River Vale - Certified Police Officer

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Department River Vale Police Department
Job TitleCertified Police Officer
Salary2023 starting salary $57,786.35
Registration Fee$40.00
Location River Vale, NJ

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River Vale Police Department, NJ Police Jobs

River Vale Police Department


The River Vale Police Department is currently recruiting for the position of

*Certified Police Officer (See requirements below)

2023 starting salary $57,786.35

Applications must be received by May 1st, 2023.



  • NJ State Health Benefits
  • NJ Police & Fire Retirement System



All applicants for the River Vale Police Department must meet the following minimum qualifications to be eligible to participate in the recruitment process for the position of entry level officer. Failure to meet any of these qualifications will automatically disqualify a candidate from further consideration.

At the time of the application, applicants must be:

  • Certified in Basic Course for Police Officers (BCPO) by the NJ Police Training Commission (PTC) with less than three (3) years of full-time police experience, OR
  • Currently enrolled in a Police Training Commission (PTC) certified New Jersey Police Academy, OR
  • Certified as a NJ Special Law Enforcement Officer Class II (SLEO II) AND meet the requirements set forth by the NJ Police Training Commission (PTC) to be eligible for a waiver to Basic Course for Police Officers (BCPO). At least one year from date of certification.


NOTE: This process is not waiver eligible for Class 1 SLEO.


In addition, at the time of the application, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • 21 years of age and less than 35 years of age at time of appointment;
  • A citizen of the United States and a resident of New Jersey at time of appointment;
  • 60 credits from an accredited college or university, OR
  • An honorable discharge with 2 years of active duty service from the United States Armed Forces.
  • Must not have been convicted of any crime of the first, second, third or fourth degree, as designated by the Criminal Code of New Jersey, or a crime or felony offense in any other jurisdiction that involved moral turpitude or, at the time of application, is undergoing or awaiting court action of any kind in regard to such a crime or felony offense.
  • A licensed driver, with a valid New Jersey driver’s license at time of appointment.



  • Pass the command level oral interview and qualify to move forward to an interview with the Public Safety Committee.
  • Complete and pass an extensive background investigation.
  • Complete and pass a psychological examination.
  • Complete and pass a medical examination.



All applications will be completed online at: www.PoliceApp.com/RiverValeNJ




May include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Protect life, private and public property 
  • Prepare and present detailed written reports and cases for prosecutions and/or investigations of criminal, civil, and traffic offenses. 
  • Communicate effectively with the public, other agencies, in court and other formal settings 
  • Ability and willingness to work a variety of shifts of up to twelve hours duration or longer, including nights, weekends, and legal holidays. 
  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits and warrants. 
  • Have a prerequisite level of computer knowledge and familiarity in order to perform computer inquiries and type reports on computer system. 
  • Ability and willingness to lead others in solving community problems, facilitating discussion, and negotiating solutions. 
  • Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with hostile views and opinions of suspects and others encountered in an antagonistic environment. 
  • Stop traffic violators and take appropriate action, identify suspicious individuals and investigate their activities. 
  • Be able to safely operate a motor vehicle often under adverse conditions. 
  • Apprehend violators or offenders of the law, sometimes involving substantial elements of personal danger. In instances where lawful arrests are resisted, the officer must be prepared and able at times, through high levels of physical exertion, to protect citizens, themselves, fellow officers, and overcome the resistance.



Any offensive form of body art which include images that are sexually explicit, racially and/or sexually biased or could be viewed as discriminatory in nature is strictly prohibited. Visible body art on the face and neck is prohibited. Preexisting “Sleeve” tattoo art on an employee’s arms may be ordered to be covered or concealed while the employee is on-duty if determined to be offensive.

The wearing of any items of jewelry (rings, earrings, rods, etc.) through any pierced area of skin that is visible or noticeable is strictly prohibited while on duty.



Prior to a final interview by the River Vale Public Safety Committee, the candidate shall be subject to a background investigation.

The Chief of Police shall appoint a Detective and/or members of the department to conduct a detailed background investigation of the passing candidates. 

The necessary investigation shall include is but not necessarily limited to the following: 

  • Criminal background.
  • Motor vehicle background.
  • Character check.
  • Educational institution checks.
  • Employers (past and present).
  • Military information.
  • Neighbors, friends and reference checks.
  • General background investigation.
  • Court and other legal information, including a credit background.
  • In-depth personal interview.


The investigating team shall furnish a written report to the Chief of Police with its recommendations concerning the suitability of the candidate for appointment

Once a final candidate has been granted a conditional offer of employment by the Township of River Vale, the candidate shall be subject to: 

Medical Examination: performed by the Police Physician. He/she shall furnish the Police Department and the applicant with a written certificate of that examination. 

Drug Testing Notice: Pre-employment medical examination will include drug testing. A negative result is a condition of employment and a positive result will:

  • Result in the candidate being dropped from consideration for employment,
  • Cause the candidate’s name to be reported to the central drug registry maintained by the Division of State Police; and
  • Preclude the candidate from being considered for future law enforcement employment for a period of two years from the date of the drug test.
  • If the candidate is currently employed by another agency as a sworn law enforcement officer and the officer tests positive for illegal drug use, the officer’s employing agency will be notified. 


Psychological Examination: a psychological examination to be administered by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist selected by the Chief of Police. A report evaluating the suitability of the candidate for police and law enforcement duty shall be submitted to the Chief of Police. 

If the candidate fails the medical or psychological examination, he/she shall be automatically disqualified from the hiring process. 

Note: A conditional offer of employment does not guarantee a position as a police officer. Applicants must still successfully complete the above testing and be approved by the Township of River Vale.

Please direct questions regarding this position to Jwisse@RiverValeNJ.org

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