Ocean City - Special Law Enforcement Officer, Class I & II

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Department Ocean City Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleSpecial Law Enforcement Officer, Class I & II
Registration Fee$40.00
Location Ocean City, NJ

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Ocean City Police Department, NJ Police Jobs



2023 Special Law Enforcement Officer Class I & II



These officers have the limited authority and arrest powers when compared to a full time police officer.  The training is conducted at the Cape May County Police Academy and the Special Officer I is certified by the New Jersey Police Training Commission.  

This hiring process is for the Basic Course for SLEO I Officers.  The training program is tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2023.  The program includes training in baton, handcuffing, oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray, defensive tactics, disorderly persons offenses, traffic control and traffic law, first aid, use of force, various patrol concepts, and ethics.


These officers have the same authority and arrest powers as a full time police officer while they are employed and on-duty. In addition to the above responsibilities they have the responsibility of carrying a firearm.

The training is intense and is conducted at the Cape May County Police Academy.  This hiring process is for the 60th Basic Course for SLEO II Officers, which is tentatively scheduled December through April.  Training is held three days per week and most Saturdays.  The weekday training is approximately 3pm to 10pm, and Saturday training is approximately 8am to 5pm.

The course of study includes, history of law enforcement, the NJ court system, community responsibility, criminal law, arrest search and seizure, use of force, patrol vehicle operations, motor vehicle law, first responder emergency rescue, firearms, baton, chemical agents, self-defense, patrol tactics, criminal law, communications, report writing, court room testimony, military drill, and physical fitness and additional law enforcement training. Graduating Officers can apply for college credits at Atlantic Cape Community College and receive full New Jersey State Special Law Enforcement Certification at graduation.


Competitive starting salary for both positions


Ocean City is a progressive department which currently employees 68 sworn police officers.  It relies on SLEO officers to supplement our force during our busy season.  Ocean City is an island resort that has a high influx of seasonal residents and tourists during the summer months.  Our population grows from approximately 12,000 to over 150,000 during the summer months.  We respond to approximately 45,000 service calls per year.

SLEO’s are utilized in a variety of capacities.  Assignments are made based on departmental demands.  Assignments include Patrol Squads, the Boardwalk Power Squad, the Noise and Alcohol Unit, Community Oriented Policing Unit, Detective Bureau, and the Marine Unit.

Ocean City is a customer service-oriented town with a reputation as “America’s Greatest Family Resort.”  The Police Department is an accredited agency through the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.


Applicants must comply with the following basic qualification standards:

United States Citizen that possesses a valid driver’s license

Read and write the English language

Age 18 or older

Possess a High School Diploma or Equivalent

Be of good moral character

Pass Background Investigation, Oral Interview, Psychological Profile, Medical Examination, Drug Testing

*A positive drug test will result in the following:
-Dropped from consideration for employment
-Report to the Central Drug Registry maintained by the New Jersey State Police
-Preclude the applicant from being considered for future law enforcement employment for a period of two (2) years form the date of testing
-If currently a sworn law enforcement officer, notification to his/her agency and you will be terminated from employment and permanently barred from future law enforcement employment in New Jersey.
*Refusal to submit to a drug test shall result in no longer being considered for law enforcement 


Application Review, Background Investigation, Oral Interview, Conditional Offer of Employment, Psychological Testing, Medical Testing, Drug Testing, Final Approval from the Chief of Police

Please note, once positions are filled, the hiring process will be terminated.  

The Ocean City Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please direct questions regarding this position to ocpdtrainingunit@ocnj.us

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