Fanwood - Certified Police Officer

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Department Fanwood Police Department
Job TitleCertified Police Officer
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Fanwood, NJ

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Fanwood Police Department, NJ Police Jobs


Under the direction of a Shift Supervisor, performs a variety of public safety work providing emergency aid, security and protection to the community's citizens.


  • Patrol assigned areas and aid in preventing crime
  • Enforce Federal, State and Borough laws, ordinances and regulations
  • Observe, report and act upon conditions conducive to crime and danger such as checking buildings for security, assisting other officers on traffic stops and checking suspicious persons and vehicles 
  • Report traffic hazards and direct traffic flows when necessary
  • Determine the nature of calls, investigate circumstances, and take any necessary and prudent actions such as making arrests and transporting prisoners
  • Search prisoners, collect personal effects and assure proper cataloging and safeguarding of personal effects
  • Provide assistance to the public in emergency and non-emergency situations
  • Administer first aid and request medical services
  • Perform crisis intervention in sensitive situations; such as family disputes
  • Provide general information to the public on laws and ordinances 
  • Assist persons with complaints and inquiries and/or direct them to the appropriate authorities 
  • Prepare a variety of records and reports, such as reports on arrests, property impounded, accident offenses and damages to property 
  • Perform preliminary investigative assignments of crimes
  • Conduct interviews of victims, witnesses, suspects and subjects
  • Provide progress reports on cases under investigation
  • Appear in court, and remain readily available to testify on matters of which officer has knowledge
  • Maintain proficiency in the use of police related equipment
  • May assist in training new officers
  • Check business and private property for security. Investigates such conditions as open doors, broken windows and vehicles parked in suspicious places
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Commanding Officer and//or deemed necessary to effectively perform the functions of a Fanwood Police Officer



  • Civil and Constitutional rights
  • Federal and State laws and Borough ordinances
  • Content, intent and application of criminal law
  • Adult and juvenile judicial procedures and criminal justice system
  • Departmental regulations, policies, procedures and general order
  • Laws of arrest, search and seizure
  • Techniques of investigation and interrogation
  • Report writing, case preparation and procedures
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
  • Crime scene management



  • Communicate efficiently both orally and in writing
  • Analyze dangerous situations rapidly and accurately and adopt effective courses of action
  • Enforce State, Municipal and other applicable laws
  • Determine appropriate level and scope of Police response
  • Work continuously and tactfully with citizens and other employees



  • Starting salary for a trained police officer: $55,250
    • Starting salary for someone with 4 years experience: $59,987
    • Current Top Pay (2021): $115,743
    • Horizon BCBS Direct 10 Medical Plan, Delta Dental
    • *Free healthcare in retirement to all current sworn police employees (as of the most recent CBA ending in 2021)
  • Membership in the New Jersey Police and Fireman Retirement System

    • A one-time stipend for credit towards a Criminal Justice or Public Administration Degree at an accredited institution
    • Associates Degree, $950.00
    • Bachelors Degree, $1,900.00
    • Masters Degree, $2,000.00


  • Meet all qualifications pursuant to Borough of Fanwood Ordinance No. 20-08-R
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Age at least 21 years of age at the time of application. Applicants must not have reached their 36th birthday at the time of appointment, except as otherwise set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:14-127 and 40A:14-127.1
  • Must be a resident of New Jersey at the time of appointment 
  • Must have a valid New Jersey driver's license at the time of appointment 
  • Have never been convicted of a criminal offense involving moral turpitude 
  • Must have completed a N.J. State certified police training program and possess a valid PTC Certification OR applicable waiver
  • Not subject to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-178
  • Preference given to residents of Fanwood, Scotch Plains, Union County but no US Citizen that meets all criteria will be disqualified
  • All applicants subject to background screening prior to employment
  • Comply with all Fanwood Police Department, Public Safety Committee and Borough Council Policies 


An applicant must meet one of the following educational requirements and provide supporting official transcripts:

60 college credits from an accredited college or university
At least two years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge


Applicants to the Fanwood Police Department may be disqualified for any of the following:

  • Failure to successfully complete all background screenings
  • Having been convicted of an indictable offense or receiving an indictable conviction expungement
  • A conviction of any offense involving a controlled dangerous substance
  • A conviction of any offense involving a public office position or employment
  • If you were adjudicated by a court or found by an employer to have violated a person’s civil rights in New Jersey or any other state
  • If you participated in a program of supervisory treatment of pre-­‐trial intervention for an indictable offense under J.S.A. 2C:43-­‐12 or the equivalent in another state
  • If you have been convicted of driving while intoxicated two times within 5 years preceding your application, in New Jersey or any other state
  • If your driving privilege is currently suspended or revoked in New Jersey or any other state
  • If you were dishonorably discharged from any branch of the United States military or law enforcement
  • If you are currently subject to a final domestic violence restraining order
  • If you were ever terminated or asked to resign from public office, or position or government employment for misconduct involving your public office, position or employment
  • If you, within the past 5 years, have ever possessed or used any illegal drug or drugs, including anabolic steroids other than those prescribed or provided by a physician or purchased over the counter


All candidates must comply with the Fanwood Police Department tattoo policy.

Offensive tattoos, branding and intentional scarring strictly prohibited. Tattoos, branding and intentional scarring is prohibited on any part of the body if they are obscene, profane, offensive, sexually suggestive and/or prejudicial to good order and discipline. Tattoos of a nature that tend to bring discredit upon the department or discriminatory towards persons based on their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, age, sex or disability are strictly prohibited.


All candidates must successfully complete the following:

  • Oral interviews
  • Writing Sample
  • Background investigation
  • Psychological exam
  • Medical Exam
  • Drug Screening
  • Successful candidates that are hired are assigned to a Field Training Program for the duration of their probationary period

The Borough of Fanwood reserves the right to interview candidates before the closing date of the job announcement.

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Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

Applicants are responsible for checking their email and logging into their PoliceApp, PublicSafetyApp, FireFighterApp or EmployementApp account to monitor for emails, scheduling and process updates.

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