Mountain Lakes - Entry Level Police Officer

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Department Mountain Lakes Police Department
Job TitleEntry Level Police Officer
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Mountain Lakes, NJ

Job Announcement


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This application process is open to all individuals who are currently not NJ PTC Certified or who are Certified Police Officers in a state other than NJ. 

Written Examination

The written examination will take place on January 19th at 6 PM at Mountain Lakes High School.  96 Powerville Road, Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046 in the Auxiliary gym.

Minimum Requirements 

  • Must be a resident of NJ (At time of appointment) 
  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Must be between 21 and 35 years of age.
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university.
  • Must have the ability to perform all tasks and duties of a Police Officer. 
  • Must possess a valid NJ driver’s license.

Must not have a criminal history and must be of good moral character.

Job Description/General Duties

  • Protects citizens by preventing crime, enforcing laws, apprehending suspects, and monitoring traffic.
    Prevents crime by explaining and enforcing applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances; teaching preventive, protective, and defensive tactics; mediating disputes; patrolling assigned area; responding to notices of disturbances; conducting searches; observing suspicious activities; and detaining suspects.
    Apprehends suspects by responding to complaints and calls for help, observing violations, and making arrests.
  • Conducts criminal investigations by gathering evidence, interviewing victims and witnesses, and interrogating suspects.
  • Documents observations and actions by radioing information and completing reports.
  • Reports observations and actions by testifying in court.
  • Fulfills court orders by serving warrants and commitments.
  • Maintains safe traffic conditions by monitoring and directing traffic, enforcing laws and ordinances, investigating accidents, providing escort, and reporting unsafe streets and facilities.
  • Minimizes personal injury by rescuing and reviving victims and radioing for medical assistance.
  • Maintains operations by following department policies and procedures and recommending changes.
  • Ensures operation of equipment by practicing responsible use, completing preventive maintenance requirements, following manufacturer’s instructions, troubleshooting malfunctions, notifying supervisor of needed repairs, and evaluating new equipment and techniques.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by studying applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances; attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; practicing skills; and participating in professional societies.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.


Testing Requirements 

NJSACOP Written Exam-minimum score of 70%
Physical Fitness Test. To score 100%:
Pushups - Males 65 in one minute, Females - 50 in one minute. Situps - Males 50 in one minute, Females 45 in one minute. Squat thrusts - 20 in 30 seconds. Illinois State Police Shuttle Run - 15 Seconds. Vertical Jump - 25 inches. 1.5 mile run - 9 min
30 seconds.

Hiring Process

NJSACOP Written exam
Physical Fitness Test
Panel Interview
Interview with Chief of Police
Background investigation
Drug Screening
Psychological Screening
Medical Screening
Academy Training (Unless already a NJ Police Training Commission Certified Officer).


2021 – Patrolman Salaries

Academy Rate of pay:  $58,802.00

Top Tier Salary:  $115,863.00

About Our Department

Mountain Lakes is an upscale Borough in Morris County, New Jersey, United States, and a suburb of New York City. Mountain Lakes is approximately 3 square miles with a residential population of 4,160. The Mountain Lakes Police Department anticipates hiring five to eight officers within the next two years. The test results will be valid for two years.

The Mountain Lakes Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.   We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, religion, or any other legally protected status.

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