MILITARY SERVICE Prior military service during the periods and under the conditions specified in the Civil Service Act related to veteran's preference may be deducted from actual age as of the closing date of the examination. Military service that does not begin within the periods and under the conditions specified cannot be deducted from actual age. LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICE Prior law enforcement service as a Municipal Police Officer, State Trooper, Sheriff's Officer, Deputy Sheriff, County Police Officer, Amtrak Police Officer, SEPTA Police Officer, New Jersey Transit Police Officer, Delaware River Port Authority Police Officer, Burlington County Bridge Commission Police Officer and Camden County Park Police Officer may be deducted from actual age.* To qualify for this provision, separation from prior service must have been for reasons other than removal for cause on charges of misconduct or delinquency.
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  14. What is the address, mailing address and telephone number for the New Jersey Department of Personnel?
    The Department of Personnel is located at: 44 S. Clinton Avenue Trenton, NJ 08625 The mailing address is: New Jersey Department of Personnel P.O. Box 310 Trenton, NJ 08625 The DOP Information Center may be reached at: (609) 292-4144
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  15. How do permanent employees participate in the Intergovernmental Transfer Program (Lateral Transfer)?
    Job openings are posted on the Current Transfer Job Openings web page. If one wishes to be considered for a position, one must follow the filing directions on the announcement. All applications and resumes must be forwarded, as indicated, in the job opening announcement. A representative from the receiving appointing authority will contact the applicant directly to schedule an interview or to request additional information if there is an interest in the applicant.
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  16. Can Intergovernmental Transfers be promotional (example: from present position of sergeant to sergeant)?
    No. Intergovernmental transfers are lateral, not promotional personnel actions. An employee must transfer into an exact title-to-title match or a title comparable in level, duties, and requirements.
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  17. What are some of the conditions of a lateral transfer candidates should think about?
    It is the responsibility of a transferring employee to negotiate an agreement for all areas of employment related concerns the employee may have. Some areas candidates should consider are: Appointment type Salary and other compensation Tax deferred compensation Leaves including vacation leave and sick leave Sick leave carry-over, except for Municipal Police and Municipal Firefighters Supplemental compensation on retirement (SCOR) Pension benefits Life insurance benefits Health and dental insurance and vision care benefits Seniority carry-over, except for Municipal Police and Municipal Firefighter Working test period Residency requirements Candidates: Be sure to discuss any other concerns that are of interest with the appointing authority before signing an Agreement Form.
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  18. What is the role of the New Jersey Department of Personnel?
    The Department of Personnel will provide the administrative support necessary for the success of this hiring program. This includes establishing the program's rules, regulations, policies, and procedures, as well as making determinations to match appropriate candidates to job openings.
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  19. What are some of the requirements as far as education. High school diploma or college degree?
    You must have a high school diploma or a GED. A college degree is not a requirement but would be helpfull when studing for promotional exams.
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  20. What age do you need to be to apply for the position of Police Officer?
    I believe the age is 18 but you can call the New Jersey Department of Personnel or the East Orange Police Department at 973-266-5050 to get the correct answer.
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  21. Can I apply online for the position of Police Officer or do I have to go to East Orange Police Department to retrieve an application?
    You must apply by sending (mail) an application form to the New Jersey Department of Personnel. The applications forms are available through the NJDOP or any Police Department which uses the NJDOP for hiring purposes. You would have to check with the NJDOP if online applications is something they should consider.
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  22. Do you have to be a citizen of the United States to be a police officer or civilian aid. What about if you have permanent residence status?
    Yes; you must be a citizen of the United States and you must reside in the state for the department or agency you are applying upon appointment.
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  23. Do you have to be citizen of the United States in New Jersey to be a police officer? And do you need High School degree or GED equivalent to be concerded for employment?
    Yes, you must be a citizen of the U.S. and have a High School diploma or GED equivalent to apply for the position of Police Officer in most jurisdictions. Some jurisdictions in N.J. require you have 60 or more college credits as an additional requirement to apply for a police officer. Check the requirements with the jurisdiction or contact the New Jersey Department of Personnel.
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  24. Where can I get the Police Officer Application and if there is one available online?
    You must apply to the Department Of Personnel (Civil Service)when the exam is open for East Orange or other N.J. Municipalities. You can call the police department @ 973-266-5000 for more information. The application is not available online.
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  25. Does East Orange have a residency requirement to be certified for Police Officer?
    You must reside in New Jersey but applicants who reside in East Orange are on a seperate list which is chosen first. The county (Essex) list is ranked second, then all other state residents are ranked third.
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  26. How much is the starting salary for Police Officer?
    You can call the East Orange Police Department @ 973-266-5000 for more exact information. The starting salery for police officer is approximately $40,000, but it takes 5 years to reach top salary for patrolmen (like with all departments) which is approximately 67,000 without longivity, overtime etc.
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  27. Im inquiring information on when are the applications for EO police department going to be available.
    You can contact the Department of Personnel (DOP) in Trenton or the East Orange Police Human Services at 973-266-5050 to find if a test is upcomming and where to obtain applications.
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  28. Is the starting salary more if you have a college education?
    The starting salary is determined by contract at the present time in East Orange and having a college education will have no bearing.
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