Princeton - Entry Level Police Officer

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Department Princeton Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleEntry Level Police Officer
Registration Fee$45.00
Location Princeton, NJ

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Princeton Police Department, NJ Police Jobs




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The Princeton Police Department is looking for candidates who are intelligent, possess good writing skills, good verbal communication skills, like to work with people to solve community problems, are self-starters, and are self-assured, positive thinking persons.  


The Princeton Police Department was formed on January 1, 2013, when the Borough of Princeton and the Township of Princeton consolidated forming one Princeton.  The consolidation of the Princeton’s also included the former Borough and Township Police Departments merging into one Police Department, The Princeton Police Department.  The Princeton Police Department has a very diverse compliment of highly qualified officers, many of whom have earned bachelors and master’s degrees.

The Princeton Police Department is organized by the separation of three Divisions: Operations, Investigative and Support Services.  Within these divisions are the Patrol Bureau, Detective Bureau, Traffic Bureau, K9 Bureau, Records Bureau and Safe Neighborhood Bureau.  The Department has identified itself as a service oriented police department and participates in many community functions to include Community Night Out and the Youth Police Academy.

Princeton is a historic town situated in central New Jersey midway between Philadelphia and New York City.  Settled in the 1690’s, Princeton is known for its natural beauty and accessibility to metropolitan centers.  Princeton is a college town and is the home of Princeton University, Rider University-Westminster Choir College Campus, and the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Princeton has a diverse residential population of approximately 30,000 residents housed within its 18.1 square miles.  The hub of Princeton is its bustling central business district featuring many fine shops, restaurants, and coffee shops.  Residents are enriched by the many cultural activities that occur on the Princeton University campus and at McCarter Theater.  Princeton University also hosts many NCAA Division I athletic events throughout the year.

For more information on the Princeton Police Department, please visit, on Facebook at and on Twitter at @princetonpolice


  • Between 18 and 35 years of age
  • Citizen of the United States
  • New Jersey resident at the time of appointment
  • Possess a valid New Jersey driver’s license at the time of appointment
  • Possess an Associate’s Degree, 60 college credits or 4 years of active military service
  • Vision no more than 20/100 in each eye, corrected to 20/20 in each eye
  • Normal hearing in both ears
  • Good physical condition
  • Good moral character
  • Able to swim
  • Able to distinguish colors


Candidates who successfully pass a written test will be subject to a physical fitness test.  Selected candidates will also undergo a series of interviews and an intensive background investigation. 

The written entrance examination will be administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.  The exam will take place on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 5:30pm at The Patriots Theater at the Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton NJ 08608.   Free parking is available in the state parking lots on Memorial Drive near the War Memorial.  For more information on parking and directions, please visit:

Please bring the following items with you to the written test:  At least two #2 pencils, a clipboard and a photo ID.      

The physical fitness test will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2018 starting at 9:00am at the Mercer County Police Academy, located on the campus of Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor NJ 08550.  Utilize the Hughes Drive entrance to Mercer County Community College and park at the Mercer High School.

The physical fitness test will consist of a 1.5 mile run in 14:40 minutes or less, 31 pushups in one minute and 34 sit-ups in one minute.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the written and physical exams to check-in and bring a photo ID.  


Please know that an optional Study Guide for the Written Examination is available for an additional $16.00.  Should you choose to purchase a study guide, the $16.00 fee will be added on to your application submission fee.

Candidates who purchase Study Guides must pick up their Study Guide from the Record’s Bureau of the Princeton Police Department between the hours of 8:00AM to 4:00PM, Monday to Friday. You must bring a Photo ID and a copy of your Submission/Payment Confirmation.


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