Hamilton Police Division - Careers
Considering a career with the Hamilton Township Police Division?
You must be a resident of Hamilton Township at the time of your application and also at the time of appointment per Hamilton Township Ordinance 106-6:
"All persons appointed by the mayor as employees of the township shall be residents of the township at the time of application for employment, which residency shall be continuously maintained up to and including the date of appointment. See N.J.A.C. 4A:4-2.11(b)( http://www.state.nj.us/csc/about/about/title4a/ch4_2.html )
This section shall not apply to those positions which are exempted from residency requirements by state statute."
In addition to the Township of Hamilton residency requirement, the Hamilton Township Police Division uses the testing and certification of the New Jersey Civil Service Commission (NJCSC).
In order to be considered for employment as a Hamilton Township Police Officer in an entry-level law enforcement position, candidates must pass a written exam called the Law Enforcement Examination (LEE). Those who pass will remain in the eligible pool for two years. A date for the next announcement of the entry-level law enforcement exam (LEE) has not yet been determined, but is expected to be in 2015. Please check with the NJCSC (609) 292-4144, or this website for an announcement.
To be eligible, candidates must be:
· A United States Citizen
· A resident of Hamilton Township as stated above
· 18 Years of age and no older than 35 years of age
· Have a high school diploma or equivalent General Education Development (GED) certificate
· Possess a valid New Jersey Driver's License
The NJCSC test is a test designed to provide all applicants with an equal opportunity to compete and is only one objective tool in the overall process. The test is based on the knowledge and abilities that are required to perform the title of police officer. Test scores are used to identify qualified candidates.
Once the NJCSC provides the Township of Hamilton with the results of the test, you must then complete a rigorous background investigation which will include a verification of qualifying credentials, review of any criminal record, and verification of at least three personal references.
Once you have successfully completed the background investigation, you will be given an offer of employment and sent for a medical exam, which will include a drug screening and psychological exam prior to appointment. Upon appointment you will be sent to the police academy for training, which will include a physical agility test. YOU MUST pass all required training during the academy process which may be a residential or non-residential training program that takes approximately 22 weeks.
What if I am a Police Officer in another municipality, can I transfer laterally to the Hamilton Township Police Division?
Yes, but the intergovernmental transfer will require the approval of both your current employer as well as of the employer to which you are applying. See NJCSC rules governing intergovernmental transfers:
What if I am a police officer in another jurisdiction who has been recently laid off, can I seek employment with the Hamilton Township Police Division?
Yes, we do use what is commonly known as the "Rice" list to employ qualified police officers who have been recently laid off from other jurisdictions, see NJSA 40A:14-180 and NJAC 4A:4-3.9 and 3.10 wherein eligible candidates may be selected from the Special Employment List.
The Hamilton Police Division is an Equal Opportunity Employer.