Fanwood - Police Officer (PTC Certified)

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Department Fanwood Police Department
Job TitlePolice Officer (PTC Certified)
Salary$55,250 (4+ years of experience, $58,968) | Highest Salary $115,743
Deadline Feb 28, 2021 11:59 PM Eastern
Registration Fee$25.00
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  cataloguing  and  safeguarding  of  personal   effects  
  • Provide  assistance  to  the  public  in  emergency  and  non-­‐emergency  situations    
  • Administer  first  aid  and  request  medical  service   
  • 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  Office


  • 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  


  • The  starting  salary  for  a  police  officer  is  $55,250.33
    • If  the  officer  possesses  more  than  4  years  experience,  the  starting  salary  shall  be  $58,968.18
  • College  Incentive  Program  –  One  time  disbursement  as  per  the  current  Collective  Bargaining  Agreement
    • Stipend  for  credits  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
  • Medical  and  dental  benefits
  • Membership  in  the  New  Jersey  Police  and  Fireman  Retirement  System


  • 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
  • Has  never  been  convicted  of  a  criminal  offense  involving  moral  turpitude
  • 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:

  • A Bachelor Degree (Criminal Justice or Public Administration is preferred), signifying completion of the undergraduate curriculum and graduation from an accredited college or university; or
  • An Associate Degree (Criminal Justice or Public Administration is preferred) or have completed 60 college credits towards a degree (Criminal Justice or Public Administration is preferred) from an accredited college or university and at least two years of satisfactory employment for either; or
  • Completed 60 college credits towards a degree (Criminal Justice or Public Administration is preferred) from an accredited college or university, and at least two years of active-duty military service with an honorable discharge and be a certified police officer by the New Jersey Police Training Commission


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 N.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:  

  1. Oral interviews
  2. General Exam
  3. Background investigation
  4. Psychological Exam
  5. Medical Exam
  6. Drug Screening


Fanwood Police Department, NJ Police Jobs

Equal employment opportunity shall be afforded to all Borough of Fanwood employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veterans’ status, or the presence of non-job related medical condition or handicap. This shall apply to recruitment, hiring, promotions, training, compensation, transfers, layoffs, termination and benefits.

Kindly forward any application related questions to Lt. Marc Gottlick Applicants will be notified if their initial application is selected to move to the next step of the hiring process. Please do not call Fanwood Police Headquarters for results regarding your application.

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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.

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