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Department NJ TRANSIT Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job Title2023 NJ TRANSIT Recruitment (Interest Capture)
Location Newark, NJ

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NJ TRANSIT Police Department, NJ Police Jobs



The application period will open starting on July 17, 2023, at 9:00am; only the first 2000 applicants will be considered. PLEASE ENTER YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW TO BE ADDED TO THE NOTIFICATION LIST TO BE INVITED TO OUR FALL POLICE EXAM!



The application period will open starting on July 17, 2023, at 9:00am; only the first 2000 applicants will be considered and will be contacted via Policeapp.com with details regarding the Physical Qualification Test, which will be held the weekend of October 21-22 or October 28-29.  There will be a $35 non-refundable application fee to apply for the test. (Payable by Debit/Credit Card Only). The written test is scheduled for December 2 or December 3.

When applying through Policeapp.com you MUST UPLOAD the following documents (documents must be in one of the following formats doc,docx,pdf,jpg,jpeg,gif,png)


The NJ TRANSIT Police hiring process is designed to identify the most qualified candidates for the position. At the completion of each stage of the hiring process, applicants will be notified of their status via Policeapp.com. Only those applicants meeting the standards of the NJ TRANSIT Police Department are selected to continue in the process.



A candidate will be rejected from the selection process that has intentionally misrepresented, falsified, or concealed material and that, upon submission of any official document (online or otherwise), made a false statement, or attempted to practice any deception or fraud in this initial application, examination, interview, background, or in securing eligibility for appointment.

Read the Minimum Qualifications carefully prior to applying through Policeapp.com. Only those applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be allowed to proceed in the selection process.  Partial or incomplete document submission will not be accepted and will disqualify you from the selection process & applications fees will not be refunded.


To be considered as a NJ TRANSIT Police Officer, you must meet all of the following requirements. 

Failure to meet and provide appropriate documentation that demonstrates fulfillment of these requirements when applying through Policeapp.com will result in your disqualification from the NJ TRANSIT Police Officer selection process.




EDUCATION (Achieved by 12/31/2023)

A candidate MUST Have:


Failure to provide proof that you have satisfied minimum requirements on the date of application submission will eliminate you from further consideration as a NJ TRANSIT Police Officer Candidate.


Applicants are advised that the NJ TRANSIT Police Department will automatically disqualify any applicant who does not meet the general requirements as detailed in the eligibility requirement section.

An applicant will be automatically disqualified if he/she meets one or more than one of the following factors:

The applicant has any felony convictions in any State or be under indictment or have a pending felony case.

The applicant has been convicted of, or plea agreement to, any offense involving domestic violence.



Throughout this selection process, you will be required to present two forms of identification, one of which will need to be a valid government issued photo identification (e.g., photo driver license, photo identification issued by the County Clerk's Office, passport, Motor Vehicle ID, Military ID).

The selection process consists of the following and applicants should be prepared to participate in every part of the selection process.  Applicants will be notified of their status and certain test results via Policeapp.com.  Please use an email address that will remain with you for at least one full year:



All submissions through Policeapp.com will be reviewed to determine minimum qualifications, automatic disqualifiers, and completeness. Successful applicants will be invited to the Physical Qualification Test.  As determined solely by the agency, partial or incomplete document submission will not be accepted and will disqualify you from the selection process.


The purpose of this test is to ensure that each applicant meets the entry-level physical performance standards for the department and to ensure recruits are in satisfactory physical condition for acceptance by an approved police academy. The candidate must perform a PQT. Failure of any one exercise will disqualify the applicant and remove them from the current selection process at that time. The tests consist of:


Applicants that pass the PQT will be invited to the Written Examination.  The written exam is scheduled for December 2 or 3.

The following will assist you in the preparation for the NJ TRANSIT Physical Qualification Test:


Physical Qualification Test Appropriate Clothing

On the day of your test, wear athletic clothing.  Examples of athletic clothing are sweatshirt or T-shirt; sweat pants or shorts and sneakers.  All exercises will be administered indoors and outdoors; please dress accordingly.



The written test consists of five content areas designed to evaluate the competencies needed to effectively perform the duties of a NJ TRANSIT Police Officer. Information regarding an Entry-Level Police Officer Candidate Study Guide is available exclusively from International Personnel Management Association- Human Resources (IPMA-HR). You can order this online for $20.00 at https://www.publicsafetycompass.com/product/poa-cognitive-series-study-guide/.

This study guide is designed to help entry- level police officer candidates prepare to take any of IPMA-HR’s entry-level police officer tests. 

Please note The NJ TRANSIT Police Department does not endorse any other study guide or study group. 



Upon successful completion of your submission through Policeapp.com, passing of the Physical Qualification and Written Examination phase, all information will be collected and assessed by a review panel.

Applicants selected to move forward to the panel interview phase will be advised via Policeapp.com.  It is your responsibility to keep your email up to date.


A comprehensive pre-employment background investigation will be conducted by the NJ TRANSIT Police Department on all candidates that pass the panel interview.  Candidates will be required to sign appropriate authorizations that will permit full investigation and complete disclosure of personal information. Candidates who do not report their complete background record and do not provide complete and truthful answers during the background investigation will be disqualified from the selection process at any time.


An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment medical examination. The medical examination is conducted to determine the candidate’s ability to perform the essential functions of a NJ TRANSIT Police Officer. Upon successful completion of the medical examinations, the candidate will be eligible for employment as a NJ TRANSIT Police Officer and sworn into a certified Police Academy.


$57,508 Non-Cetified *

(*While attending the Police Academy)

$68,345 NJ PTC Certified


4 days on 3 days off schedule; 10-hour days.


Each full-time sworn member will receive benefits in accordance with the current collective bargaining agreement.  These benefits include a major medical health plan, a prescription plan, dental insurance, and a group life insurance as part of the Police & Fire Retirement System.


Police Training Commission candidates who successfully complete all of the evaluation components are subject to one-year probation from date of employment.  Non- Police Training Commission candidates who successfully complete all of the evaluation components are subject to one-year probation from graduation from a certified Police Academy.  Candidates will be assigned to a sixteen-week Field Training Program after graduation from a certified Police Academy. As a NJ TRANSIT Police Officer, you will be assigned to various locations throughout the state. All sworn officers of the NJ TRANSIT Police Department are fully certified by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, Police Training Commission.  Candidates MUST be able to accept assignments throughout the state of NJ.


The mission of the NJ TRANSIT Police Department is to maintain public order and safety while deterring and preventing terrorism and crime throughout the NJ TRANSIT system.


We will accomplish our mission through intelligence led policing and counter-terrorism based approaches in all of our policing strategies. Our commitment to exceptional public service, will act as the foundation in guiding our relentless crime prevention and suppression efforts. This vision exemplifies our pursuit of excellence in setting the standard in transit policing throughout the country.



If at any time you have questions, please email the NJ TRANSIT Police Recruiting Unit at NJTPD_ExamQuestions@njtransit.com 

NJ TRANSIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer



The primary mission of the NJ TRANSIT Police is to ensure a safe and orderly environment within the transit system, promoting the confidence of the riding public and enhancing the maximum use of the transit system. Our fundamental duty is to safeguard lives and property; protect against deception, intimidation and violence; and to uphold, without prejudice, the Constitutional rights of all people. Learn More about the agency on their website: https://police.njtransit.com/.


Today, the NJ TRANSIT Police Department (NJTPD) is the only transit policing agency in the country with statewide authority and jurisdiction. The Department was created on January 1, 1983, and it evolved as a result of the passage of the Public Transportation Act of 1979 and subsequent legislation on the state and federal levels. At that time, the original complement included thirty-nine Commissioned Rail Police Officers. On January 12, 1990, NJSA 27:25-15.1 was enacted into law, and it established the NJ Transit Police Department as a sworn law enforcement agency with the "general authority, without limitation, to exercise police powers and duties, as provided for police officers and law enforcement officers, in all criminal and traffic matters at all times throughout the State..." The current, authorized strength of the Department includes 220 sworn officers and 67 non-sworn members (which include Fare Enforcement Inspectors) serving the more than 400,000 commuters who use the NJ Transit system daily. In addition, the NJ TRANSIT Police are responsible for policing the Hudson/Bergen Light Rail and the RiverLINE.


Please direct questions regarding this position to NJTPD_ExamQuestions@njtransit.com

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.

Applicants are responsible for checking their email and logging into their PoliceApp, PublicSafetyApp, FireFighterApp or EmployementApp account to monitor for emails, scheduling and process updates.

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