Montvale - Entry Level Police Officer

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Department Montvale Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleEntry Level Police Officer
Registration Fee$125.00
Location Montvale, NJ

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Montvale Police Department, NJ Police JobsMONTVALE POLICE DEPARTMENT



The process will close on the deadline provided or when the first 150 applications have been received.



Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the Montvale Police Department.

Below is the timeline for the hiring process.  There are 7 elements that must be satisfied for hiring consideration.  Each element must be met fully to reach the next phase of testing.  Failure to meet any of the criteria required will result in elimination from the process.  Each phase of the process is competitive, with only the highest independent scores moving forward after each phase.

The elements of the Montvale Police Department hiring process are:

  1. Written Examination
  2. Physical Agility Testing
  3. Background Check
  4. Police Interview
  5. Council Interview
  6. Psychological Testing
  7. Medical Clearance


The written test is limited to one hundred and fifty (150) applicants.  The test site is Pascack Hills High School 225 West Grand Ave., Montvale, N.J. 07645 in the cafeteria.  The test will be administered and proctored by the New Jersey State Police Chiefs Association on Friday, September 18, 2020.  The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the test begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.  All applicants will park in the front parking lot of Pascack Hills High School.  Applicants who arrive late will be disqualified from the process.  Cell phones and any other electronic devices are prohibited in the test site.  All applicants must wear a face covering or mask to be allowed entry to the school.  Those who arrive without a face covering will be disqualified from the process.

The top forty (40) scores or however many pass (whichever is lower) from the written test will move on to the Physical Agility Exam.  Current Borough of Montvale employees and Borough of Montvale recognized volunteers including Triboro Volunteer Ambulance Corp. members will receive two (2) points added to their written test score.  No further advantage will be given at any other phase of the selection process. Those moving on will be notified by phone, email or U.S. mail.  Those who do not move on will be notified by email only.  Be sure to list an accurate email address on the test registration.

The Montvale Police Department is expected to hire up to three (3) new police officers from this testing cycle.  To meet the immediate administrative needs of the Department, Police Training Commission Certified candidates who score in the top forty (40) may be interviewed separately for one (1) direct hire.  That candidate will still have to satisfy all of the hiring elements listed above.  The other passing PTC certified candidates will continue in the process for further consideration.

Minimum requirements to be eligible for hire as a Police Officer in the Montvale Police Department are as follows:


United States Citizen;

  1. is sound in body and of good health sufficient to satisfy the board of trustees of the police and firemen's retirement system of New Jersey as to his eligibility for membership in the retirement system;
  2. is able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently;
  3. is of good moral character, and has not been convicted of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude:
  4. New Jersey resident at time of appointment;
  5. Possess a valid New Jersey driver’s license at time of appointment;
  6. Be at least 18 years old; but less than 35 years old at time of appointment
  7. And, have obtained an A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice or Police Science from an accredited college AND have prior police related experience;

            Or, a Bachelors of Arts or Science degree from an accredited college or university;

            Or, an Honorable Discharge from one of the branches of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines or Coast Guard) after serving two (2) or more years of active duty AND having obtained 30 or more credits toward a degree from an accredited college or university.

The Physical Agility Exam will be scheduled on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute, 281 Campgaw Rd. Mahwah, NJ 07430 .  Testing will begin promptly at 7 AM-those who arrive late will be immediately disqualified from any further participation in the process.

You must bring a doctor’s note dated within 30 days of the physical agility exam certifying that you are medically fit to take the above test.  Failure to produce the doctor’s note will result in elimination from the process.  The doctor’s note will be collected at the beginning of the physical.


The top sixteen (16) scores or however many pass (whichever is lower) from the Physical Agility Exam will move on to the full application phase of the process.  Those moving on will be notified by phone or email.  Those who do not move on will be notified by email.

Those moving on will be notified pick up the full Montvale Police Application on Monday, October 5, or Tuesday, October 6, 2020 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Montvale Police HQ, 12 Mercedes Drive Montvale, N.J. 07645.  Applicants who are late will be eliminated from the process. 

Fully completed applications are due back to the Montvale Police Department no later than 4:00 p.m.  Friday, October 9, 2020.  Applicants that turn in applications late or incomplete will be disqualified from the process.

Applicants who complete the Police Application properly will be scheduled for interviews on the week of October 12, 2020 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.  Interviews will be held at the Montvale Police Department 12 Mercedes Drive Montvale, N.J. 07645.

The top eight (8) applicants will move on to the background check portion of the process and will be notified by phone and email.  Those who are not selected to continue will be notified by email and U.S. mail.

Background investigations for the top eight (8) remaining candidates begin immediately following the interviews.   Candidates will comply with all requests by their assigned investigator or be disqualified from the process.  If a candidate from the top six is eliminated due to an unsatisfactory background check, the next eligible candidate on the list will move into the final group for background investigation.

The six semi-finalists will be scheduled for an interview with the Montvale Mayor and Council in November 2020.  The finalist will be given a Conditional Offer of Employment pending the successful outcome of a psychological examination, a Health and Occupational Safety exam and the Bergen County Police Academy Physical Screening.

The finalist will be scheduled for a psychological examination and a Health and Occupational Safety exam during the week following the Mayor and Council interview.  In the event that a finalist is disqualified as a result of the psychological or the Health and Occupational Safety examinations, the next eligible candidate will be scheduled for the above testing.  The candidate will also be required to pass the Bergen County Police Academy Pre-Assessment Physical scheduled for January 2021.

The selected candidate will be sworn in at a December, 2020 meeting of the Borough of Montvale Mayor and Council. For any candidate that is not fully PTC certified (no waivers), the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute Basic Police Officer class begins on January 17, 2021 with a graduation date of June 10, 2021.


Good luck.


Chief Joseph Sanfilippo

Note: The Montvale Police Department and the Borough of Montvale reserves the right to adjust, modify, cancel or change any part of this timeline or process to meet the administrative needs of the Borough or Police Department.

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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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